Monday, 21 July 2014

Healthy Summer Snacking with FruitBowl

My gang have been trying out some yummy healthy snacks that were sent to us by Fruit Bowl, the one habit my children picked up from me is the snacking habit. So we always strive to have healthy options in for them to chose from. As we are at the start of the school holidays they came at just the right time.

Fruit Bowl mission is the make the nation a fruitier place and was created by 2 parents who were concerned that their children prefer crisps and sweets rather than fruit. So they set about designing snacks made from real fruit that were in a delicious, convenient, affordable form that both kids and parents would like. 
We were sent a little of everything in their range including fruit flakes, fruit peelers, school bars, yogurt covered flakes, fruit sours and yogurt covered raisins. The children didn't know where to start first, what I love about all of them is there all natural and contain 1 of your 5 a day.

School bars are available in 4 flavours strawberry, apple, raspberry and blackcurrant and are sold in boxes of 5. They contain only natural flavours and sugars and one bar contains one of your 5 a day. These were not my children's favourite item out of the hamper, they dint like the texture. I quite liked them and at only 67 calories per bar there a good tasty low fat option for adults to.

The fruit peelers are a fab idea, its just 100% fruit made into peelable tubes and come in boxes of 3. Dayton commented on how juicy there were and said they really tasted like strawberries. There great fro popping in the children's school bag for a break time snack. Cody enjoyed peeling each layer off the stick and said they were really chewy. Even I liked these and was surprised at now fruity they are. They come in 3 lovely flavours strawberry, raspberry and blackcurrant.

The fruit flakes come in 4 different flavours strawberry, blackcurrant, tropical and raspberry and again 1 bag contains 1 of your 5 a day. They are sold in single packs or also multipacks of 3. There is a really good sized portion in the bag to, they are a great alternative for when the children are mithering for crisps. The tropical flavour are delicious and I cant wait to try them on some of the fab recipes on the Fruit Bowl website.

The fruit sours and sea shapes were right up my older children's street, they have the appearance of jelly sweets, but are made with real fruit and have no added sugar. They are sold in packs of 5, which is a good sized bag for my family size, enough for a packet each! The fruit sours are a a mix of apple, cherry, orange and strawberry flavours and really tasty. They are nice and chewy to, the sea shapes are slightly smaller in size so ideal for younger children. My older boys ave demolished the packs of both of these and requested more from the shopping order. It refreshing to have them request a healthy snack and nice to know there getting some good stuff into them. Especially Logan hes not bog on fruit at all.

The biggest favourite in the whole box was the yogurt covered fruit flakes, which are exactly what they say they are fruit flakes with a yummy yogurt coating. You can purchase them in single packs or multi packs. Cody is a big fan of yogurt covered raisins so I knew that he would love them. He has demolished all the blackcurrant flavoured ones and have been reluctantly eating the strawberry instead.

The Fruit Bowl range is great and offers something that that whole family will enjoy. There great for healthy snacks, to accompany lunch and because there all individually wrapped ideal for popping in your bag for days out. You can purchase them in most major supermarkets with prices starting from £1.40 for multipacks. You can find out more on the Fruit Bowl Website and also keep up to date with them on Facebook .

I was sent the above items for the purposes of this review all opinions are my own.

Im a Zelicious Zelfs Party Host

I have been selected to be a Zelf's party host, on Wednesday 30th July between 2pm and 4pm. We have a box of Zelficious goodies on the way to help us party in style.

We are going to be having some yummy cupcakes, sandwiches and delicious snacks as well as playing some great party games. You can follow along with the fun using the hashtags #Zelfs and #Zelicious.

Also make sure you are following +UKMumsTV . who are responsible for the organisation of this fab shindig. You also need to be following myself and the other fab hosts on twitter.

Pop along and you could win some fabulous prizes!!

Real Mums of All Bran 5 Day Challenge

Did you know that 90 to 95 per cent of the ‘happy’ hormone serotonin is made in the gut? A study* of 1,000 UK women found 52 per cent experience digestive complaints, such as bloating or gas, at least once a week. Eating fibre everyday is a simple remedy for happy tums.

I have just completed the 5 day challenge to see if I could get my gut feeling a but better, digestive health is important and kicking the day off with a bit of good stuff is a great start to improving it.
I don't particularly suffer with bad digestive health but on occasion do suffer from bloating in my tummy.

I'm not a brig breakfast fan and usually forget to eat so having a prompt to have to eat for 5 days was really good. I was sent 3 different flavours of yummy All Bran to try chocolate wheat, red berry crunch and golden crunch. I have tried the red berry crunch before as I got them in a goody bag a while back and I really enjoyed them.

As soon as the 3 boxes arrived the children had their eyes on them as they saw the word chocolate on the box. So I thought it would be wise to grab a bowl of this first!! I really liked the chocolate flavour they were just like min shredded wheat but with chocolate chunks inside.
I noticed I felt really satisfied after eating them and I didn't snack at all like I normally do. It turned out to be the first and last day I would get a bowl as the children polished off the rest! I have since ordered more with my shopping and they have become part of my morning routine.

Day 2 saw me delve into the red berry crunch flavour, I noticed the portion size was lot smaller than what you get with the chocolate. This automatically set my mind wandering if I would be hungry before lunch time, I was quite surprised to find that I wasn't. From the results of day 2 I decided to have the red berry crunch on day 3 an
I definitely notice that I felt less bloated and less hungry, during the 5 days I managed not to snack before breakfast and lunch which I normally do. I think the lack of hunger was definitely to do with a better food routine.

The last day of the challenge I gave the golden crunch, it definitely wasn't my favourite flavour and I didn't like the taste at all. Not sure why, my hubby loved it though.
I managed to stay on track for the whole 5 days and to be honest I haven't noticed a difference in my digestive health. But a huge positive for my is that I noticed that its cut out my snacking between meals, so the 5 day challenge has helped me have a better food routine which can only be good for me right?

This post is an entry for the Real Mums of All-Bran Linky Challenge, sponsored by Kelloggs