THIS WEEK – WIN THE FRIDAY DISH
We’ve got a whole bundle of fantastic products in this week’s Friday Dish, and one lucky reader will get to win the whole lot – yes, the whole kit and caboodle, worth £55. Details of how to enter are at the bottom of this post. The winning entry will receive: 1 Fill n Squeeze Pouch Filling Kit, 1 Dinner Winner tray, 1 Mr Food Face plate, 1 Fill n Squeeze Squeezee Spoon and 1 Naturelly jelly juice pouch. Four runners up will each win a Fill n Squeeze Squeezee Spoon.
The Friday Dish is now live on Periscope every Friday at 2pm UK time. I’ll be talking about and demonstrating all the products in our weekly review.
Fill n Squeeze
Baby food pouches are probably the best thing for feeding baby on-the-go since instant formula in cartons. But pouches can get expensive, have to be thrown away after one use and then, of course, the food in them isn’t fresh-that-day or as good as the kind you can make at home. That’s why we really love Fill n Squeeze – which takes the baby food pouch idea and transforms it so you can use it with your own homemade baby food, yoghurt or smoothies.
Designed by mumpreneur, Rifat Jan, who knows exactly what it’s like to go through weaning her children while still trying to carry on a busy life, the Fill n Squeeze Pouch Filling Kit means you pop your homemade baby food in the cup, attach a pouch, push the plunger and hey presto, the food is instantly and easily dispensed into the pouch. Close the cap, pop it in your baby bag and you’re ready to feed baby when the next mealtime comes. Once mealtime’s over, the pouches can be washed in hot water ready for the next use. They’re also microwave, freezer and bottle warmer safe, and are 100% Bisphenol A free.
The Pouch Filling Kit is available from the Fill n Squeeze website for £19.99 but also available in the UK at Mothercare, John Lewis, Amazon, Tesco and Argos among others, as well as internationally (check the website for stockists).
We also really love the nifty new item in the product range – the Squeezee spoon (£4.50) which attaches to most brands of baby food pouch – Ella’s Kitchen, Cow & Gate etc – to deliver an easy way of feeding. Because the spoon is attached to the pouch it means you can feed baby with one hand. What I also love about this spoon is its design means you can lay it down on a table without the spoon end coming into contact with the surface. The wide handle is easy to grip and is perfect for when your child can feed himself. The spoon is top-rack dishwasher safe too so it’s easy to keep clean. Check out the Fill n Squeeze website for more details.
I LOVE this product. I mean, really really love it. When I saw it I knew I had to have one, even though my kids are probably past the age where this would be a suitable novelty. Dinner Winner is a plate, tray and board game all in one. It’s made by the US-based company, Fred, which does the most amazing and fun household products for adults as well as kids. In fact I probably don’t have to say anything else about Dinner Winner, the photo really does tell the story doesn’t it? This would be a fantastic way of getting your kids to try new foods or encouraging them to eat their five a day. Choose your own reward for the Finish compartment: it could be fruit or yoghurt but it could just as well be a non-food item like stickers. Get one for each of your children and I could see this turning into something of a competition to be the best eater in the house. Dinner Winner is made from 100% food and dishwasher-safe melamine, but one thing to note – it’s on the small side so while it’s great for children up to the age of about five or six, it might not be suitable for older kids. You can buy Dinner Winner online from the UK distributor Magpie, priced £18.00 or on Amazon.
Mr Food Face
Also by Fred (and I don’t think this will be the last time their products make it to the Friday Dish), these plates! Introducing Mr Food Face (there’s also a Mrs Food Face by the way). How many times were we told by our parents not to play with our food? (I used to make garden paths with mashed potato with a lovely pea border). Well, these plates positively encourage our kids to get creative and do just that, creating a pea beard or spaghetti hair – or runner bean earrings. I’ve seen these in my local homeware shop but they’re also available online from the UK distributor Magpie (priced at £12.50) or £16.35 for a single plate from Amazon. A small point – they’re made from ceramic and my first plate arrived broken (I’ve sent feedback to the distributor and also to Fred), but I would love to see these in melamine or some other plastic just to make them a little more hard wearing – after all they’re likely to get a lot of use. Considering the kids will be begging you to use these day in day out they will ultimately work out to be good value and might help you cut down on the amount of food you have to throw away.
Is it a juice? Is it jelly? No, it’s Naturelly
This new product stopped me in my tracks at last week’s BBC Good Food Show – it’s not a juice, it’s not a jelly. It’s a jelly juice. Coming in a convenient pouch (See, pouches are the thing), Naturelly combines natural fruit juice with water and a vegetarian gelling agent called gellan gum. I had to look that one up on Google it was a new one on me.
I had a try – the texture is like a very soft, loose jelly – you know when you make you’re own and before it’s properly set – like that. You can see what it looks like on today’s Periscope. I’ll give you a little demo.
The thing about this jelly juice is that as well as being hydrating, the gelling agent contains dietary fibre which means it can be used as a healthy snack as well as a drink, and will keep little tummies happy till mealtime. It’s also perfect for taking along to kids’ sports activities.
Created by two brothers and dads who’d grown tired of trying to find natural and healthy snacks for their kids, Naturelly is another example of parents creating a brilliant product where they’ve identified a gap in the market.
With 7.2 g of total sugar (there’s no added sugar) in each pouch, Naturelly is a school-approved drink/snack which means you can safely put it in your child’s lunch box. It’s also approved by the vegetarian and coeliac societies.
Coming in three flavours: Summer Fruits, Apple and Blackberry and Totally Tropical, I like it because it isn’t too sweet. Although it’s designed for pre-schoolers and primary school age children, my teenage son also loved it and my daughter gave it a 8.5 out of 10 (as you know, she’s a harsh critic!). Naturelly is available at Wholefoods and a growing number of independent retailers but come January will also be stocked in Boots. Or you can buy from the Naturelly website – £8.40 for 12 100g pouches or £16.80 for 24 (plus £6.60 postage).
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