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The Convenience of Pouches

February 15, 2014 | Guest Contributor

Pouches make for a great snack on the go!

By Sarah White

There have been a variety of shelf-stable foods available in pouches for a while now, from applesauce to pureed veggies. The latest thing in pouches is pretty exciting: refrigerated yogurt!

What’s so amazing about the pouch?

Have you tried to bring a cup of yogurt in the car? I have. Don’t even ask why. It didn’t end well. Give a 3 year old a spoon and a cup of yogurt and hit a pothole, and it’s all over. Yogurt pouches, however, are easy for little hands to hold on to. Since they’re so contained, there is much less risk of spillage.

Since even babies 6 months and up can comfortably hold the pouches, they can feed themselves easily and without any mess, which is so helpful in the car, on the go, or at a playdate. No need to bring bowls, a spoon, or any other accessories. In fact, the pouches can even be resealed and used again within 24 hours. This is perfect since many times I’ll bring my kids out and they’ll eat half of a yogurt cup. I hate wasting all that good organic yogurt. The resealable pouches make it so I can just screw the top back on and save it for later!

Ways to keep it cool on the go:

Refrigerated yogurt pouches are made with no added preservatives, so they do need to be kept cool. My favorite strategy for keeping yogurt cool on the go is to pack it in a small cooler or lunch bag with a piece of frozen fruit. I like to put some grapes in the freezer for a few hours, then take them out and nestle the yogurt pouches next to them.

If fruit is not on the menu, place a water bottle in the freezer overnight, then pack the yogurt pouches next to it.

Another option is to simply put the pouches themselves in the freezer for a few hours (or even overnight), then pack them up. They’ll stay quite cool for several hours. It’s so important for babies and young children to have organic dairy products, and these yogurt pouches make it even easier to eat organic yogurt as a snack or as part of an on-the-go meal.

Sarah White believes passionately that eating natural foods does not have to break the bank. To this end, she devotes her time to creating a healthy lifestyle for her family while saving money. All that knowledge is on Mindfully Frugal Mom , a site where you can find delicious recipes and CSA ideas, as well as ways to save money on whole foods and sustainable products.

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