My 9-year-old has been begging me to buy those little squeezable fruit pouches that have become so popular, and for a long time I’ve said no because a.) they’re a little expensive and b.) they remind me of baby food. However, in my quest to pack healthy foods my kids will actually eat in their school lunches, I gave in when Aldi had its squeezable fruit pouches slightly discounted.
These SimplyNature Kids Squeezable Fruit Blends pouches come in a couple of different flavors: Unsweetened Apple, Apple Cinnamon, Applesauce, Apple Banana, and Apple Multi-Fruit. We went with the Apple Multi-Fruit.
Our pouches advertise no high fructose corn syrup, and they are dairy and nut free and made with real fruit. I was impressed by the ingredients list for the Apple Multi-Fruit flavor: apple puree (apples, ascorbic acid), banana puree, apple juice concentrate, mango puree, strawberry puree, and passion fruit juice concentrate.
Each box contains four 3.2-ounce pouches, and the Apple Multi-Fruit flavor had 70 calories, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 mg sodium, and 13 grams of sugar in each one-serving pouch. The box features a non-GMO verified seal from www.nongmoproject.org.
The packaging states these pouches are good for school lunches, backpacks, sports, parties, picnics, and purses. They are convenient because they don’t need refrigeration, unless you open one and decide to save it for later.
You do pay for that convenience. I bought these pouches on sale for $1.49 a box at my store, which brings the price to about 37 cents per pouch. When the pouches aren’t on sale, my store sells them for $1.89 a box, or about 47 cents per pouch. You’ll have to decide whether the cost of a pre-packaged organic snack like this is worth it. At least it’s all healthy ingredients, even if it is like baby food.
Aldi’s SimplyNature Kids Apple Multi-Fruit Squeezable Fruit Blend pouches are a snack without added sugar or unhealthy ingredients, and they don’t need refrigeration, so they’re easy to tuck into lunch boxes or backpacks. You pay for the convenience of individually packaged snack pouches, but your kids will probably like them.