We always eat yummy food – JD, 6
It’s been a busy month for A Mummy Too as we’ve been taste testing a whole host of new and well-loved foods. Here are our top picks for March, presented in what will be a regular monthly feature, ‘A Mummy Too’s Foodie Picks’.
Honestly Good Olive Oil
If you’d like your little ones to benefit from the goodness of olive oil but find they dislike the taste, check out Honestly Good Little Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Normal olive oil has a pleasant but relatively strong flavour and, I’ve learned, high acidity (0.8). This one from Honestly Good has a milder taste, specifically designed for kids. They use organic olive, but let the fruit ripen for a couple more months before they harvest it, resulting in a lower acidity (0.1) and milder taste. Clever, eh?
Mars Hot Chocolate Range
I’m pretty much addicted to Galaxy Caramel Hot Chocolate at the moment, which is velvety and gorgeous when stirred into hot milk.
It’s also worth tracking down a pouch of the Mars hot or cold, Galaxy hot or cold, Milky Way Magic Stars with chocolate pieces, Galaxy Ripple with chocolate pieces, or Maltesers add milk or water. Each pouch contains seven servings and costs £1.99.
Cambrook caramelised nuts
Over Christmas, we got through several packs of the exceptionally tasty and moreish caramelised nuts from Cambrook.
The slightly salty, sweet golden glaze of sugar and honey on packs of cashews, sesame peanuts, macadamias and mixed nuts makes these pouches just perfect for parties or nibbling in the evening with a glass of wine. Grab an 80g bag for £1.79 from Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Wholefoods.
As a long term IBS sufferer, I’ve been trialling a tablespoon of silicol gel before meals. It contains silicic acid to help treat heartburn, reflux, nausea and other symptoms of gastrointestinal disturbance by creating a protective lining in the stomach and intestine. It doesn’t taste hugely pleasant, but can be taken with water and does seem to help reduce discomfort.
silicol gel is available at Holland & Barrett and independent health food stores nationwide priced £8.29 (200ml) and £18.49 (500ml).
You might have spotted Clover’s three new Additions spreads, which launched late last year and offers a little extra boost to help you and your family stay healthy.
‘Daily Boost’ contains added Vitamin A to aid iron absorption from food; B vitamins to help turn food into energy and Vitamin D to supports healthy teeth and bones, ‘Immunity Support’ contains added Vitamin A, Folic Acid, and Vitamin E to help support a healthy immune system and protect the body’s cells from oxidative stress, and ‘Strong Bones’ contains added Vitamin D and Calcium to assist in building and maintaining healthy bones.
All three members of the new Clover Additions range contain 70% less saturated fat than butter and are made with naturally low fat buttermilk, skimmed from the churn.
Anyone who’s received an email from me at 3am or seen me update Facebook as dawn is breaking will know that I, like many busy people, sometimes find it very challenging to switch off. As such, I’ve been trying a spoonful of Zenbev stirred into warm soya milk before bed.
Zenbev is made from tryptophan sourced from pumpkinseeds, as well as natural B vitamins, combined to stimulate the melatonin production required for your brain to achieve a natural, healthy sleep. It’s a powdery formula, but as long as your drink it well stirred, it’s not unpleasant to drink – with milk it’s not unlike Horlicks.
I can’t say Zenbev made a dramatic difference to my sleep patterns thus far, but following a routine that promotes sleep does, in itself, seem to help, so I am genuinely finding it a little easier to wind down – it’s certainly preferable over a caffeine loaded cup of tea.
You can order a 250g tub for yourself priced at £25.99 from the Zenbev website.
Innovent Veg Pots
Although I prefer to cook from scratch, there are days when I just don’t have time and on those days, I desperately try to get away from the terrible habit of grabbing an excessively cheesey panini or buttery pastry – they’re hardly vitamin rich solutions! Innocent Veg Pots are done in the microwave in four minutes, contain three of your five a day and are relatively low in fat (the one pictured contains around 10g). They’re also vegetarian, packed with vitamins and, above all, taste really, really good.
At around £2 per pot from most supermarkets, they’re not the cheapest lunchtime solution, but if it’s that or an overpriced grilled sandwich containing over 30g of fat, I know which one I’ll be choosing!
Bassetts Soft and Chewy vitamins for kids
There’s ongoing debate about whether children need to take multivitamins – the official advice seems to change all the time – but we figure it can’t hurt to boost the kids’ essential vitamin intake, so JD has one of these juicy tasting, chewy sweets containing Vitamins ABCD&E every day.
Pick Bassetts Soft & Chewy up in the pharmacy for around £2 a pack. At the moment, each pack purchase will also entitle you to a free session at participating soft play centres – bargain!
Yutaka Sushi Kit for Two
Having never really made sushi from scratch before, Mark and I enjoyed trying out this Yutaka’s Sushi Kit for 2 over Valentine’s Day.
The kit contains a rolling mat as well as a nori seaweed sheet, ginger, sushi rice, sushi vinegar, soy sauce and wasabi paste – you just add the fillings of your choice. I do think it’s a shame the pack doesn’t contain chop sticks, but other than that I think it’s a brilliant little starter kit and a great way to experiment with Japanese cuisine together.
Yutaka’s Sushi Kit for 2 is available for £4.99 from Sainsbury’s.
Greek Gods Yoghurt
If you like exceptionally smooth, indulgent tasting Greek-style yoghurt, then I recommend The Greek Gods range. It’s thick and creamy and the flavours (Honey, Honey and Clementine, Honey and Walnut, and Honey and Vanilla) are subtle and natural tasting.
The range is available at Sainsbury’s, Whole Foods and Harrods, priced at £1.99 for the 450g Honey variety and 99p for the individual 175g Honey, Honey and Vanilla, Honey and Clementine and Honey and Walnut varieties.
Konjac Slendier Noodles
If you’ve tried zero calorie pastas before, you’ll know that some of them have a pretty unpleasant, overly plasticky texture. If you’d like to enjoy pasta without the high carb content, I recommend trying out Slendier’s ‘konjac pasta’, which contains just 8 calories per 100g (compared with 300 calories per 100g of typical cooked pasta) yet unlike some other brands, it has a very palatable texture and leaves you feeling as full up as if you’d had a big plate of carbs.
Slendier pasta is available from Ocado and some health stores and comes in five different formats, all of which are organic – angel hair, fettuccine, rice, spaghetti and noodles – priced at around £2.25 per pack.
Vivesoy soya milk
I’ve been drinking soya milk for over ten years now and Vivesoy is one of the newer brands on the market. The vanilla flavour contains artificial sweetener, which is a shame, but the standard sweetened version is really rather tasty, vegan, naturally low in calories and contains added Omegas 3 and 6 as well as Vitamin A and D.
Vivesoy drinks are available from Tesco in Chocolate, Vanilla, Cappuccino, Original, Unsweetened and Light cartons from £1.25 per litre pack. Try it out if you’re bored with your current soya milk, or fancy a break from cow’s milk.
If you haven’t tried a slice of Higgidy yet, you’re missing out. These little quiches and pies are above average supermarket fodder, coming in a range of impressively delicious flavours with an all butter pastry crust. My favourite is the Balsamic Onion & Mature Cheddar Quiche, which can be eaten cold straight from the pack, or warmed in the oven. I’d recommend grabbing these for your next picnic.
Higgidy is stocked at Sainsbury’s, Booths and Ocado from around £3.79
Kankun Chipotle Mild Chilli Sauce
We are big fans of chilli in our house, and KANKUN‘s range of authentic Mexican sauces is wonderful. Free of gluten and additives, suitable for vegetarians and bursting with flavour, the range comprises ‘Chipotle Hot’, an earthy, medium hot smoky sauce, ‘Chipotle Mild’, a milder variety of the hot sauce, ‘Marinade Sauce’, a smoky medium heat marinade for meat and veg, and ‘Habanero’, an 85% pure habanero chilli sauce for extreme heat lovers.
Pick up a bottle from Amazon or MexGrocer.co.uk from £2.99.
With…Chocolate truffle bars
With…Chocolate is a small family run chocolate company based in the Vale of Belvoir. I met Jerome and Katy at a food market recently and, after trying a couple of samples, ended up buying no fewer than six of their truffle bars. The whole range is handmade and genuinely delicious. My favourite is the Banoffee Pie flavour, which won a Great Taste award not so long ago. Pick a bar up for £1.99 from their online shop.
Divo Vegetarian Grated Italian Hard Cheese by Aldo Zilli
If you’re vegetarian, you’ll know that it’s actually pretty hard to find a good quality hard cheese that can be used as a substitute for Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano, without compromising on taste.
Divo Vegetarian Grated Italian Hard Cheese by Aldo Zilli is made using 100% vegetarian rennet and Italian milk, and is the best tasting alternative to animal rennet hard cheeses I’ve come across. The cheese is produced in an old monastery farm in the Lombardy region of Italy using hard pressed Italian cheese making techniques, and it has a sweet and buttery flavour that is perfect for pasta.
Grab it from Morrisons and online at Ocado for £1.85 for an 80g pack.
That’s it for this month, come back next month for another round of foodie picks, and let me know in the comments what’s been tantalising your tastebuds this month.
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