Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Why This Mom Loves @Squishysnakpak!

I have something to tell you that may cause you some alarm.  My Little One loves her veggies. My four year old loves food. Period.

She is a meat eater, veggie monster, fruit lover...and has adventurous taste when it comes to food. She loves international cuisine. Yet, she tells me with a sad face that her friends don't like vegetables and "they say veggies are GWOSS!"

That makes me really sad.

I've tried to make her meals seem like meals her peers get, without going the high sodium, high sugar, packaged food route. A treat would be a serving of cheese that she can unwrap. I really do think it's the packaging and having something to unwrap that she wants. She doesn't ever eat the stuff I buy her when she pleads with me because that's what her friends get. She leaves it untouched and says she wants "Mama's cooking".

I was so happy to cross paths with Squishy Snak Pak on Twitter back in January! It was rather serendipitous!

Squishy Snak Pak is a snack container that you fill from the bottom and squish out the top. It's made from BPA-free materials and has a choke-proof cap.The best thing about this product (in my opinion) is the fact that you can wash it and reuse it again and again! This is important to me because I do the whole "litterless lunch" thing with Little One's school lunches.

Squishy Snak Pak is perfect because it's safe, reusable, convenient, and it "looks" like a fun "packaged" food  product. Little One won't feel left out because she's not getting all that pre-packaged stuff, and she'll still be getting food that Mama makes. Don't get me wrong. I'm not super militant about the food she gets. She can have treats once in a while, but when it becomes habit or an every day thing, that's when I have issues.

 Check out the Squishy Snak Paks! I love that there's a window so you can see what's in there!

The Snak Pak on the left has an orange and peach Greek yogurt smoothie and the one on the right has a Beet-pomegranate-apple-blueberry-sweetpotato-Greek yogurt smoothie.

The design is also fun and gender-neutral. It's really cute, and like I said, Little One thinks she's having a fun packaged snack like her friends, but it's actually chock full of goodness!

This is what I've done with our Squishy Snak Paks:

{Beet-Pomegranate-Apple-Blueberry-Sweetpotato-Greek Yogurt Smoothie}

1 beet
1/2 c pomegranate seeds
1 apple
1/2 c blueberries
1/2 a sweetpotato
1.5 c plain Greek yogurt
Honey to taste (if you wish)

You can either use an electric juicer and juice all of the above fruits and veggies and then blend well with the yogurt and honey OR you can cook and puree the vegetables and fruit and mix the yogurt and honey with that.  If you have a juicer, I recommend juicing. We love all the vitamins and minerals raw veg can give you.
If juicing, wash and scrub the veg, but do not peel the skin. The skin is full of nutrients and flavour. Just wash, cut into strips to fit into your juicer, and juice the sweet potato and beets. For added sweetness, you can also juice 1 carrot for this recipe. I didn't do it this time, but carrot and apple make a really sweet combination.

If you decide to cook the vegetables and fruit, this recipe makes a lovely puree for babies.

What I love about the Squishy Snak Paks is that you can add your baby's favourite pureed combinations and it holds up to 1/2 a cup and can be packed in a lunch bag or insulated diaper bag compartment for on the go!

They're even great for freezer storage of portioned baby food made by Mom!

Little One LOVES her Squisky Snak Paks and so does her Mommy!

For more information, visit the Squishy Snak Pak website. Connect with them on Twiiter and Facebook too!

Disclosure -We received the above items to facilitate this honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed on this blog are honest and my own.


Eve said...

These are such a cute idea! Love this! Would be great to just pop into the diaper bag or purse for my toddler! Thanks for sharing. Will check out the site now. Thanks..

Christine McN said...

Thanks! Yes! They're really great! Little One enjoys them in her lunchbox! She gets a kick out of them and thinks they're so cool!

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