do you squeeze or spoon? surviving kid food years {$100 VISA giveaway}


a few mom hacks to packing snacks and lunches for kids,
AND a $100 VISA giveaway from Del Monte.
 del monte squeezers mom hack ice packs
With my first kid, I was hell bent on making baby food and we did a lot more reheating and spooning then,
but with two? Who has time for that?!
It’s more expensive to buy pouches, but for the convenience, it’s worth it.

And since it feels like we are always headed somewhere {soon to be preschool, I hope – if that kid will ever decide to finish potty training!},

I have been throwing lunch-type products together a lot more lately.

 

I have also been doing Whole30 now for almost 30 days so I am eating lots of veggies and protein and a little fruit.

On the list of “what I should eat” are these fruit + veggie pouches!

They  have 1 1/2 servings of fruit and veggies, but definitely have a fruity taste, so they are super yummy.

I was excited to try some of these new flavors, care of Del Monte, and they were awesome.

I mean, pineapple in coconut-flavored juice fruit cups? Done. I’m in. If you’ve been around lately, you KNOW I’ve been having a love affair with coconut!

And my Vons and Ralphs both carry these, so any local store should too.

del monte squeezers mom hack lunches

Fruit & Veggie flavors we like:

Blueberry, Apple Cinnamon, Peach Mango

Or the Fruit-only:

Mixed Berry or Strawberry

and of course that Pineapple Coconut cup goodness…

{how come no one thought of this sooner??}

I’ll fill you in on what else I like to do with that soon….

Since I had a handful of these, and I was packing up to head to the beach with the kids for the next day,

I thought why not try freezing these pouches overnight and use them as ice packs?

It worked great! A perfect little lunch fits into a regular Tupperware and with a frozen squeezer to keep cold,

I didn’t have to pack a full cooler just to go out for a few hours and it’s taken some of the stress of packing up the toddler out of it for me.

After those few hours, we busted into our lunches,

{this one was mine, with the turkey avocado roll-ups} and the squeezers were perfect by then. Cold, but not frozen, and kept everything fresh.

I’m now keeping lots in the freezer so I can throw fruit and veggies in a container real quick and chuck it into my bag.

It’s awesome. And it’s saved me from having to buy food while we’re out to feed my kids.

del monte squeezers mom hack lunches

And, since these squeezers have no artificial flavors or corn syrup, I went ahead and took it a step further…

Since we are still in high-heat mode over here, I squeezed some of the pouches, along with the full pineapple coconut cup into a popsicle mold and BAM! They make such a great treat {that doesn’t make me feel too guilty cause it’s fruit & veggies}!

del monte fruit and veggie popsicles

 

We played around with different flavor combinations, but having real chunks of fruit in there and the coconut flavor is pretty unbeatable.

Also, I’ve been collecting some fun ideas of lunch ideas for school goers AND toddlers on pinterest. Check out my LUNCH Ideas board here.

del monte fruit and veggie popsicle

So, Del Monte wants to know:

Do you SQUEEZE or SPOON?

Answer by commenting on this post and you will be entered to win $100 VISA card!

AND if you share a photo of your kids’ favorite Del Monte Squeeze or Spoon snack on the Del Monte Facebook page here between August 1st and September 1st, you could win one of two $10,000 GRAND PRIZES for your kids’ school!

 

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About Meg

I am Meg, a photographer and designer and a wish-i-owned-a-house-er. My husband and I are self-declared foodies and LOVE projects. We blog about food and DIY adventures from sunny San Diego with our two cutie kids and have an apparel line at colormeapparel.com to keep us busy. Email me at colormemegblog@gmail.com to work with me!

135 comments on do you squeeze or spoon? surviving kid food years {$100 VISA giveaway}

  1. Lisa Brown
    August 1, 2014 at 9:23 am (3 years ago)

    we prefer to squeeze

  2. Ashley
    August 1, 2014 at 10:29 am (3 years ago)

    We definitely do both! The older one likes to spoon and my little one enjoys the squeezing. I love the squeezing too because well let’s just face it, it’s easier and I’m a little lazy. I’m definitely going to have to try the Popsicles!!

  3. Sheri
    August 1, 2014 at 11:18 am (3 years ago)

    My girls love “squeezers” as they call them!

  4. Shantel
    August 1, 2014 at 11:31 am (3 years ago)

    I love these squeezable pouches when we are out and about. It’s nice to know that I have a couple in my bag just in case the little one gets hungry before we are ready to go home. She loves them and so do I!

  5. Amy
    August 1, 2014 at 11:50 am (3 years ago)

    Squeeze all the way!

  6. Abby
    August 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm (3 years ago)

    It’s so much easier to squeeze!

  7. mami2jcn
    August 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm (3 years ago)

    We prefer to spoon.

  8. mami2jcn
    August 1, 2014 at 12:32 pm (3 years ago)

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/495290797143887873

  9. Elena
    August 1, 2014 at 1:53 pm (3 years ago)

    we like to squeeze

  10. Stephanie
    August 1, 2014 at 2:18 pm (3 years ago)

    we like the squeeze

  11. Nataly Carbonell
    August 1, 2014 at 2:27 pm (3 years ago)

    We prefer to spoon =D

  12. Natalie Yarbrough
    August 1, 2014 at 5:47 pm (3 years ago)

    My daughter loves to spoon which helps develop her eye-hand coordination :) Although squeezing may be less messy.

  13. Kelly D
    August 1, 2014 at 6:12 pm (3 years ago)

    I like to use a spoon.

  14. Nicole Dz
    August 1, 2014 at 7:49 pm (3 years ago)

    I like to spoon, and my kids; well one kid likes to spoon and the other kid like to squeeze!

  15. heather
    August 1, 2014 at 8:10 pm (3 years ago)

    They love to squeeze it is more fun to them.

  16. Amy Tong
    August 2, 2014 at 5:12 pm (3 years ago)

    My little boy loves the spoon. But I think the squeezers are lots of fun too! :)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  17. D Schmidt
    August 2, 2014 at 6:55 pm (3 years ago)

    My children prefer to squeeze.

  18. Kristen
    August 3, 2014 at 1:09 am (3 years ago)

    We spoon.

  19. rachel
    August 3, 2014 at 11:15 am (3 years ago)

    Our girl is little so we spoon.

  20. mysweetiepiepie
    August 3, 2014 at 11:49 am (3 years ago)

    Sometimes my kids prefer to squeeze and sometimes they prefer to spoon.

  21. Samantha Daleo
    August 3, 2014 at 5:42 pm (3 years ago)

    We tend to spoon in our family but a little squeezing never hurt anyone 😉

  22. Madeline
    August 3, 2014 at 5:47 pm (3 years ago)

    My child prefers to squeeze—no bothering with utensils. I prefer to use a spoon.

  23. Erika
    August 3, 2014 at 7:49 pm (3 years ago)

    My daughter likes the squeeze pouches, but my son like the fruit chunks.

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

  24. courtney b
    August 4, 2014 at 8:00 am (3 years ago)

    we like to squeeze. my kids hate spoons- if you can squeeze it my kids will eat it!

  25. Melissa M
    August 4, 2014 at 10:20 am (3 years ago)

    We are squeezers.

  26. Cynthia C
    August 4, 2014 at 11:46 am (3 years ago)

    We do more spooning than squeezing.

  27. vickie
    August 4, 2014 at 7:48 pm (3 years ago)

    We do both..but, mostly spoon..thanks so much..and, thanks to Del Monte for the giveaway too.

  28. amy pugmire
    August 4, 2014 at 10:42 pm (3 years ago)

    i spoon my kids squeeze.

  29. latanya
    August 5, 2014 at 6:59 am (3 years ago)

    prefer to squeeze

  30. Joy Person
    August 5, 2014 at 1:08 pm (3 years ago)

    we prefer spoon

  31. Ashley H
    August 5, 2014 at 2:41 pm (3 years ago)

    They prefer to spoon.

  32. Sandy Headtke
    August 5, 2014 at 4:03 pm (3 years ago)

    Squeeze pleeze

  33. Karen Ostrom
    August 6, 2014 at 11:49 am (3 years ago)

    squeeze by all means squeeze

  34. Mary W
    August 7, 2014 at 8:46 am (3 years ago)

    Squeezies are a big hit at our house! Thanks Delmonte!

  35. Elle
    August 7, 2014 at 12:07 pm (3 years ago)

    We definitely prefer to spoon!

  36. tammy shelton
    August 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm (3 years ago)

    My grandkids prefer to squeeze.

  37. Jessie C.
    August 7, 2014 at 8:45 pm (3 years ago)

    We prefer to spoon.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  38. Jessie C.
    August 7, 2014 at 8:45 pm (3 years ago)

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/497589152570150912

  39. Name*
    August 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm (3 years ago)

    We prefer to squeeze.

  40. Amy P.
    August 10, 2014 at 8:36 am (3 years ago)

    Squeezing is so much cleaner!

  41. Martha @ A Family Feast
    August 11, 2014 at 6:16 pm (3 years ago)

    We WERE definitely on the same wavelength! I have to try your version Meg!

  42. Mia
    August 11, 2014 at 7:46 pm (3 years ago)

    I prefer to squeeze.

  43. Amy
    August 15, 2014 at 1:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Such fun vibrant lunches and the popsicles looks amazing!

    WE are all squeezers, and huggers 😉 hehe thanks for the opportunity =)

  44. Dandi D
    August 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm (3 years ago)

    We prefer to spoon it in our family.

  45. Denise L
    August 18, 2014 at 5:27 pm (3 years ago)

    We spoon at my house!

  46. jennifer horn
    August 21, 2014 at 9:37 am (3 years ago)

    We squeeze at our house.

  47. Kimmy Ripley
    August 21, 2014 at 11:47 am (3 years ago)

    My 4 year old daughter enjoys to spoon and squeeze! But if she had to choose just one way she would probably go with SQUEEZE! :) I myself would have to go with spoon though.

  48. Rebecca
    August 22, 2014 at 4:45 pm (3 years ago)

    My kids like the squeeze, and I like that they can use them on the go.

  49. Amy S
    August 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm (3 years ago)

    The squeeze ones are so convenient!

  50. Katherine
    August 23, 2014 at 12:02 pm (3 years ago)

    MIne love the squeeze and no spoon to worry about bringing home

  51. Dee
    August 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm (3 years ago)

    My nieces squeeze! :)

  52. BusyWorkingMama
    August 25, 2014 at 6:50 am (3 years ago)

    My daughter prefers to squeeze! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  53. Rebecca Helene Thomas
    August 26, 2014 at 8:08 am (3 years ago)

    My Kiddos prefer spoon, but I like both!

  54. Shannon
    August 28, 2014 at 11:12 am (3 years ago)

    We do both…but squeezing is so much easier and convenient especially on the go!

  55. Tina M
    August 29, 2014 at 3:36 am (3 years ago)

    we like to squeeze

  56. Cindy
    August 30, 2014 at 1:32 am (3 years ago)

    We squeeze.

  57. Madonna
    August 30, 2014 at 9:08 am (3 years ago)

    I am a spooner but the grandbabies are squeezers.

  58. Misty Lunceford
    August 31, 2014 at 9:38 pm (3 years ago)

    We love to squeeze.

  59. Rosie
    September 1, 2014 at 12:08 pm (3 years ago)

    Squeeze! It is the fun thing to do, and one less utensil to worry about!
    !

  60. maria cantu
    September 5, 2014 at 1:04 pm (3 years ago)

    My kids prefer to squeeze.

  61. Cheryl W
    September 5, 2014 at 8:05 pm (3 years ago)

    We are a family of squeezers. Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter.

  62. Gina M
    September 6, 2014 at 7:47 am (3 years ago)

    My son is a squeezer!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  63. Gina M
    September 6, 2014 at 7:49 am (3 years ago)

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/508265778094026752

  64. LAMusing
    September 7, 2014 at 5:29 pm (3 years ago)

    I like to spoon :)

  65. Norma
    September 7, 2014 at 5:30 pm (3 years ago)

    We spoon at our house.

  66. Barbara Montag
    September 7, 2014 at 10:42 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m a spooner – the kids are squeezers.
    thank you

  67. sandra
    September 10, 2014 at 8:41 am (3 years ago)

    prefer to squeeze

  68. Debbie B
    September 11, 2014 at 8:02 pm (3 years ago)

    i prefer to spoon!

  69. WHITNEY
    September 14, 2014 at 11:38 am (3 years ago)

    I definitely spoon!

  70. Rebecca Graham
    September 14, 2014 at 10:43 pm (3 years ago)

    My choice would be to squeeze.

  71. Neiddy
    September 15, 2014 at 7:58 am (3 years ago)

    I prefer to spoon but my kids like to squeeze

  72. Neiddy
    September 15, 2014 at 8:00 am (3 years ago)

    tweeted -https://twitter.com/neiddy_ruiz/status/511529788268625920

  73. One Frugal Girl
    September 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm (3 years ago)

    My son is a squeezer!
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  74. Kerry
    September 16, 2014 at 4:52 pm (3 years ago)

    I like a spoon, but the kids prefer to squeeze.

  75. ellen beck
    September 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm (3 years ago)

    They are alll squeezers here!

  76. angie
    September 18, 2014 at 8:31 am (3 years ago)

    I spoon because I can recycle the containers that way. You can’t recycle these pouches anywhere.

  77. ewhatley
    September 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm (3 years ago)

    we are a squeeze household

  78. Carmen N
    September 18, 2014 at 8:09 pm (3 years ago)

    My daughter would prefer to squeeze. I need to find that pineapple coconut!

  79. Amanda Sakovitz
    September 19, 2014 at 8:51 am (3 years ago)

    We like to squeeze

  80. Betty C
    September 19, 2014 at 9:34 am (3 years ago)

    I prefer to spoon but the children prefer to squeeze.

  81. erica best
    September 19, 2014 at 10:14 am (3 years ago)

    SPOON at home

  82. Alyssa
    September 19, 2014 at 10:39 am (3 years ago)

    For lunches I prefer to squeeze. I lose less spoons and it is not quite as messy.

  83. Thomas Murphy
    September 19, 2014 at 10:57 am (3 years ago)

    I like to squeeze.

  84. Tabathia B
    September 19, 2014 at 3:52 pm (3 years ago)

    One likes to spoon and the other squeeze

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com