Organix Goodies Launches New Crispy Bars

A few weeks back Organix Goodies kindly sent us a sample of the new Crispy Bars. We have been working with Organix Goodies quite a lot now and I have to say most products were a big runner with the kids. The only one that didn’t quite hit was the puffs. But anyway, everyone has different tastes. So…

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The new Organix Goodies Crispy Bars are packed full of juicy raisins and crispy puffs of rice, they’re a fruity, no junk snack for little adventures. If your little one loves Goodies soft oaty bars – the UK’s top selling toddler snack – they’ll love to try these new crispy bars. They’re available in two tasty flavours: tangy berry – bursting with a fruity twist from strawberry and raspberry juice – and scrummy cocoa & orange – a new flavour in your local supermarket’s baby aisle. Packed into individually wrapped bars for little tums, they offer a new lighter texture for little ones to explore on the go or in between meals.

These new crispy bars come with the Organix No Junk Promise, a stamp of reassurance that they are made with the best organic ingredients and contain nothing unnecessary, so your little one gets great tasting snacks, without the junk.

New Goodies crispy bars come in a multipack containing 6 x 18g individually wrapped bars. RRP: £2.49 You’ll find them  in selected Tesco, Morrison’s and Waitrose stores – coming soon in other retailers.

My four year old loved these. When he finished one, he wanted another one, so it’s definitely a hit with him. My 22 months old wasn’t too sure about them. She nibbled on them a bit and that was it but I think when she is a bit older, she will like these too. She doesn’t have that many teeth yet, I know she is nearly two years of age but they seem to be taking their time breaking through.

It can be a challenge to ensure your little one is snacking healthily. Wherever your little one needs a snack – running around in the garden, on a long car journey or on the way home from a swimming lesson – Organix Goodies has a choice of foods to suit any occasion.

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Organix 2016 – Moors Valley Park, Bournemouth. ©Barbara Evripidou2016; m: 07879443963; barbara@firstavenuephotography.com

7 reasons why toddlers need to snack

• Eating little and often is ideal as little tummies only hold small amounts
• Tops up little ones’ intake of nutrients, to meet their daily needs
• Provides essential calories to meet toddlers’ energy needs
• Adds variety to the diet with different tastes and textures
• Gives opportunities to try new foods either at home or out and about
• Keeps your little one going in between meals
• Helps teach healthy food habits

Disclaimer: I was sent the product above, however the opinion is my very own as always.

Parents Horrified by Unhealthy Halloween Treats

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Lurid orange lollies, ghoulish black cakes and sinister grey candy floss… the huge array of Halloween-inspired sugary treats loaded with artificial colourings and flavourings is a nightmare for parents according to an Organix survey – 81% feel huge pressure to buy their children these unhealthy sweets and think the food industry is taking advantage of the annual event to cash in by selling unhealthy food, sweets and snacks (97%).

An Organix No Junk Survey of Mums across the UK reveals that 97% of mums think most of the food sold at Halloween contains high levels of artificial colourings and flavourings and that it is full of sugar (98%). In fact, half of mums are so anxious about what’s in the sickly treats they don’t even dare to read the terrifying list of E-numbers on the food labels (46%).

While years ago you might have hoped for a few penny sweets when trick and treating, these days many stores sell large ‘swag buckets’ for youngsters to carry their huge haul of nasty treats around. No wonder 92% of mums say Halloween is a time when children eat too much junk and 72% wish there was a healthy alternative at Halloween to sweets and ‘treats’.

In a bid to help parents and children join in with the fun of Halloween, but ditch the junk, Organix has come up with some truly awful treats that are actually good for you – from Frankenstein Toast to Ghostly Pizza, Bat Biscuits, Spooky Skeleton Platter, Pumpkin Pie Biscuits, Spooky Pumpkin Risotto and Sweet Halloween Pumpkin Muffins. Happy Halloween folks! (Please ask for recipes and photos)

For Halloween you’ll find lots more no junk spooky recipes created by the cooks at Organix at www.organix.com For lots more recipes and tips to help you and your family enjoy good food and avoid the junk follow #NoJunkJourney.

Stats at a glance
Pressure to buy sweets at Halloween
o Parents feel pressurised to buy children sweets at Halloween – 81%

Halloween is an excuse for the food industry to market unhealthy sweets and snacks
o The food industry uses Halloween as an excuse to sell unhealthy food, sweets and snacks – 97%
o Most of the food sold at Halloween contains high levels of artificial colourings and flavourings – 97%
o Most of the food sold at Halloween is full of sugar – 98%

Children eat too much Junk at Halloween
o Halloween is often a time when children eat too much junk – 92%
o Mums see children become more hyper when eating sweets – 76%

Mums do not feel good about Halloween
o I feel guilty about giving children trick or treating unhealthy sweets and snacks – 42%
o I can’t face reading the label on sweets and snacks for Halloween – 46%
o I avoid Halloween trick or treating altogether – 36% agree – 65% disagree

Junk Free Halloween Alternatives for a Healthy Halloween
o I wish there was a healthy alternative at Halloween to sweets and ‘treats’ – 72%

So what’s my  opinion on this?

Has anyone thought about Christmas and Easter? What about the amount of chocolate that is being consumed at Easter with the massive Easter eggs. Chocolate is not exactly healthy either and would contain a high amount of sugar as the sweets would do.

In my opinion, children should have fun and enjoy their lives. Halloween only happens once a year. My two kids never get any sweets, in fact they don’t even like sweets. The only thing my four year old eats, is jelly beans. That’s about it and he only gets those as a treat when he did something good. Plus it’s always only a handful. If you can keep the sweets under control in your house and you make sure your kids brush their teeth twice daily, I don’t see why sweets should be banned completely, especially at Halloween. Halloween is known for trick or treating for hundreds of years.

What do you think of the outcome of this survey?

Wake Up To Organic

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Organix Fruity Eggy Bread

Organix is celebrating Wake Up To Organic to help inspire mums and dads to get a great start to the day with their little ones. So why not shake up breakfast time and try something new like this simple and tasty eggy bread that’s nice and quick to whip up.

Top tip: Try starting the day with a relaxed breakfast together.  Try not to rush – getting up 15 minutes earlier will make breakfast a far more relaxed affair.

Makes 1 Portion

Preparation and cooking time: under 20 minutes

Suitable from 12 months

Ingredients

• A splash of milk
• 1 egg
• 1 slice of wholemeal bread
• Fruit to top

Method

1. Crack the egg into a bowl and whisk with a splash of milk.
2. Cut the bread into chunks, then soak in the egg mixture.
3. Fry the bread for a few minutes on each side and serve with a selection of fruits – in season ones tend to taste the best

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Serving suggestions

Top with fruits, we love berries and banana slices, or try with halved cherry tomatoes for a savoury option.

For more breakfast recipes, baby and toddler advice and to download your free copy of the Organix Little Book of Good Food please visit www.organix.com. You can share your breakfast ideas, recipes, experiences and photos with other parents at #BabiesBreakfastClub.

Organix Goodies New Puffcorn + Giveaway

Recently Organix Goodies have launched a new range of Puffcorn. As I am working closely together with the company, I am giving you their latest products on the blog every few months. Organix have kindly sent me 2 bags of the 2 new Puffcorn flavours which are Banana and Sweet Cinnamon. We gave them a taste over the last week.

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The Puffcorn is a fun bite sized alternative to popcorn, with the reassurance of no hard kernels.  Made just from corn and rice and flavoured with real fruit juice and a sprinkle of spice, they’re a tasty addition to every little adventure. The banana puffcorn is coated with banana juice, and the sweet cinnamon puffcorn is coated with apple juice and cinnamon. Suitable from 12 months+.

Goodies Puffcorn comes with the Organix No Junk Promise, a stamp of reassurance that they are made with the best organic ingredients and contain nothing unnecessary – so your little one gets great tasting snacks, without the junk.

Delicious to munch, crunch and nibble on, Goodies Puffcorn is great for any occasion – at home, out and about, and it’s just the ticket for a junk-free family movie.

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So what did we think of the puffcorns?

I wasn’t too sure whether Chloe will take to them or not because she only has about 5/6 teeth at the age of 16 months but she finished nearly the whole bag and because they are so soft, they nearly melt in your mouth. With popcorn I find, a hard kennel can get stuck in your throat sometimes, this is what happens to me in the cinema sometimes but these are just so soft, nothing can happen. It’s just the perfect midday snack in my opinion and we’ll be definitely buying them again. I was running out of snack ideas for Chloe so these came in pretty handy.

Goodies Puffcorn comes in single flavour multi-packs containing 4 x 10g bags. RRP: £1.99. You’ll find them in all major retailers from June 2016.

Win

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To celebrate the launch of Goodies Puffcorn, I’ve teamed up with Organix to offer 2 lucky winners the chance to win a multi-pack of both the banana and sweet cinnamon flavours.

Simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. The competition is open to all residents in the UK and Ireland and will run until 17th June. Good Luck and Happy Snacking!

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Disclaimer: I was given samples for the purpose of this review. As always the opinion is my very own.

Organix Passion Fruit Cake

Today I am sharing a refreshing cake recipe with you from Organix.

I find Organix great for introducing biscuits and snacks to your little ones. Recently I bought their animal biscuits which are from 12 months +.  The reason why I prefer buying them is because they don’t have any hidden junk like sugar and it’s all organic. Chloe doesn’t have any teeth yet so I don’t want to expose her to too much sugar.

Anyway, let’s continue on to the yummy passion fruit cake.

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The perfect homemade treat for mum on Mother’s Day, and a delicious no junk treat for Easter, this passion fruit cake is bursting with flavour. This cake won’t last long as it contains no refined sugar to preserve it, and has a fresh cream topping and filling, so make sure you invite the family around to help you devour it fresh!

Prep Time: 10-30 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Age suitability: for all the family, toddlers from 12mths+
Suitable for vegetarians

Ingredients:

Sponge
• 250g unsalted butter (room temperature)
• 60mls maple syrup
• 200mls mango puree (made from approx. 1 mango)
• 2 tsps vanilla extract
• 4 eggs
• 300g self raising flour (or a gluten free option)

Filling and topping

• 6 ripe passion fruits
• 400mls double cream
• 4 tbsps maple syrup”

How to prepare:

1. Preheat your oven to 180°C, 160°C fan, Gas Mark 4. Grease and line two 20cm sandwich tins with non-stick baking parchment using a little extra butter. Top tip: you can use the left over butter on the butter wrapper for this and it’s a great job for little ones.

2. Make the mango puree by slicing the mango from top to bottom as close to the stone as possible on either side. Score a criss cross pattern in each half of the mango, then push the fruit cubes outward creating a hedgehog shape. Slice the fruit off the skin and blend in a blender until perfectly smooth.

3. In a large bowl beat the butter with the maple syrup and 1 tbsp of flour until soft. Add the mango puree and vanilla extract with 2 tbsps of flour and beat in. (Or you can use an electric cake mixer with the paddle attachment.)

4. Add the eggs one at a time with 1 tbsp of flour with each egg added. Beat in thoroughly. (The flour stops the mixture from splitting, which happens if it’s too wet.)

5. Sieve in the rest of the flour gradually and fold lightly into the mixture using a metal spoon. (You want to keep as much air as possible in the mixture – so be careful not to over mix it.) Why not let little ones have a stir or press on and off on the mixer.

6. Divide the mixture evenly between the two sandwich tins. Smooth over lightly, then bake for 20 minutes or until golden and springy to the touch. Insert a knife to check they are cooked – it should come out clean. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes to cool a little, then move onto wire rack to cool completely.

7. Once the sponge is completely cool, whip the cream until thick, then very lightly stir through 2 tbsps of maple syrup. Cut open the passion fruit and scoop the flesh into a bowl and stir in 2 tbsps of maple syrup. Sandwich the sponges together using half the whipped cream and half the passion fruit flesh. Then top with the rest of the cream and drizzle the remaining passion fruit over the top. Simple and delicious.”

I know passion fruit can be a hit and miss and it is not everyone’s cup of tea but I think this looks just delicious, don’t you think?

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Organix Baby Food

Recently I got the opportunity to test out a few baby products from Organix.

If you haven’t heard of Organix before, they do delicious fruit pots, cereals, snacks and much more. Check out their website for all the different flavours and variety. Their promise is the junk challenge. They are encouraging parents to cook fresh and healthy.

We were sent fruit pots, baby rice and banana and mango porridge.

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I haven’t tried the baby rice because at the same we got it, Chloe was already half weaned. But to any parents out there who are about to start the weaning journey, I can’t recommend Organix’s baby rice enough. On the side of each cereal box it is explained how many spoons of cereal you add and how much of baby’s milk. This can be increased as desired when your baby is ready to have bigger portions.

As Chloe wasn’t feeling well the last few days due to a little tummy bug, it was great to have the fruit pot in the house as she always eats that. In fact she could live on fruit pot the whole day, that’s how much she loves it. Every pack comes with 4 pots and 2 different flavours. We received 2x apple & peach and 2x apple & strawberry. I wasn’t too sure if she is going to like the flavour of strawberry yet but because there was apple in too she loved it.  There is always a packs of fruit pot in our press now. At the moment we are on apple & blueberry.

When Matthew was smaller he used to love these fruit pots too and especially when I mixed them into his ready brek or weetabix.

Organix have 4 different stages for their baby food:

– Stage Early Weaning (4-6 months +)
– Stage 2 Moving On (7 months +)
– Stage 3 Growing Up (10 months +)
– Toddler (12 months +)

I am looking forward to test out more of the different stages in the near future, so keep an eye on my blog for more yumminess.

*Disclosure: I was sent these products for the purpose of the review. Any opinion given is my very own.

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