Always be Prepared

We do a lot of coming and going in the summer.  Summer is such a short season in Minnesota, so I am determined to capitalize on every warm minute that we have before it’s back to parkas and wool socks.  Which means most of our summer days are filled with some sort of outing.

We don’t normally do snacks – not because I’m opposed to them, but just because I don’t think to do it when we’re home and my kids don’t ask for them.  However, when we are getting ready to go somewhere, I always grab a snack for them and stash it in my diaper bag.  I have this strange fear of being away from home and not having food for my children should they need it.  Maybe it stems from my dislike for being away from home and hungry with nothing to eat.  It never occurs to me, when under our  roof that my children may be hungry, but the moment we walk out from that roof, I can’t imagine not being prepared for hunger.

My go-to grab & go snack in this instance is the GoGo Squeez Fruits & Veggiez pouches.  I’m not a health nut, but we generally try to eat food that is good for us.  On the occasions when my kids are going to eat a snack, I’d prefer that it not be completely void of nutritional value.  The GoGo Squeez pouches are ideal because they’re something that my kids love and it’s good for them.

I prefer the Fruit & Veggiez pouches because one of my parenting mantras is “sneak in vegetables wherever you can.”  We eat regular, non-vegetablized applesauce from the jar at home and I’m pretty certain that my kids don’t know the difference.

I was having a particularly terrible day yesterday.  My husband hasn’t been home until after the kids’ bedtime every night this week and we are all feeling the Dad Void.  I’m crabby.  They’re crabby.  We’re a recipe for disaster.  By 4 o’clock on Thursday I thought that I was going to lose it.  So, I did what I always do.  I put them in the stroller and pushed 75 pounds of toddler around town to burn off my frustration.  As we walked out, I quickly grabbed a couple GoGo Squeezes – you know, just in case.

We met a friend, who graciously gave the kids popsicles, which reminded them that they like eating yummy things, so as soon as the popsicles were gone, they each asked for more snack.  I shrugged off my grumpiness, dug the applesauce out of the diaper bag and the kids joyfully ate their snack while watching for ducks on the lake.

I’d like to tell you that the fresh air and applesauce changed all of our moods and the rest of the evening went swimmingly.  Yeah right.  But, for about ten minutes yesterday, none of us were yelling, so I call that a win.

I mean, just look at those eyes.

And that face.

We have also had the regular applesauce and the yogurtz.  I was super excited about the yogurt because my two year-old struggles with the packaging of go-gurts, but I accidentally bought the banana flavored and it did not go over well.  I’m going to try them again with the strawberry flavor.

The Fruit & Veggiez pouches are not only a great snack, but they are also a staple in the kids’ lunches when I pack them.  See what else I include here.

You can see how I store & organize the applesauce pouches in our pantry here.

Another great use for these applesauce pouches is to put them in ‘Sick Kits’, which are little baskets that I bring to friends when they or their kids are sick.  I started doing this last winter when a friend gave us one when my kids were puking and I thought I was going to lose my mind.  It was a life-saver that day.

 

This is not a sponsored post.  I am receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing this post.  As always, all opinions & recommendations are my own.

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