spoiler alert: you can win a prize pack of these pouches for your saurus – details at the end of the post!
Me: SAURUS! LOOK! You got a package in the mail!
Saurus: Oh, WOW!
Me, to Saurus: Man! Pouches! These look sooo yummy!
Me, to myself: Haha. Sucker. These are totally full of veggies.
Saurus: NUM! POUSH!
Me: Okay, let me get the camera so that we have photo proof of you actually eating vegetables. I mean, enjoying these treats….
(that kid understands more than I give him credit for)
Me: Okay, we have green, orange, and pink. What’s your pick?
Me: Mango? Really? I was trying to keep it simple here but you’re just over there naming fruits. I don’t think mango is an optio…..oh wait, you’re right – this one does have mango. HOLY BROCCOLI, BATMAN! DID YOU JUST READ THE WORD MANGO FROM THIS BOX?!?! Oh wait, no. There’s a teeny-tiny picture of a mango slice. But geez louise kid. How did you see that?!
Me: Okay, mango – slash – orange. Here you go. Thoughts?
Me: Really?! It makes you happy?!
Saurus: MM! HAPPY!
Me: Crap. Camera. Hold on. Keep doing that. I need this on video.
Me: Why are you yelling?! You were just being awesome.
Me: Yes, dinosaurs are also awesome. But, back to the point, how does the pouch make you feel?
Me: C’mon man. You were just talking about how it made you feel happy! Does it make you feel happy?
Saurus: continues to inhale pouch.
Me: Saurus. Seriously. Help me out here. The nice Happy Family people sent you these treats so you could tell other kids about them. Give me a little something.
Me, whispering: happy?!
[the sound of breathing and about 45 seconds of awkward staring]
Me: You’re killing me
Me: That’s right! How do mangos make you feel?!
Me: Like a dinosaur. Awesome.
Saurus: MORE HAPPY!!!!!
Me: I quit. Here – have more veggies. I mean mango.
You heard it here first, folks: veggies disguised as mangos make you happy. And also a dinosaur. DOUBLE WIN.
Happy Family sent Saurus some of their newest pouches (the Love My Veggies line) to test out. I’m a HUGE fan because each one has a full serving of veggies (most others, it seems, are like applesauce with a token carrot and one of those little cauliflower fluffs that I don’t know the proper term for) and they’re designed for growing todder dinosaur-boys (and girls) so are packed with vitamins (like the ones with letters and important stuff: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron and Magnesium). Getting this toddler-saurus to consume something other than aa-ppl (applesauce), shheeez (shredded cheese), and kipshetti (spaghetti) is a challenge but he sucks down these pouches like Pooh eats Huny. (A little white lie I may or may not use to encourage him. He’s going to hate me when he realizes I’ve been feeding him veggies and calling it honey). All three flavors are a big hit but I think you might have an idea which is our favorite (MANGO!).
So, in case you have a small human-slash-prehistoric animal you’re trying to nourish, I strongly suggest you procure some of these. ASAP. Pro tip: they also work on moms who don’t like vegetables either and who frequently “forget” to pack their lunches so they can steal these pouches out of the diaper bag. You can find them exclusively at Target as part of their #madetomatter campaign. A 4-pack is between $5-6. But let’s be real. That’s like one stop at the Starbucks drive through and as much as I wish white chocolate mocha were veggies, that $5 did not go toward 4 servings of nutrients…. (and ps – they’re on sale on target.com as I type this).
Thanks, Happy Family, for helping us #lovemyveggies!!!
And guess what??!? From now until Friday, May 1st, you can enter to win your own set of awesome pouches!! Yeah! Free yummy veggies!! Use the handy-dandy entry form on the right —–>> or try this link! Good luck!
Here’s a #lovemyveggies pledge sheet for your family too if you want to become more awesome dinosaurs and eat more veggies!
We’re still working on finding a favorite veggie recipe that isn’t a pouch. Husband said spaghetti doesn’t count. Right now we rock baked eggplant parm and guacamole and baked potatoes on the regular and it’s always a hit and my mother in law somehow magics him into eating smashed black beans and salsa but I’ll keep sharing as I come across anything!