Put some wobble into your children’s lunch boxes with Hartley’s Jelly Pots

It’s that time of year where you are back to rummaging through your food cupboards attempting to put together some healthy, nutritious snacks ready to put into your children’s lunch box. Yes it’s back to school for the little ones and back to the shops for us.

If your children are like mine then they would like a variety of different types of food.

I always try to keep the lunch box filled with a balanced type of food, a sandwich, item of fruit, raisins, yoghurt / jelly and a snack. I don’t think the items of food have to be a work of art just as long the children eat it, that’s all that matters. Keeping it fun for them is a good idea but there is no need to go overboard.

What I do like to do is add in little messages or stickers for the children to read and use, a little surprise for them. They love to receive little messages amongst their wrap and fruit. Little words of wisdom, good luck messages if they have a test that day or just a little note to say how much I love them. I love seeing their little faces at the end of the day when i pick them up and they tell me that they got their message. Sometimes they reply back on the message so that i get to read it when I’m emptying their lunch box.

 

My boys are more snackers during the day rather than eating one meal. I think I most probably go over the top and add in too much for them but I like to know that they have a variety to eat from.

What I like to put into their lunch boxes:

Sandwich or a wrap – These are normally ham or cheese salad

Egg or pasta – I found these cute little egg moulders. They are shaped little cases that you place the boiled egg into and close it up to mould into the shape.

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Fruit – I normally put in a fresh piece of fruit and some dried fruit too. If I put in berries then i use a tupperware tub to put them in.

Snack – A packet of crisps, a pot of dried cereal or some rice cakes

Yoghurt/ Jelly – My boys love these in their lunch boxes, it is probably the first thing that they eat from it. I like to put both in for them, the small pots are ideal. Fruit in a jelly is an ideal way to introduce fruit into every day eating.

Fruit bars – Although my boys would rather eat a peanut bar they are not allowed them in school. I add in the raw bars, mostly made by myself from dates and coconut.

I also like to keep the added sugar in their lunches to a minimum. As a family we are keen on eating food with little refined sugar added in to them. Not only is it good for their health but good on the teeth too.

Hartley’s is a jam and jelly brand that has been feeding the nation from breakfast to after dinner snack for over 140 years, they offer Standard & No Added Sugar jelly pots which provide a quick and convenient snack. The Hartley’s No Added Sugar jelly pots have no artificial colours and flavours and are fat and gluten free. Stocked in all major retailers from only 49p, they are a tasty treat that will be sure to raise a smile.

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Get ‘Back to School’ ready with Hartley’s No Added Sugar jelly pots and put some fun into your kids’ lunchbox. There are five flavours to choose from including Strawberry, Raspberry, Orange, Tropical, Apple and Blackcurrant. They contain only naturally occuring sugars.

The No Added Sugar blackcurrant and tropical pots are vegetarian and vegan. They are the perfect size to add into lunch boxes or even into a bag for that little snack when out and about. My children find them very tasty and say that they taste like jelly made from home. They are strong in flavour and not watery like some pots you can get. I think they are ideal to add onto a party table too. I find that they are best kept in the fridge for keeping that fresh cold taste.

Hartley’s are gearing up for the Back to School season with an on pack collector scheme offer for our consumers. By collecting 12 promotional Hartley’s Jelly Pot lids, consumers can redeem a special edition Hartley’s lunchbox along with an assortment of fabulously fun stickers.

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The lunch box is a good size and as you can see from the photographs you can fit in quite a bit to fill those hungry little stomachs. Once you’ve collected the lids, claim your lunchbox here

I was provided with the lunch box and jelly pots for the purpose of this post.

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The Pop of Colour Trail Mix Recipe

It’s National Trail Mix Day on the 31st August, yes, You heard correctly. There is a national holiday all about nuts, fruit and seeds.

The great thing about trail mixes are that you can pretty much add anything you want to together, knowing that they are full of goodness and it will be full of flavour. You will get the sweetness from the dried fruits and the crunchiness from the nuts and seeds.

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Nuts.com have teamed up with Brittany from Eating Bird Food to celebrate with a contest! I have been challenged to create a new trail mix or my own. I had to choose two items from a list and then add other items to the mix. We chose Goji berries and Cacao Nibs (click on Goji and Cacao to go through to the website)

The Pop of colour Trail mix Ingredients:

  • Almonds
  • Pecan Nuts
  • Pistachio
  • Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • Dried Mango
  • Goji Berries
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Coconut Slices
  • Cacao Nibs
  • 1tsp Chia Seeds
  • 1tsp Cinnamon
  • 1tsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Most of the ingredients above can be found at www.nuts.com

Trail Mixes are simple to make. We used 3tbsp of all of the ingredients, but its your choice on however much you want to make. Add all of the ingredients into a plastic zip lock bag, close it up and shake away. Rub the mix together through the bag, ensuring that all of the oil and cinnamon evenly coats the ingredients. Get the children involved in the mixing and choosing the ingredients.

Empty the contents from the bag onto a tray to dry out a little. Once ready, place the mix into smaller snack bags and store in the fridge or a cupboard ready to be grabbed as you leave the door.

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Trail mixes are ideal for snacks on the go, pack lunches, picnics, adding to your breakfast or topping onto a yoghurt.

Nutritional facts

  • Cacao nibs are high in Fibre, magnesium and potassium
  • Goji Berries are high in vitamin A. The blue-red colours found in goji berries are natural anti-oxidants which may help protect the body against oxidative damage. Contains Lycium barbarum polysaccharides which may benefit the immune function, and may reduce fatigue.
  • Almonds are a good source of fiber and protein. Naturally low in sugar.
  • Pistachio nuts are rich in vitamin B6 and E, they are good for your skin and immune system
  • Pecans are a good source vitamin B1, thiamin. Rich in protein and critical minerals for growth and metabolism.
  • Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein and omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Pumpkin Seeds are high in Zinc which is good for the immune system and omega 3 fats. They are rich in vitamin k, E and B. Full of Protein. Contains huge amounts of zinc, a mineral very important in preventing osteoporosis
  • Coconut oil contains fatty acids with powerful medicinal properties

This is our entry into the competition for a chance to be featured on the nuts.com blog, also to win a trail mix selection.

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Breakfast Survival

Do you struggle with your children in the morning to get them to eat their breakfast?

My mornings are like competing a mini obstacle course when it comes to organising the boys, with three boys all under the age of 11, it’s not an easy task!

  • First I have to awake them from their warm comfy beds, which is survival in itself having to enter their bedrooms (the youngest would happily stay there all morning)
  • Secondly I have to get them all washed and dressed
  • Then I have to prepare their pack lunches, trying to put a balance of healthy foods and snacks in them

Whilst I am doing this all 3 of them will be climbing up the banisters, hanging from door ways, shouting at each other and trying to get past me to the back door so they can go out for a morning jump on the trampoline (My house is like a Jungle full of monkeys)

  • Then I have to get them all to sit down at the  table to eat their breakfast cereal, but only after they have raided the cupboard for their choice of breakfast.

This is the only time in the morning that they are calm and sitting down and it’s the only time from when they have woken up that I may get a chance to sip my coffee (which by now is cold!)

  • Once breakfast has been consumed, teeth have been brushed, book bags been checked and any last minute work added to the homework/reading books we are ready to leave the house.

Having a nutritional breakfast is an important part of the day, it sets you up for the rest of the day. The boys need to eat something that is quick but filling to get them through their tough morning at school til lunch time. I always make sure that we have a good selection of cereals for the boys, our cupboard is always full of cereal boxes their favourite being Shreddies.

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According to new research by Nestle Cereals, 70% of families have less than an hour to get ready for school, I totally agree with this and the more children you have to get ready the harder the routine gets, But we always make time to eat out breakfast! Eating their cereal means that they are getting a good start to the day and taking in important nutrients like fibre, vitamins and minerals.

Did you know that Shreddies contain 8 vitamins and minerals, and are low in saturated fats and are a great source of fibre?

Did you know that Cheerios are a great source of 9 vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium and vitamin D?

Celebrity Mum, Marina Fogle, says: ” Just like most families, sometimes we find it hard to navigate the jungle of the morning routine. But, however busy we are, making time for a nutritious breakfast is a key. A bowl of cereal is not just quick and easy but a source of important nutrients my family needs to start the day in a nutritious balanced way.”

“My husband is best known for travelling to remote locations and being a survival expert, putting himself through his paces, but back at home I’m a survival expert as a mum!”

To support other parents looking for help to survive the jungle of family breakfast, Marina has teamed up with Nestle Cereals to launch ‘Breakfast Survival Guide’, full of tips and advice.

 HOW ELSE CAN I GET MY ESSENTIAL VITAMINS?

How about eating some bugs! Did you know that bugs, grubs and plants from the jungle are packed with vitamins and minerals!

Kids love eating weird and wacky things, A Mopane Caterpillar is a good source of iron and the root of a Bulrush might be a great way get your fibre, or you could eat 100 Jewel Beetles for a great source of calcium.

We was invited along to A breakfast Survival event run by Nestle Cereals, where we got to go on an exciting exhibition through the jungle of the family breakfast routine. The boys had a blast meeting some wonderful creepy crawlies, tasting some of the alternative choices of a jungle cereal and we even got to meet Marina Fogle and renowned nutritionist, Juliette Kellow who were around to answer any of our questions.

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Jak tasting a BBQ bamboo worm

 

Holding a Millipede
Holding a Millipede

 

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What breakfast would you prefer?

The eldest and I tasted all of the bugs, they wasn’t as bad as i thought they would be but we still would prefer to eat a bowl of cheerios any day! Whilst we was tucking away into our nutritional helping of bugs, Joseph was sitting in the next room tucking into a bowl of his favourite Shreddies.

Not only does Nestle Cereal make the perfect choice of breakfast but they are also ideal to put into pack lunches for the children to snack on.

Do you have any tip to make mornings that little bit easier? Why not share them on twitter using the hashtag #BreakfastSurvival

We was invited along to the event for the purpose of this post, thank you to Red Consultancy and Nestle for a lovely interesting and yummy afternoon.

 

 

 

 

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Is your toddler ready for the Marathon?

TODDLER MILESTONES MATCH MARATHON EFFORT

GROWING UP MILK INFO RESEARCH REVEALS THE TRUE NUTRITIONAL NEEDS OF THE NATION’S TODDLERS

 

With the London marathon looming, taking place this sunday (21st April), adult runners are preparing for a major feat. However, what mums and dads may not realise is that on a daily basis, the nutrition our little ones require to achieve every day milestones, like crawling, walking and running, is comparable to the power grown-ups need to complete major achievements.

The First Steps Research, commissioned by www.growingupmilkinfo.com, highlights how a toddler’s daily antics, which might include: tottering from one end of the sofa to the other, playing in their sandpit or even their afternoon nap, uses the same energy, when compared ‘pound for pound’ to an adult running 30 miles. That’s more than a marathon.

This is also equivalent to:

  • Eight hours of straight singles tennis – just three hours shy of the record breaking 11 hour, five minute match set at Wimbledon, by Nicolas Mahut and John Isner in 2010
  • Rowing for six hours – plenty of time to row the 21 miles of the English Channel
  • 250 minutes boxing – that’s 83 rounds in the ring, which is over 27 individual fights

Leading dietitian Dr Carrie Ruxton explains the science behind these findings. She comments: “To illustrate the difference between a toddler’s and an adult’s diet, the First Steps Research worked out the average calories required to support a toddler on a daily basis. We took into consideration their weight, resting metabolic rate, and energy necessary for growth, development and activity. Each of these factors, when compared with an average 70kg (154lb) adult, equated ‘pound for pound’ to a 3,600 calorie daily diet for an adult. That’s enough to run marathons, climb Ben Nevis twice, or box more than seven fights consecutively.

My 20 month old is always on the go, from the moment he is awake to the minute he falls asleep he spends his time running around, climbing, playing with the ball either throwing or kicking it and riding his bike. I don’t have enough energy in me to keep up with him, there’s one thing for sure is that i sleep very well at night (when he isn’t waking me up) as he tires me out! His favorite activity is going to our local gymnastics club where he spends an hour and a half  bouncing on the trampoline, walking on the beams, jumping into the pit and generally running around.

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“I hope the findings of the First Steps Research go some way to help parents understand why it is so important for our toddlers to get the right healthy balanced diet, designed to meet their special nutritional needs, including the right amount of vitamins – for this amazing period of growth and development.”

Visit GrowingUpMilkInfo.com to find out more about the amazing growth and development that one toddlers experience from the age of one to three. The website offers nutritional advice from experts, as well hints and tips on ways to top-up your toddler’s daily vitamin D intake, and the role Growing Up Milk can play to help support little ones.

This post is a part of my role being a Growing Up Milk Mumtor. I have received no payment i  doing so!

 

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Vitamin D Day 31 March 2013

FIRST UK VITAMIN D DAY LAUNCHED TO EDUCATE PARENTS

Vitamin D Day to shine spotlight on vitamin D

 At the dawn of British summertime 2013, growingupmilkinfo.com launches the UK’s first Vitamin D Day (31 March) to raise awareness about the importance of the vitamin for toddler development. I recently wrote about how we get our recommended dose of the sunshine vitamin Here

With a recent survey highlighting that the majority of UK mums (91%)  don’t know the recommended daily intake of vitamin D for toddlers, Vitamin D Day has been created to address misconceptions, and educate the nation’s parents, about the role of diet in providing the essential vitamin.

Health expert and ITV’s This Morning regular, Dr Chris Steele, who is backing Vitamin D Day, stressed the importance of dietary intake of vitamin D for toddlers. He said: “Many parents don’t know how much vitamin D is needed for the normal growth of toddler bones and teeth.

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He added: “The low levels of vitamin D in toddler diets is a growing health concern and we need to ensure that our toddlers are getting the best from their diets. Presently, the average British toddler is only getting 27% of their recommended daily dietary vitamin D intake ii and the sun cannot be relied upon alone to fulfil a toddler’s vitamin D needs.”

Vitamin D Day aims to educate Brits on the food sources, like oily fish, liver and eggs, as well as foods and milks fortified with vitamin D, such as fortified breakfast cereals and Growing Up Milk, to help top-up vitamin D levels in our little ones’ diets.

To support Vitamin D Day growingupmilkinfo.com has launched its new website which includes vitamin D rich recipes for toddlers and expert health advice and tips, as well as a vitamin D Q&A video with Dr Chris Steele.

Dr Chris Steele raises a beaker to support the UK's first Vitami

 

For more information on the importance Vitamin D and toddler nutrition, visit www.growingupmilkinfo.com.

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