Review: Plum Mighty 4 Snack Pouches

As H&C get older and more active it becomes more and more difficult to get food down their throats when we’re out and about, especially if there are no high chairs to hand to physically restrain them.  There have been ham sandwiches smeared up walls, incredibly well fed dogs and adults running around chasing toddlers with loaded spoons.  I’m sure these all sound familiar and you’ll be pleased to know there is a solution – pouches!

With most meal pouches, as soon as tots become old enough to hold them and feed themselves they’re supposed to move on to the next stage.  The problem being that the next stage isn’t quite so convenient and definitely requires attention from both adults and toddlers to be eaten, not to mention a highchair and a spoon.  That’s a little too much of an event for us so, when we’re on the move and since that’s the only time H&C really get pouches, we’ve stuck to the stage 2 and even stage 1 fruit pouches.

Until the lovelies at Plum sent us some Mighty 4 pouches to review anyway.

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Mighty 4 pouches are aimed specifically at tots aged 1-3 so they’re PERFECT for my independent little ladies and since they come in a range of 3 different yogurty flavours they’re yummy enough to hold their attention right until the very last drop and beyond.  H can often be seen running around still desperately trying to sook out the dregs of a pouch long after it’s been finished.

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The flavours are a bit… on the inventive side but the Peas seem to love them so someone in the Plum kitchen definitely knows what they’re doing!!  There’s a strawberry, kale & amaranth one, a sweet potato, blueberry & millet one and a purple carrot, blackberry & quinoa one.  All of them are mixed with greek style yoghurt and because they’re Plum you can be certain that all the ingredients, in whatever seemingly bizarre combination, will be 100% organic.  And, of course, each pouch counts as 1 of your active toddlers 5 a day.

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I know, these aren’t Mighty 4 pouches but they are Plum at least and I just LOVE this photo so I thought I’d pop it in instead of the beach one that I tried and failed to get!

For anyone wondering (because I certainly was!) amaranth is a grain which is rich in calcium, magnesium and iron which are all important to little growing bones and active brains.

*Plum very kindly sent us some Mighty 4 for the purposes of this review however all thoughts and opinions are our own*

Review: Plum’s Little Yums!

Plum very kindly got in touch to see if we would like to review some of their new range of teething biscuits!  We love a biscuit in this house so of course we jumped at the chance.  If you’re not familiar with Plum, they’re a UK based company who specialise in yummy organic baby & toddler foods whether it be pouches or yoghurts or snacks they’ve got something to fit the bill.

Little Yums come in 2 flavours, Pumpkin & Banana and Spinach, Apple & Kale and both went down a storm with H&C.  Unlike most teething biscuits these aren’t hard biscuits, instead they’re wafers made from buckwheat (along with other yummy fruits and veggies snuck in for good measure) so they provide just the right about of bite but are soft enough that the whole thing will get eaten before it’s forgotten about / mashed into the carpet / fed to the dog.  The other bonus of this is that they don’t turn to mush and end up all over your trousers or welded into your little ones hair!!

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A big bonus for us was that the flavours weren’t too appetising for us parents therefore H&C’s supply didn’t suffer the usual mid evening snack raid!!

Each little packet comes with 3 biscuits but each biscuit can be further split into 2 which gives a lot of control over portions and means that you can eek out one little pack for a good couple of days.  With 6 packs in a box and a box only costing £2.50 (at Tesco) I reckon that’s pretty good value for money, especially when you consider that the ingredients are all organic!

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It would be good if the little packets were resealable or if there was an option to buy a little travel container with your first box but other than that these were a definite winner in our house!!

*Plum very kindly sent us 2 boxes of Little Yums for the purposes of this review however all thoughts and opinions are our own*

Weaning Recipe: Fruity Custard

As I mentioned before I’m really not one for cooking, I get bored if anything takes too long or uses too many utensils so this is another recipe that I absolutely love.

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My phone deleted the yummy looking picture I snapped just after I’d cooked these so instead you have a rapidly scrambled from the freezer for the sole purposes of this post snap. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • Custard powder
  • Full fat milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Raisins
  • Apples

Method

Chop up your apples into sizes which your little monster can cope with (or not if you plan to whizz it up into a puree instead) and slowly stew in a pot with some cinnamon and raisins.  Once the raisins have all puffed up put this mix aside and make up some custard according to the guidelines on the tub.  My advice is to make the custard quite thick as anything too runny will just be a disaster zone when it comes to feeding time!  I speak from experience.  Once you’ve got your custard made half fill your little tubs with the apple and raisin mix, top off with custard and whack it in the freezer.

I’ve also made this with dried fruit instead of raisins, pears instead of apples and dried cranberries and blueberries.  Sometimes I’ll add a bit of nutmeg to mix it up a bit.  Our next revision will be somewhat festive with different spices, oranges and berries.  I might have some myself!

What puddings do your little ones love?

Weaning Recipe: Lamb Hotpot

You may have spotted my picture on Instagram of the slow cooked lamb hotpot which I was preparing for H & C (much to G’s disappointment!).  Well it went down a STORM so I decided to share the recipe.  This made about 4 ice cube trays worth, we use 2 cubes per meal mixed with some veggies which we have frozen in bigger 4oz tubs.  Last night’s veg of choice was parsnip.  Yummers.

Ingredients

  • 2 x Lamb Steaks (though you could probably use any cut)
  • 2 x Leeks
  • 4 x Carrots
  • 2 x Mandarins
  • A sprinkling of Herbs de Province
  • Water to cover

Method

I’m not known for my love of cooking so this was ideal.  Bung it all into a casserole dish or slow cooker and cook on low for aaaaaaaaages then blend to your desired consistency before your husband eats it all.  Job done!

Budding Foodies – Month 1

Weaning is fun, messy and exciting and we’re loving it so far. When our Health Visitor asked if we would be doing Baby Led Weaning I’d never heard of it and was quick to poo-poo the idea. Turns out there are a number of different interpretations of the term but, either way, we’re sticking with traditional weaning over here. Although H & C are more than ready for food in terms of appetite and interest, they’re lacking the motor skills to pick food up and get it into their gobs at the moment. Once we have better hand-eye co-ordination we’ll get stuck into the finger food but for the moment they’re content to throw about a crust of mummy’s toast after their mashed up banana breakfast. If they don’t get their allocation my mealtimes become very disconcerting. The room goes silent and my audience throw me extreme daggers so it’s best all round for everyone if I share. A concept that Daddy is rebelling against.

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Finger food will, I hope, be invaluable for us. We already have food rage when it’s not being shovelled in fast enough so I dread to think what it’ll be like once they’re actually relying on the food to fill their tummies! I’m hoping that, by giving each of the girls some finger food in addition to their actual meal, they’ll be encouraged to feed themselves when the spoon isn’t headed in their direction. I’m also hoping that we can phase out the purees and spoon feeding and move onto a more baby led direction as they get better with their hands.

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To clarify, when I talk about baby led weaning I’m just talking about H & C learning to feed themselves. I’m not talking about giving them a smorgasbord of different options and allowing them to pick and choose. Despite what the advocates say I really can’t see how this discourages fussy eating…

So far, H & C have loved pretty much everything I’ve given them. Apple is the only thing they’ve turned their nose up at so far and it was early days so we’re going to try again this week. I’ve bought a different type of apple and I’m going to peel the skins this time as I think leaving the skins on made them taste too bitter.

I bought some silicon ice trays from IKEA (the long ones made for water bottles if you’re interested) and have been periodically cooking up batches of different purees and mashes, freezing them and popping them out into labelled food bags for storage. When it comes to meal times I pick 2 different sticks of food and ding them for 30 seconds to defrost before serving it up. It’s working a treat and allows us to experiment with different flavour and texture combinations. We’re loving the Tommee Tippee feeding equipment, the spoons are nice and shallow and they’re super cheap at the moment in Aldi (we’re talking 1/3 the price they are in Tesco!). You can check out what we’re eating on the What’s Hot and What’s Not page.

I’ve also bought some little feeder pouches which we’ve used a couple of times. I picked ours up from ASDA for a couple of pounds each however I have since discovered that you can get a silicon version on Amazon which I would go for instead as the mesh is the devil’s work to keep clean (which is, admittedly, part of the reason we’ve only used them a couple of times). These will be great for self feeding on the go when it’s just not practical to let the girls go to town on a banana. They’re also great if you’re nervous about choking (*ahem* grandma) as only bits that fit through the mesh will make it into your little tykes chomper.

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It’s been fun watching the differences between how H & C have adapted to the whole eating thing. H has mastered the big wide mouth when a spoon approaches but is still working on then moving the food to the back of her mouth to be swallowed whereas C is still to work out that she needs to open her mouth to let the food in but once it’s in there she’s a dab hand at getting it down the hatch.

On the downside, it appears it is possible to simultaneously worry about whether you’re feeding your little one too much and too little at the same time. Who knew? Are they getting enough milk, are they having too much actual food? How much should they be eating and when? It’s a whole new minefield for mummy worry.

One thing I would like to know though, why are all bibs white and all the ‘recommended’ first foods orange?? All the stains. Any and all tips welcome!!

Next month: lumps and bumps and finger food!