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When Greyson was a baby we were excited at the thought of making our own baby food once he was ready for table foods. It was such an easy process and allowed us to not only save money, but have control over the ingredients we put inside. Now that he’s a preschooler he’s had the chance to explore all different kinds of foods, but that also means he’s naturally opposing vegetables (even though he ate them perfectly as a baby). No matter what we do it’s almost a battle every mealtime to feed him something other than pasta or chicken nuggets.
To help this we returned to purchasing toddler veggie food pouches like we did when Grey was just a couple of years old. After a week or so of doing this I realized that instead of buying store-bought pouches we could make our own for the fraction of the price and have control over what goes in them. Thanks to Amazon I stumbled upon Infantino’s Squeeze Station!
The ease of the Squeeze Station
Infantino’s Squeeze Station comes with an all-in-one kit that includes the station itself, three food presses, and a set of air sealed pouches with lids. I was impressed with the simple process of making our own pouches from scratch! We simply bought in-season fruits and veggies and prepped them by boiling them then making a puree. Afterwards we took a separate bowl and added a little of everything to make different flavor combinations for each set of pouches.
The Squeeze Station has allowed us to easily prepare his purees and squeeze them into the individual pouches. Once filled, just write the combination and date and either refrigerate or freeze until you’re ready to use. It’s been a great way to insert seasonal veggies and fruits back into his diet (along with other superfoods like chia or oats) without the battle or wasted food.
Simple enough for a toddler to use.
The best part of this whole process is inviting Greyson to be a part of it. He had so much fun scooping the mixture with a tablespoon into each press, then squeezing it into the pouches. It was fun as parents to have him be a part of making his own food snacks and begin involving him in simple cooking activities. Not to mention, this activity helps any toddler develop strong fine motor skills, following directions, and learning independence!
As a busy mom, I appreciate any system that is both affordable and convenient. It’s important for me to find new ways to keep food exciting, get Grey into the process, and make something that will last us months. Also, the fact that we prepare our own fruits and veggies adds another level of #momgoals.
When we’re done prepping our pouches we simply store them in the fridge or freeze them! By freezing them not only do they last for months, but they’re great for packing on-the-go since they keep cold and slowly defrost on those hot days.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
How to make your pouches
To get prepped you really only need a couple of things. I ordered my Infantino Squeeze Station from Amazon, but I’m sure you can find it at any major retailer. I always enjoy the convenience of Amazon’s Prime shipping and this all arrived next day!
DIY Snack Pouches
- Infantino Squeeze Station
- Infantino Snack Pouches (set of 50)
- Large pot or dutch oven
- Food processor or puree wand
- Wooden spoon for stirring
- 1 selection Fresh seasonal fruits
- 1 selection Fresh seasonal veggies
- 1-2 Cups Water
- Place your large pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add water to the pot and prepared fruits and veggies and stir.
- Bring to a boil then lower heat to a rumbling boil for about 30 minutes or until fruits and veggies are tender.
- Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Using a food processor or puree wand, puree until smooth and until there are no chunks.
- Assemble the Infantino Squeeze Station and affix pouches. When ready, scoop 2-3 tablespoons of puree and squeeze into each pouch. Twist to secure tops to pouches.
- Using a marker, write the date and combination on each pouch. Store in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to use.
Do you have a picky eater in your home? How do you sneak veggies or healthy foods into your child’s diet?
See about making your own baby food here!