Article contributed by Savannah Marie
Every parent wants his or her child to eat as nutritiously as possible, but it can be very difficult if your child is a picky eater. One of the easiest, most delicious and kid-approved ways to get your children to eat healthier is by giving them a pouch of pureed fruit. These highly popular squeezable plastic pouches of blended fruits and vegetables can help your child get as many nutrients as possible, without fuss. However, these smoothies are often expensive, and the disposable plastic containers can cause damage to the environment. Here’s how to make your own and save the earth and your wallet while helping your child stay healthy.
Get Reusable Containers
One of the biggest appeals of these snacks for young kids (and parents too) is the containers. Children love to squeeze the pouch and parents love its design, which helps (usually) reduce spilling. To recreate your own without your kids being able to tell the difference, you can buy re-usable pouches online. Several companies sell pouches that can be easily washed, filled, and frozen again and again. Not only will this help you save money, but it also will help the environment by reducing waste.
The most important part about feeding your child a “squeezie” is the ingredients. When you make your own you have the freedom to use the organic produce your child likes, as well as mixing in other nutritious ingredients they need.
Here are some sample recipes you can use and customize to fit your needs. By making your own you can also ensure that your ingredients are fresh and organic. Make your puree in bulk and freeze the pouches so they’re always on hand when your child is hungry.
Strawberry Banana Squeezie
This recipe is packed with potassium, calcium and fiber help your children stay healthy and active. Put in your blender 3 parts bananas and 1 part strawberries. Next, add a splash of water, soy milk or almond milk. Other healthy add-ins you can sprinkle in are Chia seeds, flax seeds or even a small amount of kale. Once blended put your mix into pouches and freeze.
This berry puree is filled with antioxidant-packed super fruits and will also provide your child with potassium, calcium and a host of other vitamins and minerals. Fill your blender with 1 cup of mixed blueberries and 2 bananas. Add in raspberries and ¼ cup of beets and soy or almond milk, and blend. As always, put any add-ins that you feel will make your child healthier.
This recipe can be used as a treat for your child and is more of a dessert squeezie. However, it’s still packed with nutrients to keep your kids healthy. Put 2 bananas and 1 cup of raspberries in your blender. Chop ¼ cup of dark chocolate into small pieces (to make it easier use raw cacao powder) and put them in your blender. Add in the milk of your choice (this can even be chocolate flavored milk!), plus add-ins, including seeds, kale or other greens and puree.
Peanut Butter Squeezie
This protein-filled puree is perfect for active kids, helping little ones stay strong and get vital nutrients. Blend 2 tablespoons of all-natural peanut butter with 2 bananas, a sprinkling of flax seeds and ½ cup of soy milk. If you want to add more texture, make oatmeal and blend that into your puree as well.
Make the switch to making your toddlers their favorite squeezable snack from scratch. After purchasing the environmentally friendly re-usable pouches and ingredients, it’s so simple to make and freeze to provide your child with a healthy snack. By making your own you’ll be saving the environment, your wallet and, most importantly, improving your child’s health.
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