Today I’m reviewing some gorgeous reusable pouches from Nom-Nom Kids.¬† I have had the pouches for a while, so this review is rather overdue, but I’ve certainly used them enough in the meantime to be able to write a well informed review about them!
I had already tried some reusable pouches, so I was familiar with the idea when I received the pouches from Nom-Nom Kids.¬† The thing that instantly struck me about these pouches was the very bright and cheerful design, which has clearly been¬†created with children in mind.¬† Small Child was very interested in them, and couldn’t wait to take one¬†with his¬†packed lunch, and his interest only increased when I showed him the really fun feature of this pouch – the roaring lion that appears when the pouch is opened up.¬† It became something of a game to seal up¬†an empty pouch, take off the lid and blow into it to make the lion appear! That’s Small Child’s roaring¬†lion face below by the way, in case it isn’t obvious!
The pouches are very easy to use, with a ziplock style opening on the side.¬† This side opening makes each pouch very easy to fill, and also easy to clean.¬† They are dishwasher safe, although I don’t have a dishwasher so wash everything by hand – I’ve found a bottle brush is useful to make sure the pouch is completely clean inside.¬† The lids are large, (always a bonus¬†if you’re prone to losing things as I am)¬†and seem to be designed to minimise the risk of choking, so are perfect for babies and¬†small children.¬† There is a clear window in the back of the pouch, so you can see the contents, and a clear ‘maximum fill line’ too, which is very useful for avoiding overfilling (see picture¬†below).
Here’s the back of one of the pouches (filled with homemade milkshake).¬† As you can see it has a really great little box on the back to help you keep track of the contents, with space for a name, date, and instructions for storage.¬† This would be really¬†useful for anyone needing to send food into nursery or pre-school with their children, and you can even buy a non-permanent pen for use on¬†the pouch over on the Nom-Nom Kids website!
In the interests of total honesty, I must admit that I have had one slight disaster with them – I didn’t close the seal properly and poor Small Child ended up with yoghurt over his lunch box, BUT, this was purely down to user error.¬† I was rushing one morning when we were late for school, and snapped it shut without checking that the seal was fully closed all the way along.¬† Other than that, I have used them loads of times and never had an issue.¬† As long as you shut it properly, the seal is very strong and completely leak-proof!
Such is my trust in their non-leaky properties, I have happily sent homemade milkshakes to school in these pouches without a second thought.¬† I make up a batch and freeze it in the pouches, then pack¬†a frozen pouch in Small Child’s lunch bag alongside his lunch box.¬† The frozen pouch keeps the lunch cool, and¬†defrosts enough to be ready to¬†drink by lunch time.
Here’s¬†my quick¬†recipe for homemade milkshake – it’s¬†so tasty and¬†easy to make and helps you avoid all the extra additives, colours and sugar you find in the¬†shop bought stuff!
Handful fresh¬†blueberries (or other berry of choice)
2 Tbs yoghurt (I used blueberry flavour)
Measure out the¬†milk into a large jug, peel the bananas and break into pieces (I used bananas that I had frozen), then¬†add to the jug with the berries and yoghurt.¬† Whizz with the blender until you have a thick liquid, adding a little more¬†milk if needed to get your desired consistency. If you like it a little sweeter, you can add a little honey to taste¬†and blend again until mixed in.¬† Serve immediately or pour into pouches & freeze for later use.
Overall I’m really impressed with the these pouches, I really can’t find any fault with them! They are beautifully designed, and a lot of thought has clearly gone into making them as user friendly¬†as possible.¬† They are reusable, dishwasher safe, freezer safe, and free from any nasties (BPA,¬†Phthalate & PVC Free.).¬† They could be used¬†in so many ways:¬†to store and carry¬†yoghurt, smoothies,¬†baby food, purees, jellies, sauces¬†and¬†dressings to name just a few.¬† I mostly use them to send a portion of yoghurt with Small Child’s lunches, as well as the occasional smoothie or home-made milkshake.
You can buy the Nom-Nom Kids pouches direct from their website, or from Amazon (click on the pictures below):