Aug 172013
 

Whole Kids

As you can imagine getting four little ones ready on school days is quite a challenge, even for organised people like me. The twins still need some help getting dressed (so do the two youngest ones of course) and then there is breakfast and lunch to be made and backpacks to be packed. From the start I have been really strict on what sort of snack food they take to school and luckily my kids really enjoy fruit and vegetables. In saying that they like a bit of variety too and it would be so easy to fall into the trap of unhealthy treats…

Whole Kids Apple JuiceSugary bars, chocolate biscuits, salty crisps or lollies in chemical colours, when it comes to convenient, individually packaged foods parents are bombarded with snacks that are far from nutritious. Melbourne parents James and Monica discovered that even so called ‘healthy’ products were full of added (unnecessary and harmful) colours, flavours, preservatives and other nasties so they decided to start a new movement in Australia and create kids snacks that are 100% wholesome.

Whole Kids Fruit BarsThe Whole Kids range offers a yummy selection of kids food that is 100% organic, filled with delicious fruit and fresh vegetables, tasty cereals and corn and absolutely nothing else. Nutritionists, dieticians, mums and of course kids all gave Whole Kids the thumbs up as being healthy and tasty and there is more. The food is conveniently packaged, lunchbox friendly (does not need refridgerating), easy to handle for little hands and comes in child appropriate sizes, it is simply the ideal choice for kids schoolbags.

Frooshies Fruit & VegetableWhole Kids Frooshies are the perfect example of what Whole Kids is all about. These convenient squeezy pouches are filled with fruit, fruit and vegies or fruit and cereal. From strawberry to mango, from beetroot to carrot and even rice flakes and quinoa (a real super food!), Frooshies are full of natural goodness. It’s 100% real, high quality food without any junk added to it, only the best is good enough for our precious kids!

Frooshies Fruit & CerealOn top of the dietary peace of mind there is another nice bonus, Frooshies pouches are virtually mess free so they’re perfect for on the go. No wiping sticky hands or finding a bin for that banana peel or apple core, just screw the lid back on and pop back in your bag. My kids think these are so yummy and after trying one myself I have to agree. When summer comes around you can also freeze them so they make a refreshing lunchtime snack. 

When you buy Whole Kids you are not only looking after the health of your children, you are also supporting a small Australian family business and your purchase helps them get bigger and better so that more families will be able to ditch the junk and go for 100% real food.

To find out more about Whole Kids, to take a closer look at the range and to order online visit www.wholekids.com.au.

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Aug 122013
 

Vital Greens

While our kids are usually very good and healthy eaters at times they could really use something extra to support their growing bodies. Especially now that they are at kindy there is so much exploring, running, climbing and of course learning to be done that I sometimes wonder if they are really getting all they need to keep up. Just like grownups kids can now enjoy a welcome nutritional boost using the newest member of the Vital Greens family: Vital Kids.

Vital Kids

Vital Kids is specifically created for children aged 5-12 and just like its older sibling it is chock-a-block full of nutrients, 56 of them to be precise. From healthy green vegetables to important vitamins and minerals, from fibres to good bacteria, from omega’s to calcium and much more, Vital Kids has got every aspect of your child’s body covered. With no sugar or anything artificial added it is a healthy and complete way to compliment your child’s everyday diet.

Vital Kids 300g ($59.95)

Vital Kids 300g ($59.95)

Vital Kids comes in powder form, just add one heaped teaspoon to a glass of water, juice or milk and turn it into a shake or you can even add it a bowl of cereal of yoghurt and create a smoothie. While the powder has a green colour (showing off the vegie content!) it actually tastes like berries, a flavour that is appealing to most children. 

56 Nutrients in a cup

56 Nutrients in a cup

Of course our twins are like chalk and cheese so one enjoys the quick milk shake option while the other prefers her daily dose mixed in with in a bowl of yoghurt and fresh fruit. It’s easy to shake or make and so nice to know they’re getting an extra boost to help them keep up with their active lifestyle.

Vital Kids is gluten free, dairy free, wheat free, lactose free, yeast free, egg free and free from artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners so it fits most diets. One tub of Vital Kids (300g) costs $59.95 which lasts ca. 60 days (1x heaped teaspoon a 5g per day).

To find out more about Vital Greens, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.vitalgreens.com.au.

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Jan 312013
 

Vegie Smugglers

As the kids go back to school for many mums it means back to work and back to juggling school and sports pick ups and drop offs, the household and of course cooking. Isn’t it amazing how ravenously hungry kids are after a busy day at school? Vegie Smugglers offers a helping hand in creating healthy, tasty meals with lots of ‘hidden’ goodness that get the thumbs up from the whole family.

Vegie Smugglers Cookbook 1 and 2

Vegie Smugglers Cookbook 1 and 2

The new Vegie Smugglers 2 Cookbook ($29.95) contains 60 refreshing dinner recipes on 160 full colour pages. Just like the first Vegie Smugglers cookbook it is full of easy, tasty recipes that will help you feed your children a healthy dose of vegetables without them knowing. If your children are always fussing about eating their greens this is the book for you!

Pumpkin, Corn and Lentil Soup (Click for full recipe)

Pumpkin, Corn and Lentil Soup (Click for full recipe)

A real big bonus of the Vegie Smugglers recipes is that most meals are suitable for all family members from young to old (sometimes with a slight change). Add to that the handy tips for freezing, storage and preparation and you can see why this is a must-have book for every family kitchen.

To find out more about Vegie Smugglers, to take a peek at some of the recipes and to order online visit www.vegiesmugglers.com.au.

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Dec 292012
 

A few weeks ago we met up with Aunty Rozzy for Sunday Coffee and talked about her latest adventures and new products. If a healthy family diet is one of your New Year resolutions and you want to give the kids a push in the right direction you’ll love our latest giveaway:

In the latest Aunty Rozzy DVD It’s Yummy Tummy DVD ($19.95) you can see Aunty Rozzy herself dance and sing accompanied by her animal friends Harriette the Rabbit and Perry the Parrot. As you can expect from Aunty Rozzy the songs are catchy and of course educational too. Broccoli, mango and courgettes are just a few of the healthy foods passing the revue, lollies or chocolate are not on the menu!

The new DVD contains 11 songs in different music styles and although the set-up is simple Aunty Rozzy had our 2-year old intrigued in no time. The lyrics and images were easy for her to understand/recognise and as many of the lines are being repeated the songs were easy to remember too. Over all a fun and healthy addition to the DVD cupboard.

To find out more about Aunty Rozzy, to browse the range and to order online visit www.auntyrozzy.com.

For your chance to win a copy of Aunty Rozzy’s latest DVD It’s Yummy Tummy Time! visit www.auntyrozzy.com and answer the following question: Which song from the It’s Yummy Tummy Time! DVD do you think your child will like most?

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Nov 252012
 

About a year ago I wrote about Aunty Rozzy and her mission to educate young children about healthy food through music and fun. It has been a busy year for me but it looks like Aunty Rozzy has been very busy too, so I thought it was time for a little catch up and a chat about her latest product (stay tuned for a giveaway soon). Meet Aunty Rozzy:

What does your ideal Sunday look like?
Sleep in. Enjoy a cooked breakfast of fresh orange juice, poached eggs together with spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes with my husband at home. Lounge around and catch up with hubbie and papers, followed by a skinny latte a bit later in the day at my favourite cafe across the road. Then a good, long walk along the beach or a bike ride. Light supper for dinner and off to bed early!

Why did you start Aunty Rozzy?
It kind of evolved. I originally thought I was making a CD for kids. I’d finally embraced the idea and determined to get started when I was at my parent’s place for dinner together with one of my sisters. When my mother placed chicken broth in front of Charlie – he stated that he didn’t like carrots. I told him that I realized the problem was that he thought they were his Mum’s carrots where as these were Nanna’s carrots, and they would be perfectly fine! Four at the time, he bought the story and ate his soup. Fast-forward a couple of months and it’s the same meal and Charlie again explains very politely to my mother that he doesn’t eat carrots. My father chirps up and says these are Nanna’s Carrots – you’ll be fine… and I thought – great name for a song! I went home and wrote the first song: Nanna’s Carrots.

Shortly after that, life took me to live in the UK and then NY where I was shocked to see the state of childhood obesity. Greatly concerned about childhood obesity and knowing that music was such a great vehicle for getting a message across, I decided to continue creating songs around food. Little did I realise that Australia was heading down the same route.

Next, a colleague heard the song and thought it would make a great book, hence the book and CD sets of “Nanna’s Carrots” and “The Incredible Edible Alphabet”. My heart and intention was always to have a CD and DVD and finally – “It’s Yummy Tummy Time!” in both versions. Its great to see the impact these songs and books are having on kids. So much positive feed back that their children are insisting on putting a carrot into their lunch boxes!

Where do you draw your inspiration from for new Aunty Rozzy products?
Music is my first passion followed closely by food. The products come from both those inspirations. Although kids really embrace music at a very early age, they all still learn through different senses. Therefore the range of CD, DVD and Book and CD sets combined with live shows has been developed.

What is (currently) your most popular Aunty Rozzy product?
That’s got to be the DVD “Its Yummy Tummy Time!”

What can we expect of Aunty Rozzy in the future?
At the macro level – we’re hoping to get to TV! At the more immediate level, we are excited about making further headway into the Early Learning Sector with our Aunty Rozzy Live Shows for Preschools and Birthday Parties. With Aunty Rozzy currently relocating from Melbourne to Sydney, the shows will continue in Melbourne and get started in Sydney. Watch this space!

To learn more about Aunty Rozzy, to browse the range and to order online visit www.auntyrozzy.com.

Oct 212011
 

You might remember that back in July I attended the Bloggers Brunch in Melbourne. It’s good I had a great time because it was a long trip to make. On the way to Melbourne we drove during the night, so at least the kids and I got a little bit of sleep but I wasn’t really looking forward to the long journey back. Thankfully I received a fun Bloggers Brunch present that made the trip home a whole lot more pleasant: a Nanna’s Carrots Book & CD set by Aunty Rozzy.

Behind Aunty Rozzy hides a talented Australian musician and educator called Ros, and although I have never met ‘Aunty Rozzy’ myself I sort of feel I know her which is exactly the concept of Nanna’s Carrots. The book was developed to encourage children to eat their vegies, something many mums struggle with. By turning ordinary carrots into special ‘nanna’s’ carrots they become a lot nicer to eat! Kids just love the sound of someone called nanna or aunty.

The second book in the series, The Incredible Edible Alphabet, teaches the alphabet using colourful illustrations of different foods. The Aunty Rozzy books do not only educate kids about healthy eating, they also improve their reading/language skills. Magnificent mangoes, perfect peaches, luscious lemons, there is a lot more to these books than you think. In the ‘Spinach’ illustration alone you will find atleast 6 other S words to discuss!

Each Aunty Rozzy book is accompanied by a CD which contains a catchy sing-along song, an audio version of the book (read by Aunty Rozzy herself) and an instrumental karaoke track so your kids can sing to the tune (you’ll even find yourself humming along!). For a taste of what to expect you can listen to the Nanna’s Carrots song and The Incredible Edible Alphabet song on the Aunty Rozzy Website. A third book called The Family Tree of the Broccoli is in the making.

Aside from the awesome books and great songs Aunty Rozzy has thought of many more ways to improve the eating habits of Australian children. The website is a great place to visit together with your children, they will love the video’s, games and activities and you can come back regularly to browse the ever growing list of healthy recipes to make for and with your kids. Awesome Apple Chips, Stunning Spinach Frittata, there is plenty of choice even for fussy eaters.

To learn more about Aunty Rozzy, to check out the different books ($14.95-$29.95) and to order online visit www.auntyrozzy.com. Postage within Australia is just $4.95 per order.

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