Snack and Meal Hacks with Sage Spoonfuls

I have had the opportunity to try most of Sage Spoonfuls’ lineup, and I’m going to share how we have improved our meal and snack time with their products!

This post is sponsored by Sage Spoonfuls. We have received these products for free, in exchange for our honest review.

I have had the opportunity to try most of Sage Spoonfuls' lineup, and I'm going to share how we have improved our meal and snack time with their products!

 

No Dropped Plates: The Sili Elephant

As toddlers begin eating from their own plates, they learn the power that they’ve got over their environment. A favorite game of babies everywhere is tossing their plates on the floor.

The Sage Spoonfuls Sili Elephant plate has two large sections to separate foods. The head section is round and makes a great bowl. The body section curves around the head, and is large enough to hold 2-3 kinds of food without the foods touching.

The sections are deep enough that you can use the Sili Elephant for things like soup or cereal, or just messy foods that need a little help staying contained.

The walls of each section are stable, making it easier for your little one to learn how to scoop with a spoon or fork. It doesn’t bend away from their reach, which allows the food to be scooped onto their utensil.

The base of the plate has a nearly 6″ suction cup that holds it firmly to the table. When your child is finished eating, they can boop the elephant’s trunk and feet, but they won’t be throwing their plate to the ground!

I love that it is roomy and is able to hold enough food for my six-year-old, but it’s also compact enough that it fits on most high chair trays.

The plate is made of 100% food grade silicone and is BPA, PVC, lead, vinyl, and phthalate free. Not only is it dishwasher safe, but it is also microwave, freezer, and oven safe (up to 350 degrees). You can even sterilize it in boiling water.

We love our Sili Elephant, and my only complaint is that we don’t have one for each of my daughters!

I have had the opportunity to try most of Sage Spoonfuls' lineup, and I'm going to share how we have improved our meal and snack time with their products!

 

Snacks Are Life: Sage Snackie and Munchie Bags!

I’m going to start off with the Sage Spoonfuls Snackie and Munchie bags. Say goodbye to your disposable snack bags! We have used these for school lunches, diaper bag snacks, and storage of all kinds of small items.

When you order the Sage Snackie and Munchie set, you receive two adorable coordinating snack bags. These reusable bags come with the snack sized Snackie bag, and a sandwich sized Munchie bag.

The dinosaur characters on these bags are adorable! I love that these snack bags are brightly colored without being overly busy. Plus, the dinosaur print shows them snacking on carrots. What healthy role models for your dino-loving kids!

I like that they have a zipper opening instead of a fold over or velcro closure. Fold overs lead to spilling and stale snacks, and velcro is loud and hard to keep clean. Even when my one-year-old has crawled around with the Snackie bag, effectively pulverizing her crackers, the crumbs are contained by the zipper.

I have sent leftover pancakes to school in my daughter’s packed lunch multiple times, and the pancakes aren’t dried out by the time she has lunch. I’ve also forgotten about veggie straws left in one of these for a few days, and they were still crisp and crunchy, no stale snacks in these bags!

What Are the Specs?

The water-resistant interior is FDA approved, food safe, and free of BPA, PVC, lead, and phthalates. The lining and zipper seal do a great job containing moisture and crumbs, and keeping out air.

The Snackie bag measures 7″x4″ and has a little ribbon handle sewn onto the short edge. I’ve used that handle with a keychain clip or toy strap to attach the Snackie to our stroller or diaper bag. My girls both use the handle to hold the bag while they are using it.

The Munchie bag measures 7″x7″ and is your standard sandwich bag size. Both bags are useful beyond snacking – I’m using the Munchie on my upcoming flight out of town to keep all of my device chargers in one place. I wish this bag had the same ribbon handle as the Snackie bag.

Every busy mom’s favorite phrase…machine washable! Toss these in the laundry and wash on cold, then air dry. The lining is separate from the cotton exterior, so you can flip it inside out to make sure you reach all of the corners.

I have had the opportunity to try most of Sage Spoonfuls' lineup, and I'm going to share how we have improved our meal and snack time with their products!

 

Mess-Free Purees on the Go: Sage Squeezie!

It gets expensive to buy prepackaged snacks and pouches, so I was thrilled to try out the Sage Squeezies reusable pouches!

We send my one-year-old with dairy-free alternatives for snack and lunch to daycare when they have milk and cheese products on the menu. Not only are these more affordable, but I know that she is eating fresh foods when I send these – not some shelf stable concoction.

My two go-to recipes have been flavored yogurt and fruit smoothies. My daughter is dairy free, so we use plain coconut yogurt blended with blueberries, strawberries, bananas, and other yummy blends. I also fill them with applesauce that I buy in the big jar, or pour in the individual cups so she has less of an opportunity to make a mess!

These pouches have a press and seal zip along the side that opens up wide for easy cleaning and filling. No complicated funnels or filling stations necessary! We have been using them for a few months, and we haven’t had any leaks from the zipper or straw!

We usually store ours in the fridge, but you can also freeze your pouches for up to three months. Just take out in the morning and it will be thawed for eating by lunchtime!

What Are the Specs?

The pouch is dishwasher safe, but I prefer to rinse and wash out with hot, soapy, water right after she finishes eating. The straw is a standard size and can be cleaned with a straw brush or bottle/nipple brush. It is free of BPA, lead, PVC, and phthalates, so you can feel confident giving it to your little ones.

These 7-ounce pouches measure 6.5×4.25″ and are able to hold small amounts for your beginning eaters or more substantial portions for things like school lunches. The lids are a no-choke design with gaps designed to keep a child from choking if they were to put it in their mouth. Sage Spoonfuls doesn’t currently sell replacement caps, but you can use caps from other brands of disposable pouches if you lose yours.

I have had the opportunity to try most of Sage Spoonfuls' lineup, and I'm going to share how we have improved our meal and snack time with their products!

 

The Perfect Start: Sage Spoonfuls-Simple Recipes, Healthy Meals, Happy Babies!

Beginning to feed your child solids is such an exciting, scary, and confusing time! If you are opting to feed your child purees, this cookbook is an amazing resource!

We are a baby led weaning family, so I wasn’t sure how useful this would be to me. But there is a lot of great educational materials and ideas about flavors to combine, as well as some family recipes that aren’t pureed.

The first half of the book is filled with everything a caregiver needs in that first year of introducing solid foods! Information about when your baby is ready for solids, how to present foods, food allergies, nutrition for babies, and more.

Then, the cookbook is separated into sections by baby’s age, to give you an idea of what types of foods to try. Each baby food recipe includes preparation instructions, as well as ideas of other foods to combine with it.

My daughter is 18 months old and not really eating “baby food”, but these were still helpful for ideas of new foods to put in her Sage Squeezie reusable pouches!

The final section is for Family Favorites and includes some recipes that the whole family will enjoy. We loved the Roast Chicken recipe!

I have had the opportunity to try most of Sage Spoonfuls' lineup, and I'm going to share how we have improved our meal and snack time with their products!

 

What Is This Contraption?!: Sage Baby Eco-Steamer!

As a kid, I had no idea what this gadget was used for when I saw something similar in my parent’s kitchen cabinets. Now I know, and I wish I’d known sooner!

It’s a steamer basket, used to steam fresh foods until cooked, or frozen veggies until thawed and warmed. It collapses down into a fairly small package that fits easily in your cabinets

It is made of non-toxic stainless steel, and it’s so easy to clean. I usually wash mine with soapy water right after using it, but it is also dishwasher safe.

It fits in pots as small as 8″, but works in larger pots as well. It also has pop-up feet that raise the steamer up 2″ above the bottom of the pot. Being raised up allows your food to be above the boiling water, instead of being submerged.

This keeps all the great nutrients from being leached into the water. But you can also leave those feet folded up if you do want the food down in the water. This would be a great way to hard boil eggs, and then lift them all up out of the water to cool.

It also has a great telescoping handle that lets you pick the basket up out of the pot easily, and without burning yourself. Whether you’re using tongs or a hot pad, you won’t burn your hand or spill your food. The handle also pushes down low enough that it doesn’t prevent a lid from covering your pot.

I’m not a great chef and I had to do a little research to discover some great ways to use a steamer basket. But now I can say that this is a great addition to any kitchen, whether you’re cooking for babies or not!

I have had the opportunity to try most of Sage Spoonfuls' lineup, and I'm going to share how we have improved our meal and snack time with their products!

 

The Multipurpose Must-Have: Sage Baby Puree and Blend!

The Sage Spoonfuls Immersion Blender and Food Processor is a great addition to any kitchen! These are perfect for homemade baby food, but also for so much more!

We are a baby led weaning family, and never really used puréed food for my one-year-old. But we have used them a few times each week to make things like smoothies, flavored yogurt, and mixing our clumpy nutrition powder smoothly into almond milk!

You could also use these to make guacamole, salsa, or blending soups and sauces.

My one year old currently needs some extra calories, and we are using nutritional powder to help. It never dissolved well enough by hand mixing, so I tried mixing it with the Sage Spoonfuls Immersion Blender.

This gave us perfectly smooth milk with no clumps at all! My daughter could drink it through her straw cups without the straw getting clogged, pretty incredible for a thick nutritional powder.

I love that the handle is the motor for both the food processor and immersion blender. This is handy because it cuts down on the number of things we have to store in our cabinets.

It takes a little practice to use the immersion blender without splashing. Just cover the top of your bowl or cup with a dish towel while you are getting the hang of it!

I found these easiest to clean immediately after using them. Rinsing with hot, soapy, water just took a moment. The blades will be tough to clean if you let the food dry, so I always rinse them right away.

I have had the opportunity to try most of Sage Spoonfuls' lineup, and I'm going to share how we have improved our meal and snack time with their products!

 

Perfect Portions: Sage Plastic and Glass Storage Jars!

We are a baby led weaning family, and never use puréed baby foods other than applesauce. So we haven’t used these strictly as “baby food” storage.

But my six-year-old LOVES frozen peas and berries! It’s something about the temperature and texture, she loves to eat them straight from the freezer!

I buy bulk sized bags of frozen peas and strawberries and split them into snack-sized portions. They are a great serving size for her school lunches.  And she knows that she can grab a healthy snack from the freezer anytime.

Both the glass and plastic sets have leak-proof plastic lids and are freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe. Both the plastic and glass jars, and their lids, free from BPA, PVC, lead, and phthalates.

They are so easy to clean, and the perfect size for just about everything! All in all, these are fantastic little jars which are useful for way more than just baby food!

Super important for school lunches, and overall childhood independence, these jars are easy for kids to open on their own!

I have had the opportunity to try most of Sage Spoonfuls' lineup, and I'm going to share how we have improved our meal and snack time with their products!

 

What Are Your Thoughts and Experiences?

What other questions do you have about the Sage Spoonfuls Collection? Comment below and I would be happy to answer them! What other snack and meal solutions do you love?

 

So What’s the Catch? (Disclosures)

We received all of these products for free, in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are my own. Purchase your meal and snack time products from Sage Spoonfuls and get 25% off with the code SAGE25JESSICAG at checkout: https://www.sagespoonfuls.com/shop-all/ (affiliate link).

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