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!

About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. I like baby food pouches for the convenience. Unfortunately this brand is the only one my baby has disliked with every flavor she’s tried :-/

  2. This brand was recently under a bit of scrutiny for mis-labeling their nutrition information…(I believe they were making false claims pertaining to the amount of iron and some vitamins). As of December, I know this was brought to their attention and I believe it has been switched, although it was enough for me to pass them by and choose Plum Organics.

    I know Ella’s had ZERO controversy surrounding the actual product, so it’s still a good choice (for what’s inside the pouch), but for me, I still choose Plum.

  3. I noticed they have added citric acid as well. The stage 1 Plum Organics ones (mango kind anyways) only have the fruit and that is it.

  4. I like to keep these in the car for when the kids are hungry and I want to give them something besides crackers. (My kids are 4 and 2) We call it juice. My 2 yr old refuses any vegetable so I am the queen of sneaking them into everything – tonight I made pizza dough from scratch and added black bean, sweet potato, carrot and broccoli puree to the dough. It sounds horrible I know, but everyone loved it, including my husband. I love your site for inspiration.

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