Occasionally, I accept a product to review if it’s something that would work within my daily routine or something new that piques my interest. This one is a bit different; it’s something I’ve been using for years and wasn’t asked to review. The wonderful PR folks at Go Go SqueeZ were a sponsor at this year’s Disney Social Media Moms conference and also sent me some samples afterwards. Little did they know I already had their applesauce stocked in my pantry. Here are a few reasons I pack healthy GoGo SqueeZ snacks.
*Disclaimer: GoGo Squeez has occasionally sent me samples, but this is not a sponsored post.*
Go Go Squeez produces several varieties of applesauce in easy to carry pouches, which have long come in handy for me as both a parent and traveler. They are shelf stable, which means I can keep a few at the ready in my backpack. Originally, I started buying them as a snack for my daughter when she was younger; something healthy for trips to the park or on hikes. Now, as a fourth grader, she enjoys having them in her lunch every day. They’re not just for kids; I’ve also been packing the pouches as a convenient travel snack on the road or waiting at the airport.
Food sourcing and safety has always been something I kept an eye on when purchasing packaged products. Once I realized how long Go Go Squeez pouches have been on my grocery list, I took a deeper look. I can say I’m impressed. Not only do they focus on keeping ingredients simple and natural, but the main production facility is located in my home state! Traverse City, Michigan is cherry country and also grows other orchard fruit in the region. Always good to know where your food comes from, which can be especially challenging with packaged items.
So, what makes Go Go Squeez stand out as a convenience snack? First, is the simplicity of the ingredients. Applesauce is applesauce, not a bunch of fillers with apple flavor added. Second, is the variety. There are 13 flavors of applesauce, 9 applesauce & veggie combos, and now 4 YogurtZ flavors. I recently discovered their shelf stable yogurt and I can say it will be a regular pantry item in our house.
The one thing I’d like to see improved is the packaging. While the pouches are extremely convenient, they are not recyclable through regular services. Go Go SqueeZ does have a recycling program in partnership with TerraCycle, but when I checked it was already maxed out. I would love to see them expand this to include more schools, etc. where the pouches are in regular use. In the future, biodegradable or recyclable packaging needs to be part of their plan. I’d also love to see larger pouch sizes for teen/adult appetites; especially the YogurtZ. I typically eat 2-3 pouches for a decent size snack while on the road or hiking.
Overall, I have to say I’m more impressed with Go Go SqueeZ after researching their sourcing and ingredients, which isn’t something that can often be said about other packaged foods we buy. We’ll continue to use them as a go to snack for on the go activities, school lunches, and travel.