Between working and shuttling two kids to and from school, sports, music, gymnastics and more, I'm constantly on the move. Packing snacks to keep your kids well fed and nourished throughout the day is an art, but sometimes it can feel like an all day affair. I generally make most of my kids' snacks myself, but occasionally I have no choice but to pull something pre-packaged out of the cabinet. Still, no matter if it's homemade or store-bought, my criteria is the same_ it must be nutritious, delicious, lightweight and travel well.
While I've never been a huge fan of feeding kids -- especially babies -- foods out of a jar, tube, can or box, occasionally I come across a product that impresses me enough to make an exception. Recently, a company called Ella's Kitchen sent me some packages of their crushed fruit and vegetable snacks and I was intrigued. Ella's Kitchen makes food for babies and kids that are made from pure fruits and vegetables and come in flavor pouches like Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Apples and Blueberry, Peaches and Banana and Strawberries and Apple. The company's philosophy is one after my own heart. The founder (Ella's dad) says he started the company because he believes that his daughter's generation "should have the opportunity to eat better food and also to discover that healthy food can be fun, tasty and cool." I sampled a bunch with my kids and was equally impressed with how fresh and flavorful the purees tasted. I loved the re-sealable, anti-choke screw tops and how light and convenient the packaging is. The fact that they're gluten, allergen, egg, dairy and wheat free is an added bonus.
Kenya's an easy sell when it comes to food in packaging where he can shake, squeeze and slurp away. Baby Chloe was a different story. I wasn't so sure she would be into these snacks because she's tried very few things other than what I've made for her. Still, she sucked down an entire pouch of peaches and bananas within minutes. I could chalk it up to her being starving, but if you saw first hand how much this child eats in general you'd know that's impossible.
When you don't have time to prepare your own snacks, but still want your kids to be able to eat their fruits and veggies, these healthy, easy to find treats are a great idea!