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I am passionate about getting my kids outside and am forcing a love of all things nature on my children. I extended breastfeed, co-sleep, am a vegetarian and stay at home with my kids. Because of these things, people assume I cloth diaper, use reuseable wipes and only feed my children organic food. I do use reusable bags, focus on healthy eating (with a good dose of ice cream) and ditch the car whenever possible in lieu of biking.
I did keep three packages of "smoothies" - The Red One, The Green One and The Purple One. I gave away the baby food even though the Apple and Rutabaga sounded interesting. I pulled out the Red One which is a puree of Bananas, Strawberries, Apples and Raspberries on a hike for dessert. It was quite sweet tasting, but the kids loved it. The Green One (Apple, Pear, Banana and Kiwi) was also a great snack on the playground. The last one we tried was the Purple One (bananas, apples, black currants, blue berries and lemon juice). While I liked this one, it wasn't my favorite. Oddly enough, it was my kiddos' favorite! I enjoyed the fact that I could taste the actual fruit flavor, instead of a fake flavoring.
I know that a few companies are starting to package their food in the pouches, but I love that Ella's tops are resealable. The kids slurped (that is one fun feature!) some of the pouch and the rest stayed safely inside the pouch the rest of the day (even though it somehow managed to end up at the bottom of my pack). My 20 month old can easily hold and drink from the pouch, without the fountain factor of juice boxes.
They offer a wide range of organic and healthy options for babies and children (adults like them too!). The packaging is enticing to children (due to fabulous colors), easy for adults to open one-handed, sealable and allows children to feed themselves. I would love to try freezing them for a hot day treat or to keep the rest of the snacks cold. It also would be nice to have a larger smoothie pouch for older kiddos. My almost three year old enjoyed the smoothie as well as my 20 month old. I haven't tried their other snacks, but they look fantastic! You can find some of these at Target currently, but just order them from Amazon so you don't have to waste gas on a shopping trip!