I still remember the day I discovered what is known in our house as “the pouch.” I saw one in a Starbucks the day before I was scheduled to take Graham on a plane to Boston where we were just about to get settled. I needed to find snacks for him to eat easily. He was only 11 months old and I wasn’t looking forward to spooning baby food into his mouth on the plane. The puree pouch was miraculous. And I started finding them on the shelves at BabiesRUs shortly after that. They’ve been a staple ever since. They are usually in my purse, they’re something the kids can eat for any meal of the day, and even Graham has been known to take them in his lunch box.
My independent eaters love to be able to feed themselves without utensils and without a mess. It’s really a win-win for everyone.
While I love the pouches, there are now so many brands out there that it can get a little overwhelming. But I definitely have my favorites after using pretty much all the brands there are. Among my favorites: Happy Family.
My favorite things?
- Price. Some of these pouches are around $2 each! I can consistently find Happy Family pouches for close to $1.
- Bulk. I can find whole boxes of Happy Family pouches and get them for less than $1 each. Right now I pick them up every time we go to BJ’s.
- Multiple Food Groups. My kids are always avoiding something, be it vegetables or grains or dairy. The Happy Family pouches don’t have just fruit and even go beyond the fruit/veggie combo. They also have salba grain, great for my carb-avoiders. And they have new Greek Yogurt pouches when someone’s going on a milk strike.
- Organic. I don’t always get to go organic for my kids, so that’s a plus.
The kind folks at Happy Family sent over some of their products for the kiddos to try out and we’ll be giving away a bundle of Happy Family loot!
We got 4 new kinds of pouches to try: the Plus pouch with loads of healthy boosting ingredients (kale, apple and mango), the Greek Yogurt pouches (one with kale, apple, spinach and one with pomegranate, apple and beet), the Super pouch (with Acai grape and apple) and the Treat pouch (caramel apple). My kids went through the Plus, Greek Yogurt and Super pouches just as fast as they usually do. All finished, all happy.
As for the Treat pouch, that came in handy for a bit of healthy bribery (only 100 calories) while I finished this post.
In addition to the pouches we got happyyogis (yogurt/fruit drops), happy munchies (carrot rice cakes) and toddler meal bowls. The yogurt melts went fast and while they were a little puzzled by the rice cakes, they happily took them when they realized they were just like a chip.
The only thing that wasn’t a resounding success was the toddler meal bowls. But then again, my kids don’t really like it when their food touches. So they don’t like ANY meal bowls.
I’m definitely pleased with the new pouches. I need to get as many nutrients into my picky kids as I can and they almost never say no to a pouch. And we’ll be adding the rice cakes to our snack routine.
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And YOU can win a Happy Family toddler pack, too!
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Thanks to Happy Family for providing us with their product for this review and giveaway.