Make Your Own Fruit & Veggie Pouches!

Two things I want to mention today.

#1- I am very pleased to say that Dave has made himself a Green Smoothie EVERY morning for the last week and a half. The best part is that he’s not only been drinking them, but looking forward to and LOVING them!

#2- We had squash/zucchini ‘pasta‘ for dinner the other night. He didn’t like that. But I can’t blame him, it was pretty terrible. I’m sorry, but squash or zucchini can NOT replace actual pasta.

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As for Scarlett, I made a little headway with her when I finally came up with a fruit and veggie purée combination that she would actually eat.

I’ve been trying for a while now to create a good homemade substitute to those awesome pouches you can buy. It’s a lot harder than you might think, ha.

But at $1 or more a pop. I am all for the hard work of figuring out some homemade substitutes.

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I’d like to introduce to you my first winning combination…

Carrot. Prune. Apple. Purée.

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I really think this one hit home with Scarlett so well because she just loves prunes and applesauce. You’re kid may not…

Coming up with these kind of combinations is all about trying to figure out what works best for your kids own taste.

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I really want to try making a pouch for her that is green based. With either some spinach or broccoli. Broccoli is hard though since it has such a strong flavor. It would definitely have to be cooked broccoli.

I wonder if she would be as enthusiastic about eating a broccoli pouch…. haha. Something tells me, not.

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I got these awesome, reusable, dishwasher safe pouches on Amazon. They’re great! The only problem I’ve had with them as that I keep throwing out the darn caps, thinking that they are from old, store-bought pouches. Grrrrr.

I LOVE these though. They freeze great and travel well. And are 100% nurtitious and all-natural. What more could you as for?

I already have a whole list of other combos I want to try: Beet and Blueberry, Sweet Potato and Banana, Broccoli and Apple, Spinach and Banana….

DOUBLE SCORE: This would make a great baby food recipe for Hunter too!

What do you think- would you be interested in me coming up with some more successful combinations to share???

*UPDATE: Other successful purée combinations- apple and sweet potato, apple and carrot, sweet potato and banana, pear and pea, pear and (cooked) leek, pear and (cooked) fennel, butternut squash and banana, butternut squash and apple, mango with banana and spinach.*

Make Your Own Fruit & Veggie Pouches!
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Serves: about 8 pouches
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups chopped, steamed carrots
  • 1½ cups pitted prunes (about 750 grams)
  • 2 apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup to ½ cup water, as needed
Instructions
  1. Place carrots, prunes, apples, lemon juice, and ¼ cup water in the bowl of a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until completely combined and very smooth. Add more water to thin out as necessary.
  3. Divide among pouches. Store in refrigerator or freezer.

 

 

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  • M. Earlene Halstead September 9, 2013, 5:14 pm

    I use carrot juice instead of the water for my smoothies of spianch, kale, apple, 1/2 banana, blueberries (frozen), strawberries, and I use mango (frozen with nothing else in it) sometimes, instead of the blueberries. I also if needed use the stevia but the 1/2 banana and the other fruits seem to take care of what I need in flavor.

  • lmachell September 9, 2013, 7:39 pm

    Good for you, using Kale! I wish I was able to do that… it’s still too strong a taste for me.

  • Jodi September 9, 2013, 6:19 pm

    YES! Please keep them coming. Brayden loves these and as of right now I buy them at the store :( but I would really like to make my own. Where did you get the pouches and do you like them? I have seen several different kinds but I don’t wanna spend my money on ones that won’t work right.

  • lmachell September 9, 2013, 7:39 pm

    They are SO expensive to buy all the time! But they are just so convenient and healthy, it’s hard not to… I love the reusable kind though! I think most of them will work fine no matter which ones you get. I linked to the ones I have up above on the word Amazon. They are a really good price. The only issue I have had with the reusable ones is that they are a tiny bit difficult to clean right around the plastic piece on the inside. But they are dishwasher safe, so I just run them, and they are just fine.

  • LaNeshe (Nesheaholic.com) September 10, 2013, 6:22 pm

    I also learned that spaghetti squash can NEVER be like pasta lol. Kudos to you for working so hard to have your family eat nutritiously.

  • lmachell September 12, 2013, 11:36 am

    Thanks LaNeshe!

  • Fran November 4, 2013, 6:06 pm

    Hi Laura,

    I’m new to your blog, and I am so excited to discover that you can buy reusable baby/toddler food pouches! I had no idea! My 2 year old son loves food pouches, but I hate all the packaging waste, not to mention the expense and the fact that there isn’t a whole lot of variety of veg/fruit in them (mostly applesauce). I live in Canada, and just checked amazon.ca and discovered that they’re availble to me here! Can’t wait to start offering my son some delicious home-made veggie/fruit/grain purees, and your recipe for carrot/apple/prune puree sounds like something he would love! Thanks!

  • lmachell November 6, 2013, 3:08 pm

    Glad I could help Fran! We love those reusable pouches too : )