Finding snacks that can satisfy my children’s tastes, my own healthy food agenda, and our family’s lifestyle and budget is an ongoing challenge in our house, and probably yours as well. As the ‘reusable food container queen’ I always look for snack items I can buy in bulk and portion out. But sometimes, when convenience counts, I will overlook a little extra packaging if the food is high quality and makes our lives simpler.
Last weekend, my husband took our three daughters on a road trip from our house outside Los Angeles to Palm Springs for their grandma’s 80th birthday celebration. I loaded up the car with sandwiches, a few treats from Trader Joes’, and some individual pouches of GoGo squeeZ Squeezable Applesauce. Materne, the company that makes this fruity treat, had sent me a generous case of all five of their flavors to try, as these 100% fruit snacks are a healthy, no mess choice for any lunchbox. Our girls had fun deciding who was going to try which flavor on the ride—even my eldest daughter was in on the haggling!
totally a bit mess-phobic, in the past, applesauce in the car was out of the question because I knew that meant spills, dropped silverware, or eco-damaging plastic spoons that didn’t make it back home to wash and reuse. Not with GoGo squeeZ. This is the convenient part that won me over. The girls loved how easy it was to use the twist off tops, and I loved how the tops could be screwed back on for later; no waste, no mess.
Even more importantly, the first thing I noticed about the GoGo squeeZ applesauce was that the ingredients (100% fruit!) make them a completely healthy snack, unlike many other brands of applesauce which contain lots of extra sugar. The first thing my kids noticed was the fun flavor choices and that nifty, easy-to-use squeeze top which becomes a sort of straw for the applesauce. Youngest daughter Julia, said, “Mommy, it’s like applesauce, but it’s a drink!” She likes the shape of the pouch so much that I know it means one less serving of fruit I have to worry about her finishing.
I enjoyed learning about Materne, the company that makes GoGo squeeZ.
“Story has it that in the 19th century, a very loving grandfather was determined to craft a special snack for his grandson. Using delicious apples from his backyard orchard in the Val De Loire region of France, near the Chateau Chambord, Monsieur Materne created a delicious and simple applesauce. The Materne company was born and would go on to become the most popular applesauce company in France. Known as Materne Pom’potes in France, the brand has become the favorite fruit snack of children with more than 1 billion pouches consumed to date. Materne GoGo squeeZ was launched in the US in June 2008 to offer American families the opportunity to enjoy our no spoon, no mess, all natural squeezable applesauce when on the go! Each pouch contains the equivalent of one fruit serving and supports our mission to American consumers: Helping parents feed their kids better foods when they are on the go!”
Perfect for our busy days, I’ve been bringing each of my younger daughters a GoGo squeeZ between camp and their afternoon dance classes. Now it’s the first thing they ask for when they get in the van. (Um, a ‘hello’ first would be nice lol….)
Visit the GoGo squeeZ website to find a store or online vendor.