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Pouch Comparison May 26 2017, 0 Comments

I have just got back from The Baby Show at The NEC and I must have explained why Nom Nom Kids pouches are the best on the market hundreds of times to everyone that dropped by our stand but I don't think I say it enough here....so here goes:

The main difference between our pouches and others is the super wide side opening. Our 140ml Animal pouch has an opening wider than any other on the market and our 200ml Monster pouch is even wider so they are really easy to get food into them. I'm not even mentioning the ones where you have to squeeze food in through the spout!

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No fancy equipment is required to fill our pouches - just use a spoon or pour straight from the blender. Easy!

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The gusset on the other side combined with the super wide opening helps with filling and cleaning. When filling it allows the pouch to stand up making it really easy to fill. When cleaning it allows the whole pouch to be accessed and keeps it open in the dishwasher. You can see if the pouch isn't clean really easily.

Many of the bottom fill pouches do not stay open in the dishwasher and the thinner ones even fold over so no water is getting into them at all.

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Most of the pouches on the market are a pain to get dry after washing. The pouch does not stay open so air can't circulate. Ours do! I love this Boon inc Patch to dry ours on but you can pop them in your drying rack or hang them over your kitchen utensils or knives.

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Beware of pouch companies telling you how much their pouches hold. As a developer it's very hard to know how much your pouch will hold until your final production arrives so many sellers are making false claims. Ours hold exactly the amount that we claim.

I hope you agree that our reusable pouches are great. If you don't, just get in touch and tell me why. Our customer's satisfaction is the most important thing and we will do everything we can to ensure that you are happy.

We also have a 40 use guarantee.

Check out our products here

Suzanne@nomnomkids.co.uk

 


Nutribullet Baby Giveaway 2017 May 15 2017, 0 Comments

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We have 1 of these amazing Nutribullet Baby blenders to giveaway to 1 lucky person along with a selection of reusable food pouches and reusable snack bags so you can make lovely baby food and toddler smoothies to feed your little one whilst on the go!

There will also be a runner up prize of the pouches and snack bags only!

There are 4 ways to enter (you can do all 4 to increase your chance of winning!)

Facebook
-LIKE our nomnomkids page. 
-LIKE the competition post. 
-COMMENT on this post so I can see that you've entered.

We would love a share or it would be great if you tag some friends so they can enter too. After all, sharing is caring.

Twitter
-FOLLOW @nomnomkidsgo,
-RETWEET one of the competition tweets - ensure to comment with the hashtag #nomnomkids so I can be sure to find your tweet and add you to the draw at the end!

Instagram
-FOLLOW @nomnomkids,

-Like the competition post
-comment on the giveaway post and tag 2 friends

If you share and  re-gram our post I will enter you twice!

Enter at The Baby Show

Sign up at The Baby Show at our stand C81 

T's&C's:

Competition ends midnight Monday 22nd May
Mainland UK entry only (due to guarantees) but any overseas entries will be added to a runner up prize draw.
1 winner will be picked at random from entries on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram combined. 1 runner up will then by picked. The winners will be announced on Tuesday 23rd May and posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The winners will be tagged or a reply made on their comment. If the winner is from the sign up sheets at The Baby Show (Cotswolds or NEC) we will e-mail the winner. Please look at our pages/accounts to check. Winners must reply within 24 hours to claim their prizes.
By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Facebook, Twitter & Instagram from any claims.
This prize draw is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Promoter: Nom Nom Kids

 

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Check out our products whilst you are here! Click below images...


The Baby Show tickets May 04 2017, 0 Comments

It's 2 weeks to go until The Baby Show at the NEC. It's the first time that we have attended and it's a huge step for us! To celebrate we have 2 tickets available to giveaway to 1 lucky winner. 

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There are 3 ways to enter (you can do all 3 to increase your chance of winning!)

Facebook
-LIKE our nomnomkids page, 
-LIKE the competition post 
-COMMENT on this post to let me know who you will take with you.

Twitter
-FOLLOW @nomnomkidsgo,
-RETWEET one of the competition tweets - ensure to comment with the hashtags #NomNomKids  AND mention ho you will take to The Baby Show if you win

Instagram
-FOLLOW @nomnomkids,
-Like the Giveaway post 
-comment on the giveaway post and let me know who you will take with you.

T's&C's:

Competition ends midnight Monday 8th May.
Mainland UK entry
1 winner will be picked at random from entries on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 1 winner gets both tickets - if they only want 1 then the 2nd ticket will be offered to another winner. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 8th March and posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The winner will be tagged or a reply made on their comment. Please look at our pages/accounts to check. The winner must reply within 24 hours to claim their prize.
By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Facebook, Twitter & Instagram from any claims.
This prize draw is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Promoter: Nom Nom Kids


How to ripen fruit faster March 28 2017, 0 Comments

I order a lot of my food online and all too often the fruit that arrives is hard and several days off being edible. It's great if I don't need to eat them straight away but if you want to eat your fruits quicker try one of these hacks:

These hacks work for Bananas, Kiwis, Avocados, Mango, peach and nectarines. 

Warmth or sunlight

The obvious way to ripen fruit more quickly is to place it in sunlight or a warm part of the house. This does help but can still take some time.

Paper Bag

The key to ripening fruit at home is trapping ethylene, a gas given off by fruit that aids ripening. All you need is a paper bag and the fruit you want to ripen. Simply place the fruit in the paper bag and wait a few days. Enclosing your fruit in a paper bag traps the ethylene, speeding up the ripening process.

This tricks works great for avocados, bananas, pears, peaches and tomatoes. Bananas and apples give off more ethylene than other fruits, so if you stick one of these in the bag with the other fruit you want to ripen, it should speed up the ripening process even more.

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Bury in Rice

You can also use rice to speed up ripening instead of a paper bag. Uncooked rice is great at trapping ethylene. All you have to do is submerge your fruit in the rice and make sure it’s fully covered. This trick works well for fruits with a harder skin, rather than softer fruits. 

Tips courtesy of  spoonuniversity.com


Eating to keep kids teeth healthy March 21 2017, 0 Comments

 Sugar is again in the news as the headlines are reading:

Tooth extractions on toddlers rise by a quarter in 10 years

The Guardian

It is a very sad state of affairs that children as young as 3 are having to be given general anesthetic to have teeth removed.  We can blame the food industry to a certain extent but as parents we also to take the responsibility to make sure that we do what we can to keep our kids healthy and help them learn to make healthy choices in the future.

We all know the sayings an apple a day keeps the doctor away and Carrots help you see in the dark ...that's not all they do. Whilst investigating what foods we could give our kids to help protect their teeth I found this list by an American Dentist which explains the BEST FOODS FOR YOUR TEETH...

Pineapples

One of the best teeth-cleaners is the pineapple. Pineapples actually help to whiten your teeth. They contain an enzyme that works as a natural stain remover for your teeth. That enzyme also helps to remove plaque.

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Apples

The apple is another perfect example. Not only is it healthy, but the apple skin is one of the best sources of all-natural tooth-cleaning

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Carrots

While the myth is that carrots are good for your vision, they are good for your teeth too. The vitamin A in carrots helps build tooth enamel. Chewing raw carrots will cleanse your teeth. In addition, eating them aids your mouth in producing saliva, which is the mouth’s natural cleanser.

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Onions

You might think that onions cause bad breath, but they actually help to clean your teeth. They contain sulfur compounds that get rid of bacteria that cause tooth decay. You must eat them raw for this effect to happen.

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Broccoli

Broccoli has lots of iron, which contributes to the production of a film on that protects the enamel on your teeth. Fruits and vegetables are good for you in many ways, including cleaning your teeth.

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Tea

Tea can also be good for your teeth. Green tea helps to reduce plaque, cavities, and gum disease. It also contains fluoride, which strengthens the teeth. You can also rinse your teeth using infused herbal teas. Thus, different types of tea aid in the getting rid of bad breath and the loosening up plaque in your mouth. They also simply make your breath feel fresher.

Some Dairy Products

Dairy products are beneficial as well. Milk and yogurt are high in calcium, which strengthens your teeth. Cheese helps to buffer mouth acids, and it is high in calcium as well. It also contributes to the repair of your teeth. Sesame seeds are another surprising teeth cleaner—they help to remove plaque from your teeth.

Information from US Dentist Pat Crawford 

It's not just sweets and sugary food that are causing tooth decay...

Sugary drinks are taking a lot of the blame and its especially bad if you are drinking them all day long. Fizzy drinks are particularly bad as the acid helps to erode the enamel. Orange, Lemon and grapefruit also contain high levels of acid so shouldn't be drunk over long periods of time.

Chewy or crunchy foods such as crisps, bread and dried fruit are a huge contributor to tooth decay. They stick to teeth and sit inside molars or between teeth for a much longer time so it's really important to limit these foods.

So it seems to me that the advice we can take is to eat less sugary foods, drink less sugary drinks, eat chewy foods in moderation and obviously brush your teeth twice a day!! I will also be adding a lot more of the Tooth friendly fruits and veggies into our diet!

At Nom Nom Kids we aim to make eating healthy whilst out and about easy and fun. We love homemade foods and smoothies using natural ingredients. We know what's in them and they don't contain any hidden sugars, salts or preservatives. We also love a treat too!  Check out our products here or our recipes here


Protein packed choc chip cookies March 16 2017, 0 Comments

I am a convert to Chickpea flour! I had heard about it being used for baking and liked the idea of baking cookies that are slightly healthier.  These are packed with protein and have less sugar than I would have used in a regular flour version. The kids love them too. I'm sure the sugar could even be replaced by maple syrup but that's to be tried another day.

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Ingredients

60g coconut oil (melt and cool a little)

35g sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

150g chickpea flour

1 large spoonful peanut butter

3/4 tsp baking powder

30g choc chips (dark or milk)

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C and line a baking tray with some baking paper

In a large bowl mix the melted but almost cool coconut oil with the peanut butter, vanilla extract, sugar and egg.

In a separate bowl mix together the chickpea flour and baking powder. Add the mixture to the wet ingredients in the first bowl. Mix everything together until well combined and then add the choc chips (or add these later to the individual cookie doughs)

divide the mixture into 18 small biscuits or 12 larger biscuits and roll each one into a ball and then flatten just a little.  Bake at 180 degrees C for 10-15 minutes or until the edges go golden brown. Let the cookies cool on a rack before eating! 

I have just made another batch of these up and this time rolled into 16 biscuits. I've just worked out that each one contains just 3.7g of sugar.  Considering that a Maryland cookie contains 8.7g (and it's even smaller) that's pretty good!

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Adding veggies to your smoothies March 09 2017, 0 Comments

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Smoothies are a great way to get vitamins and nutrients into little bodies to ensure that they get their 5-a-day....but fruit smoothies can be deceptively high in sugar (albeit natural sugars). If you look at the nutritional values on Smoothie pouches or cartons sold in the supermarket you may be suprised at how many grams of the carbohydrates turn to sugar.

You may also be suprised at how little strawberry or blueberry there is in a strawberry or Blueberrry smoothie! Take a look next time you are shopping!

To reduce the overall sugar content of your smoothies without upsetting the taste, try adding one or more of these vegetable ingredients.  They will not only reduce the sugar levels but add extra nutrients making your smoothie a really super smoothie:

Spinach

Spinach is the traditional green smoothie ingredient. A small handful of leaves can be hidden in a smoothie very easily. It's super rich in Vitamin K and vitamin A but also contains calcium, iron, magnesium and more.

Try our Tropical green smoothie recipe 

Avocado

Containing 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folic acid. Avocados act as a "nutrient booster" by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.  Adding avocado to a smoothie gives a really smooth creamy texture. 

Try our Creamy Nectarine Dream recipe

Carrot

Carrot is my new favourite vegetable to add to smoothies. Blending raw carrots rather than juicing them ensures that all the fibre is still present. carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, carotene and potassium and they are cheap!!  

Try our Strawberry, carrot and apple smoothie

Beetroot

Beetroot gives such an amazing colour to your smoothies and tastes lovely if used in moderation. It's a great source of folate, fibre and vitamins and is naturally low in sugar and fats. This i also another cheap vegetable so can help to reduce the cost of your smoothies.

Try our Super Red smoothie containing beetroot, carrot, apple, blueberries, raspberries and grapes - recipe coming soon!

Pepper

bell peppers come in several colours. I like to use the red, yellow and orange peppers in smoothies as they have a sweeter flavour. Peppers are bursting with Vitamin C so are brilliant for adding to smoothies. They do go a bit foamy but serving them in a pouch works really well. Through a straw is not so good!

Try a combination of Carrot, pepper and apple for a really delicious foamy smoothie

Cucumber

Cucumber is suprisingly healthy containing a good source of vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, potassium, vitamin C, and manganese and has a really fresh taste. Adding cucumber to a smoothie.

Try a combination of Cucumber, apple and blueberry 

If you have any smoothie recipes that you would like to share please e-mail me at suzanne@nomnomkids.co.uk. I am always looking for new combinations to share. 

Check out our new 200ml Monster Reusable Pouches which are great for serving your older toddler, pre-schooler or big kid a healthy sized smoothie portion. For littler ones our 140ml Animal pouch will suit them best.

 


Hidden Veggie muffins March 03 2017, 0 Comments

These are really tasty savoury muffins packed with hidden veg for the seriously fussy person. Feel free to add some extra visible veg if you like.  They are also great for Baby led weaning and would make a great substitute for a sandwich in a lunchbox. We pack our in a snack bag for after school snack time.

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Muffin Ingredients

2 large eggs

200ml vegetable puree

150g grated cheese

200g self rasing flour

30g butter, melted

3 Tablespoons of Quinoa flakes (optional but if using reduce the flour)

1 Tablespoon Pesto (optional but tastes great)

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If you toddler /child is less picky add extra veg too. Try Sweetcorn, chopped olives, sundried tomatoes, chopped peppers, spring onion, chopped mushrooms or chopped spinach. I'm going to be working up to that with my fussiest one!

making the puree

2-3 medium carrots

Half a courgette sliced

1/4 red pepper

3-4 Brocolli florets (extra stem sliced if you have it)

handful of sweetcorn

Steam the vegetables until soft. I placed the carrots in the steamer first, then brocolli stem and then after a few more minutes I added the remaining ingredients.

Drain and then blend with a splash of milk.

Making the Muffins

preheat the oven to 180 degrees C

In a large bowl lightly whisk the eggs and then add the cheese and melted butter. Mix together and then add the veggie puree and the pesto. Mix in the flour and the Quinoa Flakes if you choose to use them.

Line a muffin tin with muffin cases and spoon in the cake mix. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

perfect for freezing.

store any leftover puree in a pouch to use another time or as a pasta sauce to mix with pesto.

You can also add in extra chopped veggies such as sun blushed tomatoes, olives, sweetcorn, red pepper or chopped spinach.

 

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February is Snack Food Month February 03 2017, 0 Comments

February is National Snack Food Month so it’s a great month for us at Nom Nom Kids as we have pretty much sorted out how to package your snacks for you!

We’ve found some amazing healthy snacks from across the web to share with you and help your little one’s snack healthily this month and beyond. Click on the recipe title to get the recipe!

I will keep adding more recipes as the month goes on so make sure you pop back for more inspiration.

Smoothies

We have loads of really simple smoothie combinations in our recipe section but this one is my go to smoothie snack. It's so delicious and really healthy. I often add chia seeds and avocado to make it even healthier.

Kiwi green smoothie 

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Sweet (but mostly healthy) Snacks

We all need a treat sometimes but these slightly healthier treats don't need to come with a portion of guilt. There's lots of healthy ingredients involved. 

No bake chocolate granola cookies 

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Peanut butter cookies 

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No bake raspberry Cobler bars 

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PB& J rice puffed treats 

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Chocolate Courgette coconut muffins 

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Savoury Snacks

We love savoury snacks and eat them alongside fruit and smoothies so we don't end up maxing out on sugar - even if it's natural fruit sugars you still need to eat it in moderation.

Cheesy Popcorn bites

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Leftover Mash, ham, cheese and pea muffins 

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Spinach and cheese muffins 

lunchbox muffins

Of course you don't need to get too busy in the kitchen to serve up healthy snacks. There are loads of ready made options that you can pop in a snack bag and off you go. Why not try some of the examples in our little guide below!

 snack bag filling ideas

 If you need help putting your snacks into something then take a look at our products here:

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