I’ve been making pouches for Evan since he was about 8 months old, or so (he just turned 2 recently). The entire time I’ve been using the Infantino Squeeze Station, which is just $20 right now on Amazon. I am also using their pouches, which are unfortunately Not reusable. Ideally, I’d like to buy reusable ones, but in the meantime I am stocked up with the disposable ones due to a major clearance markdown at Target — and I can’t resist clearance if it’s something I’ll use for sure.
The process is so simple to make these, and it only takes 20-25 minutes to prep, make, and cleanup. So for less than 30 minutes of my day, I’ll gladly spend the time making these because I know then Evan is getting a dose of organic fruits and veggies. Evan is not a fan of vegetables, but he sure loves these pouches!
Note: I have included a few shots of our finished kitchen after the remodel! Scroll to bottom of post for those pictures.
I use our Nutribullet for making them, however any other blender should do the trick — as long as your fruits/veggies are on the softer side. This particular recipe is the only one we’ve used, and Evan has yet to turn one down. I think it’s a good blend/ratio of ingredients. Scroll down for the recipe!
Although I buy all organic for these pouches, I still use my handy veggie wash from Thrive Market to clean a few items.
RECIPE: (one batch makes 5-6 pouches. I double this recipe and make 11-12 at a time)
I cannot take credit for this recipe, as I found it a long time ago on Pinterest. I do not have the link to share unfortunately.
- 2 Pears
- 1 Banana
- 1 Avovado
- 1-2 cups Spinach
- Juice from 2 Oranges
After cutting everything, I place ingredients in the largest container that came with our Nutribullet. For the avocado, the easiest way to cut is making a 360 degree cut, and squeezing out both sides into the container. I leave the skin on the pears since they have a lot of fiber, and that’s always good for the digestive system! Make sure to add some water to help with blending and to produce enough product. I don’t have an exact measurement but use your best judgment.. maybe half to three quarters of a cup.
After blending, pour mixture into the squeeze station tubes (very user friendly product). Fill to the top line (there are 3), unless you want to make smaller sized pouches (for little babes). Once you have all three filled, use the included device to push down the food directly into the pouch. Then, unscrew the tube and place a cap on the pouch. I usually have a tad bit come out after securing the lid, which I simply rinse off in the sink.
I make sure to keep about 10 of my 12 pouches in the freezer, as they can freeze for up to 60 days. The other 2 I leave in the fridge for immediate snacking – they keep in there for 48 hours.
These pouches are so handy and I love knowing how healthy they are, because I made them! I haven’t added up the cost yet to compare to the $1.79 pouches we buy at Target occasionally. However, I’m OK spending a tad more for fresh ingredients. Tip: If you have chia seeds or flax seed – feel free to throw that in too! I’ll sometimes add chia seeds if we have them on hand. It only helps, and your child will probably not notice. Enjoy! Thanks for reading. Below are a few photos from our completed kitchen! I’ll eventually do a more detailed post on the completion of it.