Reusable Pouch Ideas for lunchboxes

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

When my kids come grocery shopping with me, every time they ‘try’ and get me to add something I don’t normally buy to the cart (I’m positive we all have that same issue!!).  There are some great products on the shelves that so appealing to the kids eyes, but typically most are full of sugar or so expensive.  One in particular my kids always ask for are the yoghurt pouches.  Yes the yoghurt inside is a healthy option, but as an individual serve they are so expensive.

As an alternative you can make your own using a reusable pouch.  There are so many different reusable pouches on the market these days, but I do like to use My Lil Pouch, as it’s made by a mum of 4 here in South East Queensland.  Instead of buying pre-packed, processed and extremely long shelf life store pouches Sarah put her ideas into motion and created a pouch that is environmentally friendly, durable and reliable and made of a quality food-grade material free from BPA, PVC and Phthalate. It’s ideal for a wide range of uses, is cheap to buy and can be used over and over again.

I usually purchase the cheapest 1kg tub of yoghurt, in this case this one was $3.60. I then fill the pouches, 1 tub would fill approximately 15 pouches.  Now the kids can have a portioned quantity of yoghurt ready for when they need a snack, or to add to their lunch boxes.

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I push a hole into the top of the sealed yoghurt tub and squeeze out to yoghurt to fill the pouch.

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Reuseable Pouch Ideas

Why pouches and not small containers? I mix it up between them both, but find the kids like the novelty of the pouch every now and then.  Ideally these would be perfect for toddlers with loads of different options to fill:

    • fruit puree
    • vegetable puree
    • jelly
    • sorbet
    • custard/yogo
    • smoothies/milkshake

Milo Oat Buzzies!

This is a great recipe for the kids if they do sports before school starts or have breakfast on the go, a delicious oat, milk and milo pouch.

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Milo oat Buzzies!

  • Author: Katrina
  • Category: [url href="https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/category/lunchbox-ideas/" target="_blank"]Lunch box[/url], [url href="https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au/category/recipes/drinks-recipes/" target="_blank"]Drink[/url]

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups of cooked oats
  • 2 tablespoons of Milo
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • Roughly 1/2 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and process until well combined.
  2. Pour into your pouch to fill line.

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28 comments

Vonni January 14, 2015 - 6:38 AM

Hi Karina.

Are they the 100ml pouches you are filling with yoghurt? How well do these fit in your Sandwich Keeper Plus lunchboxes? Thanks for the back to school series. Love it!!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2015 - 11:33 AM

Yes I used the 100ml for the yoghurt, they fit perfectly just ontop of the sandwich in the SKP. Lay a piece of baking paper between the sandiwch and the pouch so the condensation from the pouch doesn’t make the sandwich go soggy 🙂

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Tanja January 14, 2015 - 7:00 AM

Those pouches are a great idea! Just placed an order for them. My kids have one of the ready made ones with yoghurt each day for school and these will save me a fortune. Hopefully they remember to bring them home! Thank you for posting the link and info for these!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2015 - 11:33 AM

Yes, that is the trick Tanja and a few on facebook are saying their kids lose the lids, so remind them to place the lids back on too!

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Hannah January 14, 2015 - 7:34 AM

Whilst I love the use of reusable pouches, I try to purchase a plain Greek yoghurt with no additives or preservatives. Then I am free to flavor with what I see fit, for example some honey, fresh fruit, and even add some vital greens powder.
Even buy doing this you will be saving a lot of money and knowing your kids will be having a much healthier lunch.
Feel free to check out sinchies at http://www.effortlesseco.com.au they come in a variety of sizes for big and little kids.

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Georgia January 14, 2015 - 7:43 AM

I’ve been wanting someone to invent these for ages. Hooray. I always buy a small tub of Greek yoghurt and mix it into the big tub of vanilla valia yoghurt I buy and the kids don’t know its there. You can’t even taste the difference but I like knowing I’ve watered it down a bit. I put water into all the juice bottles in the house too, and soda water into any soft drinks. If the kids knew they would go nuts but what they don’t know doesn’t hurt them! Ps. Joined this blog three days ago. You are my saviour. thanks xo PPs. Cleaned my handbag yday! 😉

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2015 - 11:37 AM

Welcome to the blog Georgia. That’s the bonus, knowing what we are putting into our kids. I’ve seen some horrid pictures on facebook recently of people using store purchased pureed fruit or veg pouches and they were mouldy inside. Many of the brands are reputable, but it just comes down to you know how fresh the contents are inside if you make them yourself.

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Lisa January 14, 2015 - 8:26 AM

Can you freeze these with yoghurt? I’ve also done apple purée and filled some by scooping out a tray of mangoes that were very ripe.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2015 - 11:37 AM

I haven’t but absolutely, I would imagine too that the yoghurt would be that little bit colder too for the kids for school, actually love that idea!!

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My Lil Pouch January 17, 2015 - 8:58 AM

Hi Lisa, they freeze with yoghurt very well. You will find that they are a thinner consistency when defrosted. My kids just give them an extra squish to mix it all in before eating!

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Cath January 14, 2015 - 11:15 AM

How does everyone clean their pouches? The dishwasher wasn’t a success for me and when I hand wash I can’t get a scourer into the corners.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 14, 2015 - 11:39 AM

Cath, if I didn’t rinse them straight away the dishwasher won’t clean them properly. I use a brush I got many years ago from Tupperware to clean the drink bottles, it’s like a bit toothbrush and it works perfectly…. in fact just a regular toothbrush could work great I would suggest!

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My Lil Pouch January 17, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Hi Cath 😀 My Lil Pouch has a very wide opening which makes filling and cleaning easier. I find blowing into the pouch and expanding it as much as possible before opening it for the dishwasher or using a bottle brush means they come out squeaky clean!

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Louise January 23, 2015 - 10:07 AM

We hand wash ours first and use the bottle brush, thats usually enough, but we will throw them in the dishwasher too!

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Karen January 14, 2015 - 5:40 PM

I *love* these! I freeze yoghurt in them for school lunchboxes and it separates a little but a good squish and it’s good to go! So easy to fill and clean too with the ziplock top 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife January 19, 2015 - 8:33 AM

I agree, Karen! They are fantastic.:)

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Hayley January 14, 2015 - 7:58 PM

Hi Katrina, what size pouches are these please and thank-you!

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Galliot January 15, 2015 - 4:34 PM

What an excellent idea for kids, i also like these for kids http://ow.ly/HlCDH

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Renae January 16, 2015 - 10:05 AM

Hi I love this idea and refuse to buy the pouches of yoghurt at the shops due to their expense. Just wondering which size is best 140ml or 200ml. My kids are nearly 7 and 9. Also is the spout on the side annoying to put in lunch boxes or fits in fine or can be folded back to fit. Thankyou

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My Lil Pouch January 17, 2015 - 9:04 AM

Hi Renae, we find that our 100ml pouch is the perfect size for lunchboxes as it is a little smaller than most sandwiches! You can also fold the spout in a little if needed!
The 100ml pouch is also a great size for most hungry bellies that have a piece of fruit, biccies as well during morning/afternoon tea!

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Vicki January 17, 2015 - 8:41 AM

Hi katrina do the sip lock at the top open when you squeeze them?

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My Lil Pouch January 17, 2015 - 9:02 AM

Hi Vicki – all of our pouches have a strong double ziplock seal across the opening. We find it to be very robust and durable.
With the side spout design most kids hold the pouch with one hand at the top and one hand at the bottom directing the pressure away from the ziplock anyway!

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Fern Warren January 17, 2015 - 8:50 AM

We used reusable pouches in our lunchboxes all last year and they are BRILLIANT!! We put fruit and vegie purees, yoghurt, custard, sago pudding, coconut chia pudding, etc in ours. We found after one of the boys lost a lid once, that attaching the lid to the pouch with a thread of dental floss (I know it sounds weird!), so that you can take the lid off and on but it dangles there still attached while not in use, that all our lids have come home since! We use dental floss instead of string or anything else as it is very strong and waterproof and won’t harbour germs like string might! Hope this helps!!! xxx

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Natalie Atgiaras January 17, 2015 - 9:10 AM

Hi I’m just wondering where do I get these reusable pouches from? I haven’t seen them anywhere.

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Kerry January 21, 2015 - 1:04 AM

I get my pouches from Sinchies, the original reusable pouch, designed by an Australian mum, they’ve been around for about 3 years. All their pouches are clear which is awesome so you can see for cleaning which I love!

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Louise January 23, 2015 - 10:04 AM

I use My lil pouches all the time, I have to say from ordering through to delivery their service is amazing.

I have been using these for 12 months, they are great, I have made several orders as I used them as easter gifts last year (filled with mini eggs), ordered some for my sister in the UK for her daughter, My little man who is almost 3 is very fussy with his yoghurt, so I buy the bug tub of his fav and use these for preschool, going out and about in snack bag, I use them for custard for my older son, smootheys, your options are endless. I did buy the labels, and the biggers caps for my boys too. They love love love them.

I am now 6 months pregnant with our surprise number 3, and I am so not wasting money on shop bought pouched foods now, I will be using these for our new addition with home-made goodness when the time arrives.

For those of you are not sure, just buy a small pack to start, Honestly they are worth the money and savings are there in the long term.

I am one happy mummy and I have two very happy boys with these pouches.

Lou

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Nancy August 10, 2015 - 8:46 PM

Hi Katrina, do the Lil Pouch 100ml pouches have a single snap lock seal on each pouch or is it a double zip lock top seal ?

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Kate - Kat's Assistant August 12, 2015 - 8:45 AM

Hi Nancy, the pouches have a single snap lock seal.

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