We are on the go A LOT around here. And we haven’t even started the typical “chaos” of school-aged kids, sports, etc. etc. Granted, our travels are usually to get outside (currently go skiing or snowshoeing, etc.) but we are busy all the same. Our car is our “badge of snack honor” – it’s full of the remnants of eating kids. And, try as we might, we can’t get away from that. The (big) grocery store is an hour and a half a way, and kids get hungry. All the time. Therefore, we are constantly on the lookout for good, healthy snacks. And, the less the mess and waste, the better they are.
Additionally, we love the pouch snacks. We don’t love the fact that we cumulate massive amounts of trash from them (though some companies will recycle your pouches for you using Terracycle). Long story short, I was psyched when I discovered Squooshi and only hoped they were as good as they sounded.
The Squooshi pouches are filled from the bottom, sealed (like a Ziploc bag) and used like any other snack pouch. However, the great thing is that they can be cleaned in the dishwasher (or by hand…) and then reused! You choose the filling, whether you freeze them or eat them right away, and they aren’t just for kids.
What we love about them:
- Super easy to use and clean
- Fill them with whatever you want (and then know exactly what you are eating/feeding your kids)
- Fun animal shapes for kids
- Don’t leak and are super strong in general
- Keeps the trash pile down!
What we wish was different:
- Would love to see some plain designs for older kids or adults who think the animals are too cutesy
From the source – An Interview with Shannon
I love hearing stories of how things are invented, how businesses begin and where people are going now. Check out this interview from inventor, Shannon. She has some recipe suggestions, talks about how it all got started and is all about working with family.
1. First of all, I am SO glad that I wasn’t the only parent always wishing there was a way to fill up my own pouches with what I wanted and reuse them time and time again. Please tell me how Squooshi was started
When Reid was about 14 months old, I ran into a neighbor whose son was eating a store bought pouch. She called it “astronaut food”. I was intrigued and went up to the local health food store which was one of the only places that carried them at the time. (Imagine! Now Starbucks has them!) I bought some and Reid LOVED them. It was so fun for him to hold and squeeze them. He learned how to roll up the bottom and get out every last drop. But I felt bad buying these while I was constantly making my own food and green smoothies at home. I would much prefer to give him fresh food. The waste of the store bought pouches is incredible as well. Over 6 billion single use food pouches end up in landfills every year! I was also spending about 40-50$ a month on these!
One day I just had the idea…I should make a reusable version of these! I began to brainstorm with my dad Noel, who has a background in manufacturing, and together we created Squooshi – reusable food pouches designed for healthy fun, convenience, and less waste.
2. Finding healthy snacks for kids and families on the go can be really tough. Our society is inundated with prepackaged, full-of-preservative STUFF. Can you tell me what are your favorite (or Reid’s favorite) recipes in the Squooshi?
It really changes as he changes as he changes. Right now he likes yogurt blends, so I will throw some Greek yogurt with a banana, spinach and berries together in my blender and whip that up. He also loves applesauce with spinach and a bit of cinnamon.
3. Lots of moms are busy, busy, busy (as I am sure you are also.) Do you make a batch of a puree and then fill pouches and freeze them or are you making purees every day? Do you have any tips for making the process easier?
I do both actually. I will spend an hour or so making a batch for the freezer the week. I will choose something I know freezes well and I can use in two different blends.
Carrot-Applesauce & Apple, Pear, Spinach
You can quickly peel and chop apples, pears and carrots. Then put them in a steamer insert in separate piles. Steam the spinach for a second in another pan. When they are all finished you just need to separate out what you need for each blend and puree. Pour or spoon into your Squooshi and freeze.
You have used a cutting board, peeler, knife, two pans and your blender and you can have snacks on the go for a week!
I personally drink green smoothies almost everyday so it is very easy for me to make my smoothie and then add some yogurt or something to Reid’s Squooshi for his lunchbox.
4. Squooshi comes in two sizes – what sizes do you think are best for what ages (approximently, of course) of kids?
We created the smalls (2.5oz) for early eaters. These really can replace freezer cubes or ice cube trays. Moms with young babies can just put their food directly in the pouches and grab and go. No more bowls, spoons or jars!
They are perfect for small hands up to 2 years. We love that with Squooshi pouches you can freeze, store and serve all from the same container!
The larges (4.5oz) are for kids of all ages. They can be used for kids age 2 and up. We even have 13 year olds using the pouches now! Oh, and moms and dads too.
5. For someone looking to buy some Squooshi – how many would you recommend for a family (say of two children.)
I would recommend starting with an Assorted 8 pack and see how it goes.
6. So….are these still “cool” for kids going to school???
Absolutely! I think this type of squeeze food packaging is “cool” in itself. Kids of all ages are absolutely loving our characters!
7. Anything else you would like to tell me about you, the company or the products? I love any unique stories that help readers relate!
I think it’s pretty neat that my dad and I did this together. For as long as I can remember I have been pitching him ideas on “inventions” (I won’t tell you what they are because I still think many of them are fantastic ideas!)
Squooshi was the first idea he really thought clicked, so we did it. We live on separate coasts so it has allowed us see each other more than ever and we talk all the time. Reid may not have seen him as often and now he calls him Mr. Gramps and just adores him. So just that aspect of Squooshi is very special to me.
Our goal was to create a well designed, high quality product that would be helpful to parents, fun for kids, and better for our environment. Reid is almost 4 years old now and we began this journey when he was 14 months old. We launched Squooshi in October 2012. This means we researched, designed, developed, tested and tested and tested Squooshi for about 2.5 years! It has been a true labor of love, and still is, but we are very proud of Squooshi and feel we met our goal thus far.
You have a chance to win an Assorted 8 Pack of Squooshi (definitely enough to get you started!) As usual, please use the Rafflecopter Widgets below to enter to win. Sorry, this giveaway open to the US and Canada only. Winners will be emailed and announced on this post in the Rafflecopter Widgets. Have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me at mountainmamatales(at)gmail(dot)com so I can help! Good luck!
Squooshi generously provided us these pouches in order to facilitate these reviews. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own. You can find my full disclosure here. Some photos taken from the Squooshi site.
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