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Forest feast Christmas collection

Published December 6, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Forest feast are home to tasty fruit and nut snacks and have recently launched a festive collection in time for Christmas.

These festive snack packs combine blends of both sweet and savoury ingredients together such as nuts, dried fruits and even bits of chocolate. These make lovely Xmas day nibbles for all the family.

If I’m being totally honest, I’m not usually a big lover of nuts or dried fruits, but I do make an exception around Christmas and these do taste incredibly good. The vanilla cashew, cranberry, chocolate, fruit and nut went down a treat. I would usually expect a mix like this to contain some sort of dried fruit that I don’t like such as raisins, currants, dates etc but no, it contained dried cranberries which are one of the very few dried fruits I actually like.

There are four festive varieties to choose from and each one costs £3.50 per bag.

The snack organisation presents…….

Published June 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Their freeze dried fruit snacks & flavoured rice crackers! 

The snack organisation are a new brand in the UK and have a healthy selection of snacks including crackers and freeze dried fruit packets. 

I have been very lucky, sampling both the fruit and the crackers recently. 


The fruit packets contain 18g of real fruit. The fruit goes through a special process of freeze drying I’ve no idea what exactly happens during this process but they taste amazingly good. 

I’ve tried a few dry fruit snacks in my time. I found some of them damn right disgusting , some taste just like they say – “dried fruit” as in fruit that’s been left to dry out in the sun. Yuk! Needless to say these previous snacks were not worthy of a blog mention, but the Snack organisation  variety are. 


There are a few fruit varieties. I have the pineapple packer on display here with a few strawberry pieces at the side. It’s hard to pick a firm favourite but the mixture of banana with strawberry gives a nice mixed treat.


As far as this type of product goes (dried fruit snacks) these rank amongst my top picks. They seem to not just retain, but increase in sweetness compared to the original fruit itself.

These snacks, whilst full of nothing but 100% fruit; do give a whole different taste experience to eating actual fruit. So for fussy children these may come in very useful. Whilst they don’t taste like sweets, they do taste like a sweet fruity snack (if that makes sense. And young children especially may not even realise that actual fruit and nothing else is in the packs. 

And then, there was all these! 


These crackers come baked instead of fried which instantly makes them more healthier than any fried product. The packs are 100g and they come with many flavours to choose from, my personal favourite being sweet chilli. 

You will probably notice that some packets of crackers have different packaging. This is because there are 2 versions of the rice crackers. The oriental type in the black packets and the Ancient grains in the other packets. The main difference between these two is that the Ancient grain varieties are made with brown rice & quinoa and a few other different ingredients to the other packets. 


These rice crackers make a good tasty light snack and can be included in a packed lunch. They are fine to eat alone or use with some sort of sauce or healthy topping.

Again good for both adults and kids alike. My children really like these crackers. The shape and size of each one is perfect for small hands and the variety of flavours, including lightly salted means there is one to suit most tastebuds.

Both the crackers and dried fruit products can be purchased via The Snack organisation website but only as multiple packs, not individual. Individual packs can be purchased from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and other good shops and supermarkets.

New fridge fruit packs from Dole 

Published February 20, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Dole are probably most well known for their tinned fruits and the most popular fruit cocktail in a tin. They have recently bought out all new resealable fridge packets. 

The packets contain similar tasting fruits just as I’d find in the Dole tins but the difference being, these can be resealed and keep for longer than say half an opened tin would. 

They can be eaten and used just as any fruit would be it breakfast toppings, baking, or just as a healthy snack. The convenient resealable packs is enough to give one of your “5 a day”, every day, with no fuss. The Dole Resealable Fridge Packs are available in four options: Tropical Gold, pineapple chunks, mixed fruit, peach slices and prunes.


My two girls both love fruit, my boy is still as fussy as ever but the girls seemed really fascinated by the new packets in the fridge. 

This is the mixed fruit in cherry juice which Jordanna could not wait to open and try. 

And its a thumbs up from my girls. They both love eating tins of fruit cocktail as it is and now that its in a packet, it makes it much easier and less dangerous than attempting to open tins.

Dole has also bought out fruit freezer packs in six varieties. These get stored in the freezer until needed. 

The fridge packs cost approx £1.19 each and freezer packs £2.29 each and both fridge and freezer packs should be available to buy in supermarkets. I would say that each pack gives two fairly reasonable sized portions and so enough for two or more people to share. 

Dinky Diner smoothie maker

Published April 6, 2016 by Bizzimummy

   
 About two weeks ago I was contacted by a company called Liberty Trading. Their website is full of funky gadgets, gifts and accessories and just the sort of website that I love to browse through.

I chose this Dinky Diner smoothie maker. It seemed the perfect thing for us as my kids are always asking for milkshakes and smoothies.  

 
 

With it being called “Dinky Diner” I was expecting a smaller than usual device with mini cups but it’s actually a full size one with full size cups. Not bad for just £22.00. I love the vibrant red colour too,it looks rather professional.  

 
 

The smoothie maker comes with 2 tall cups and one blender blade attachment. One of the cups doubles up as a freezer cup.  

 
 

My kids were quite baffled as to why this cup had water inside and why the water stayed in the cup even when tipped up. This cup can be placed in the freezer to give a cooler smoothie or the smoothie can be frozen. Both cups also come with kids.
It’s minimal set up and can be used straight from the box. The blender base small size makes it ideal for storing away in cupboards whilst the cups still provide a full glass of smoothie or shake.

This one device makes us delicious smoothies or milkshakes in seconds. It can even be used for cocktails which I’m yet to test out. 
 
  

Soft fruits work best in smoothies/Shakes, so bananas, berries, mango etc. Most hard fruits such as apples will need a juicer not one of these. The fruits are best chopped beforehand and yoghurt, milk, juice can be added and a few other things. 

There are many websites giving smoothie and shake recipes and even downloadable apps just for smoothies.
All the ingredients go into one of the cups, the blade is attached and sealed and then place the cup on the blender base. With this, you need to align the plastic notches on the bottom of the cups with the base and twist and lock in. This does take a bit of strength to lock it in properly, it took me a few attempts.  
 

Once locked, push down and switch the plug on, pulse for 10/20 seconds at one time, twist off and then pulse again 2 or 3 times. I find this the best way to make smoothies. The instructions recommend not pulsing for more than 60 seconds or there is a risk of the motor burning out.

We found it worked really well for the low price of it. It easily turned all the fruits we used into a drinkable smoothie along with yoghurts, milk, juices and even the addition of peanut butter in one of them (yes you can even make them with chocolate). There are no big bits remaining its all nicely blended together each time. The freezer cup will be great for the warmer summer days.

The smoothies are all done in seconds and it’s easy to make 4 (one each) in probably just over a minute.  

 

Smoothies are a great way to get fruit and vegetables into children and especially fussy eaters like my son Ryan. He won’t eat banana, raspberry or other fruits but will make and drink them in smoothies. 

 

This is a really good smoothie maker and comes at a really good price being just £22.99. 

Buy from Liberty trading along with lots of other funky gadgets.

Emily Fruit Crisps 

Published March 10, 2015 by Bizzimummy

Emily is an exciting new range of snacks that have all the goodness of fruit with the crunch of a crisp. Named after one of the co-founders, these Fruit Crisps are something of a little love story. While she and her lovely partner, Alex were travelling in the Far East, they found an astonishing way of making crisps in a vacuum that preserves all the good things in fruit while still being amazingly crunchy… They decided to make their own and Alex named them after Emily so he could see her name wherever he went…

Fruit crisps seem to be everywhere and are still a fairly new product. In a way they are quite a strange if not bizarre sounding product. On one hand we hear the word “fruit” and think healthy, sweet. Then the word “crisps” and no so healthy nor sweet. The brain gets confused and starts to think fruit with crisps!! Maybe not so nice. 

I have tried a few different varieties of these strange sounding concoctions. Some of them nice and some down right disgusting which taste like dried out cardboard full of pips. Therefore I was kind of doubting the whole fruit crisp trend, that was of course until I came across Emily Fruit Crisps. Now these are something else indeed. 

These take the fruit crisp phenomenon to a whole other level. These are what fruit crisps should be like, not dry, not soggy, not full of pips, no just a sweet delicious fruity crunch with every wholesome bite. Just delicious and absolutely perfect for a healthy snack, lunchbox, kids etc. 

There are 3 varieties – Apple, banana and pineapple. The only ingredients in the fruit crisps are the fruit and non hydrogenated vegetable oil and that’s it. No sugar, no preservatives, no additives and they are gluten free too. 

The crisp pieces are big and chunky too, hardly any crumbs or tiny bits. Each bite is delicious and full of crunchy natural sweet flavour, tho I will warn you, they are highly addictive and one packet may just make you long for another one. 



I’m unsure of the exact process that goes into making a delicious crisp like these from fruit but I am very happy to swap my usual crisps for a bag of these anyday.

Emily Fruit Crisps are currently sold in Selfridges food halls and also via Total wellbeing solutions. More information on stockists can of course be found on the Emily website.

Trust me you need to try these to believe. My kids love them too. 



Aloha goodness from Appy Food and drinks

Published February 24, 2015 by Bizzimummy

Appy Food and Drinks is the award winning FMCG Company that emphasises its core values in formulating healthier and affordable family products, than those commonly sold on the market.

Bringing over 10 years of market knowledge and passion they develop products using innovative natural ingredients, such as stevia, to ensure they are always healthy, affordable, and loved by the family.

One of the Appy brands is a selection of refreshing low sugar fruit drinks known as Aloha Goodness.

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These drinks come in big family size cartons and in 3 refreshing flavours.

Apple & Blackcurrant
Apple & Summer Berries
Orange

Each litre carton claims to contain 50% less sugar and Calories than regular fruit juices and they are also free from added sugar and artificial additives. The juices are made up of 50% spring water and 50% concentrated juice which is made up of fruits and natural flavours.

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As there are less calories in these cartons than others. They seem perfect for those on diets and make a lovely alternative to pop and other juices. They taste really good, sweet and refreshing and can be enjoyed by the whole family.

For more information on Appy juices, visit their website .

Get Fruity bars

Published January 26, 2015 by Bizzimummy

I have been wanting to introduce some new foods into my children’s diets but they can all be so fussy at times. Ryan is the worst and I’m not too sure if it’s a boy thing or just him but I have always had problems getting him to eat vegetables and most fruits.

Get Fruity Bars are a new bar made from just 3 main ingredients – Fruit, British oats and Virgin Coconut oil.

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There are 3 different flavoured bars at present which are

Apricots, orange and ginger
Blend of Mixed Berries
Scrumptious Strawberry

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The bars are the perfect size for lunch boxes and as they are cleverly disguised as bars, many kids won’t even realise how much fruity goodness they are eating.
I was quite surprised to open each bar and see bright colours await me.

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I do eat and try a fair few fruit and health bars and am used to brown colours or a mixture of mush but these are very bright and colourful and therefore probably quite appealing to young children.

We all enjoy the taste of the bars. The strawberry one is my favourite. They taste like a fruity oat bar which is basically what they are. They have a lot of flavour and are nice and soft and chewable. They make great breakfast bars too.

Eating just one of these bars per day will count towards the recommended 5 a day fruit intake.

Get Fruity bars are made in Cornwall using natural fresh ingredients and a whole lot of love. They can be purchased in cases of 25 directly from the website and from a list of wholesalers which can also be found on their page.

Baylis & Harding Beauticology

Published November 28, 2014 by Bizzimummy

Baylis & Harding has just launched a new bath, body, hand and fragrance collection – Beauticology Fruits. With its amazing fragrance combinations, including “Mango & Mandarin” , “Strawberry & Pomegranate”, “Coconut & Lime” and “Pink grapefruit & Raspberry it brings fruity fun to your daily beauty routine!

I love relaxing in a hot bath at the end of a busy day once my children are in bed and taking a relaxing break from my worries if only for half an hour. I love pampering myself with gorgeous smelling quality products and I love the Baylis & Harding brand. I have some lovely new products from the new Beauticology range and I also have something of each fragrance top meaning I get to smell very fruity once I'm done.

Everything I have here, I am able to use together as my bath care/pampering routine. To start with I use my very big bottle of Bath & Shower cream in Mango & Mandarin. This is a really big bottle being a huge 750ml. It smells just like a sweet orange juice with lovely zesty aromas. I pour a little under a running tap to give me a lovely fruit bath full of creamy bubbles.

The pump action nozzle helps to control the amount that comes out and of course prevent spills and mess.

 

Whilst in the bath I then use my Gently Exfoliating Shower scrub and this one is in Strawberry & Pomegrantate fragrance. I never understand why these products state “bath or shower” as they can obviously be used in either.

This one is oozing with strawberry essence. I'm not too suet what a pomegranate smells like so unsure if I smell this too. To use I simply message into skin, all over my body and then rinse off.

 

Once cleaned and dried its time to apply my Body Butter in Pink Grapefruit and Raspberry. Now I do feel poor body butters sometimes get a bad rap when it comes to gifts and often become unused items stored in a cupboard. I think this one is extra special. I absolutely love the fragrance and can smell a mixture of both the fruits. The cream itself it's soft and whipped and dries fairly quickly on. It makes me smell so nice after applying it and helps to soften my skin too.

 

After the body butter treatment comes a Frgrance Mist in Coconut & Lime. This is not really a product I have used much before. I obviously use perfumes and deodorant and this seems to be something that falls inbetween. This can obviously be used anytime of day just to freshen up. It contains moisturisers and works to leave skin refreshed and hydrated. This is also something that could be popped in a bag and taken to work. Just like deodorant or perfume.

 

Finally afte all the picking up bottles and spraying, my hands may be feeling a little worn and tired. Busy hands often get neglected and it's hands that do a lot of work. This Hand Cream also in Coconut & Lime contains vitamin e and provides my tired hands with triple moisturising treatment. It helps with dryness and helps to prevent skin cracks as well as making them smell really good.

 

All Baylis & Harding products are paraben free and the products can be found in various stores selling beauty products. Boots, Debenhams, tesco, House of Fraser, Sainsburys and Amazon all stock a selection of the products. Prices do vary and more information can be found at the Baylis & Harding website.

 

Philips “Viva Collection” compact juicer

Published October 13, 2014 by Bizzimummy

For years I have tried unsuccessfully to get my now 10 year old son to eat fruit and vegetables. He will eat the odd apple every now and again but that’s it. Not a single vegetable will pass his lips and god forbid any citrus fruit or berries. Like many parents in worry and have tried many ways to get vegetables into him such as hiding them in sauce etc. Nothing works. Until now that is!

Philips sent over a Compact Viva Collection juicer for us to try out and hopefully make some healthier juice.

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The first thing that impressed me about the juicer was that when I opened the box it was all assembled and ready to use. No fussing around with instructions trying to assemble and work out which part goes where. No it can simply be taken out of the box, plugged in and away we go. Secondly it was black, which is a good thing because all of my other kitchen appliances and even utensils are also black so it fits in quite well. I think they may come in other colour choices too but I’m happy with my black one.

The juicer is small enough to simply sit on a kitchen unit without taking up much space. It could also be placed on top of a microwave when not in use. It consists of several parts which include the power base, large pulp collector, blade, dispenser. There is a juice jug included too.

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Operation is very easy with just one on/off switch labelled 0 and 1.

I have used the juicer several times now. I find it very easy to use. Many fruits and vegetables can be juiced. The majority of them can even be juiced without peeling such as apples (which don’t need coring either), pears, peaches, cucumber, berries. Citrus fruits do need peel removing or they taste quite bitter otherwise.
The fruit funnel part is quite large. I find I can put large chunks of fruit in meaning apples only need cutting in half or quarters depending on size.
Small oranges can usually be popped in whole or again in half.
The juicing process is rapid. I put the fruit/veg in, push down with the plunger and the juice appears within seconds.

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This little juicer can make up to 1.5 litres of juice before the pulp container becomes full. The included jug holds 500ml meaning the juicer can fill 3 of these before it needs emptying.

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Once full the pulp is collected in the pulp container and no where else.

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The window of the juicer is even transparent so I can clearly see all the fruit being juiced.

There are so many juice combinations that can be made. If I get stuck for ideas there are even websites and apps especially for juice recipes.

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The best thing is that Ryan and my girls will happily drink the juice. I can add sneaky things such as cucumber with apple juice and they won’t know. It’s a great way to get more fruit and vegetables into all the family.

I was sent some juice recipes with the juicer to start me off. One of them named Beat the Bloat looked very easy and I just happened to have the ingredients needed to make it too.

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All I needed to make this is a pineapple, Granny Smiths apples and a lime.

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The recipe card suggested the addition of mint leaves too but I’m not a fan of mint so I left this out. I used more fruit than suggested as there are 4 of us who wanted some.
Here is how it went!

The result was delicious and nutritious real fruit juice with no added sugar or nasties. I did have to peel the pineapple which was like peeling a crocodile but didn’t take too long. The apples were large so I chopped into quarters and I used a full lime peeled.

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I filled two jugs and we all loved it. I then made a little more and this tins added raspberries as they needed using. Again another delicious drink.

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The juicer is pretty much mess free as all the pulp goes to the pulp container and the detachable drip spout can even be turned to prevent drips.

Once juicing is finished, the whole thing simply pulls apart for very easy cleaning. The juicer and it’s parts are all circular which makes wiping and cleaning much easier.

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The fruit pulp can simply be scooped out of the container and ideally placed in one those food waste bins. The parts all separate and can be washed with soap and water. They are also dishwasher safe but I don’t own one so wash in the sink. The sieve/blade features innovative QuickClean technology, all surfaces of the sieve are smooth, which helps me wipe away the fibres with a standard kitchen sponge.

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It takes only a minute to wash all the parts and it can then be easily put back together ready to use again.

It can take quite a lot of fruit to make a glass of juice for all of us. For my children’s juice I add water to increase the volume. I enjoy using the juicer it is very compact and so easy to use as well as being very fast. It means I can now get more fruit and vegetables into my children without them even realising and I don’t need to worry about messy hard to use appliances.

This juicer can be purchased from Currys for £69.99 and more information and specifications can be viewed on the Philips website.

Nim’s Fruit Crisps

Published June 28, 2013 by Bizzimummy

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Nim’s fruit crisps began in 2010 and is the inspiration of cafe owner Nimisha Raja.
The fruit crisis provide the perfect balance between sweetness and combine two types of fruit in each packet. Providing a healthy snack for both adults and children.

Nim’s are made from fruit with no added nasties. The fruit is simply dried and cut into delicious crisps to give a lovely enhanced flavour which also provides one of your five per day (one 20g bag)
There are six different flavours to choose from and they taste really good , great for kids who won’t normally eat fruit(like my son). We were sent some bags of Nim’s to try and my kids loved them.

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To purchase Nim’s fruit crisis or to find out more visit their website today.

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