I reviewed the Nom Nom pouches a little while ago, complete with a fruit smoothie recipe.
Recently the lovely people at Nom Nom got in touch again, to let me know that they’ve tweaked their (already fab pouches) to improve them even more! The seal was already pretty strong (I had it toddler tested and it passed with flying colours) but now it has a double seal to make it even safer for toddler use or chuck in a change bag and forget about…not that I’ve ever done that…obviously.
Now these pouches are clearly a fantastic accessory if weaning with purees is your thing. It was our thing, and I’m gutted that we never found these pouches until it was too late for G. That does not mean, however, that these pouches are restricted to just weaning! Oh no my friends it certainly doesn’t! It doesn’t even stop at toddler snacks, although it is perfect for smoothies and yogurts.
I’ve been on a little mission to see how I can include the pouches into our lives a little more, making breakfast, lunch, tea or snacks a little easier.
Breakfast: I’ll admit, mornings aren’t my strong point! So I like breakfasts to be quick and easy. Toast is a favourite, I also try to have a stash of French toast, pancakes or waffles in the freezer ready to pop in the toaster and have ready in a few minutes. But I do want to vary it a bit, and porridge is a great choice. Healthy and filling, you can change it up with loads of fruits and flavourings.
Lately though all of G’s food needs to be finger food or he’s not interested. Porridge is definitely not a finger food. Until now…sort of…putting it in a pouch is working wonders! You do have to make sure it’s thinned out a little and quite smooth but that’s easy enough, we usually use ready oats anyway which are quite smooth (and quicker than normal oats!)
Another bonus of porridge in a pouch is that any early mornings where you need to be out the door quickly breakfast is portable. No more battling to get him to finish faster (and not choke!) he can take the pouch with him and take as long as he wants to…like he normally does.
Lunch: there are a ton of choices for lunch and tea that can be put straight into a pouch such a soups and stews. But this is a slightly different idea. Not so much eaten straight from the pouch, but a great idea for a packed lunch or picnic. Not just for the kids either!
Flavoured hummus is a great as a main feature with veg crudités or pita breads. For adults it’s great as an alternative to a salad dressing. I’d be happy to take a pouch to work; it would certainly cheer up lunch hour!
Dinner: the pouches are perfect for pasta sauce, and pasta sauce is perfect for hiding a ton of extra goodness and veggies into! Make a big batch and freeze portions ready for a quick and easy (but nutritious) meal. If you have an evening outing that you can plan for, boil and cool some pasta shapes that you can pack up and take along with a pouch. Both can be warmed through whenever needed.
If taking a seperate pot of pre cooked pasta isn’t convenient, add little pasta stars to the sauce for a complete meal in the pouch. They’re small enough to pass through the spout easily and bulk up a meal. G has even been happy to eat this cold. Pasta salad in a pouch!?
These pouches have survived picnics, trips at the bottom of the changing bag, toddler excited squeezing, many stays in the freezer, and they’re all still here to tell the tale!
The large side opening means that not only are they incredibly easy to fill (no need for funnels) but it also means they are easy to wash. Even easier when you bung them in the dishwasher! I know that I’ve mentioned before my detest for washing up, so this makes them a dream.
Do your toddlers have a favourite on the go snacks or meals? How do you keep up with busy toddler schedules?
Mrs H xxx
*Disclaimer: I was sent a pack of the newly improved Nom Nom Pouches to test, all views and opinions are my own.