Monday, November 11, 2013

Santa's wish list - the countdown begins

As November rushes by, we're starting to feel a bit festive.
We're not bringing out the Christmas decorations just yet, but the not-so-little-anymore kids in the family well and truly know the countdown is on.
November is always a fun month I find.
The weather is getting more summary by the day, mangos are coming into season, and my birthday is looming as well.
My last few birthdays haven't been that flash, so I'm looking foward to doing a bit more celebrating this year.
And thanks to my lovely supporters, I want to share the love with my followers, by running as many giveaways as possible in the lead-up to birthday time and Christmas.
I'm kicking it off with a fabulous prize from Whole Kids Certified Organic, a delicious range of snack foods for kids.
With the party season on its way, it's nice to be able to offer kids a selection of additive-free, allergen-friendly snack foods that don't contain any nasties.
The products have been developed in consultation with more than 300 parents, as well as dieticians from Melbourne's Royal Children Hospital, to ensure the snacks aren't just good for you, but are yummy too.
No one wins when you try to feed the kids with healthy foods but they just don't appeal to their taste buds!
The official spiel is that the Whole Kids range of organic corn chips, popcorn, sultanas, fruit bars and juice is GMO free. There are no artifical colours, flavours, preservatives, synthetic pesticides or herbicides.
Oh and they are packaged in FSA-accredited BPA-free packaging too.
What matters to my kids is that they are delicious!
We were sent a selection of the range to try, and the kids raved over them.
It was nice to put something in their lunchboxes as a bit of a treat, without worrying about any of the usual allergy and preservative triggers at school.
Chase, 12, and Harmonie, 10 particularly loved the organic corn chips, and popcorn, which they said tasted fresher and lighter than the usual brands we eat. (The corn chips are made with organic wholegrain stoneground corn and cooked in organic non-hydrogenated vegetable oil! And the popcorn is air-popped to retain the corn's fibre. They particularly loved the Manuka Honey popcorn)
The fruit bars were a hit too, and nut-allergic Chase was relieved to see that for a change these snack bars were not "produced in a factory that also manufactures products containing nuts". (Which rules out a lot of popular snacks for him.)
No, the Whole Kids snack bars are cooked in a nut-free bakery and are oven-baked, not fried.
The Whole Kids Organic Juice was yummy too, as were the Frooshie fruit smoothies, which were shared with the kids next door. These contain organic fruit and vegies, honey, wholegrain quinoa and rice flakes, with no added sugar. Perfect for lunchboxes or snacks on the go. The only thing the kids didn't like about the Frooshies is that they all had banana in them ... and that's not their favourite fruit.
Oh and there are sultanas, and apricot and sultana packs too. What kid doesn't love those? (As long as they don't shove them up their nose like Chases did at pre-school when he was a tot. Queue, one more visit to the hospital ER ...)
I'm sure your children wouldn't possibly do anything like that!
To win one of three $60 Whole Kids Certified Organic goodie packs, make sure you're a liker of my Facebook page. Then, leave a comment below sharing your favourite kiddie lunchbox snack as a child, or tell me the funniest thing your child has ever done with food.
Entries close at 5pm on Monday, November 18.


Char said...

I knew it was getting close to Christmas on Saturday when I smelled all the stone fruit at the market. I love that smell but I hate that I'm so unprepared.

In The Good Books Blog said...

We once got an ant infestation as a result of my daughter smuggling cold spaghetti bolognese in her room to 'feed' to her dolls!

Unknown said...

Oh, my daughter loves cold spaghetti bog. too and used to smuggle it into her room. How funny. Char, I love the stone fruit as well, especially cherries!

Elise @ mummyheartsmoney said...

Miss 2 loves to play with her food, and I mean literally play. She will engage in the same game with a cheese stick as she would with a barbie doll, and I hear them talking to one another (she and the cheese stick) before she eventually eats it and gives the celery stick a chance to talk!

Unknown said...

When I was little I always loved whenever I opened up my lunchbox and saw anything my Mum had baked. Pikelets and Marshmellow Shortcake were particular favourite baking goods (and still are).

sapna said...

My son is a very fussy eater and hates to eat his vegetables.When he was 5 years old we started a veggie patch to keep him interested in home grown vegetables. when new plants started growing in the veggie patch ,suddenly to our surprise vegetables started to disappear from his plate in no time.We were very happy that he has started eating them. After few weeks he spotted few vegetables on the plants & he ran to his dad and said " look dad look, I fed them healthy vegetables from my plate for so many days & now the plants are strong enough to have their own vegetables.Like kids plants also need vegetables to grow you know". His dad checked and the area below the mulch was full of cooked vegetables and have invited so many other insects to eat them. We were not able to stop laughing at the thinking of a five year old boy who hates to eat vegetables but love to see them grow.