Category Archives: Food and Drink

Kickstart #OrganicSeptember with some organic superfoods

September is Organic Month – not that we need an excuse – but it’s a good time to celebrate products that make eating organic even more heroic.

Lizi’s Granola: Lizi began cooking up her granola in the kitchen of her Welsh B&B and unlike most people’s attempts the result wasn’t something that resembled gravel and took fillings out when it was chewed. So popular was her breakfast that she went on to develop a huge range of delicious granola (much of it gluten free or low GL) including a fully certified organic variety. It is available in family sized packs or dinky little single servings – great for a handbag size refuel on the run. For stockists click here.

New range of Baby Biscuits from Organix: Mums love Organix for one simple reason; kids can’t get enough of ’em. So we were super excited to hear about the new range of baby biscuits, shaped in toddler friendly little ‘o’s and in delicious fruit or vanilla flavour options.

Miniscoff are purveyors of organic ready meals for kids, available at Ocado. With imagination-friendly names such as Treasure Island Chicken on Broccoli Bill’s Pie little ones will be forking in goodness with gusto.

Win a box of Sweet Virtues Truffles

Sweet Virtues are purveyors not only of guilt free truffles, but their unique and delicious raw food creations are positively good for you too! Made with maqui to detox, chia seeds and lime to energise and baobab and vanilla to promote balance, plus cacao, coconut oil, ginseng and oodles of other superfood ingredients, the truffle range is also suitable for vegans.

Sweet Virtues truffles have been getting rave reviews from media and celebs – plus they were awarded the Virgin Foodpreneurs Best New Healthy Business 2014. They are currently stocked in Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Wholefoods, plus various others – see website for details.

Sweet Virtues have generously offered our readers the chance to win a large truffle box – large enough for sharing – but you know – you don’t have to!

Simply click the links and follow Sweet Virtues and Slick Mummy on Instagram and we’ll choose a lucky winner to receive a large Truffle box in the post!

*Competition is open til midnight on 10th Sept, winner will be announced on 11th Sept 2015. Prize is as stated, no cash alternative.

Lovely little things… Baby shower fizz from LG Drinks

What does every new mum need following the birth? A cake made from diapers? Probably not. A huge balloon saying ‘it’s a boy’ (whoa, really? No kidding…)

How about a shiny bottle of LG dry Treviso Spumante Brut prosecco instead? Available in an array of colours (including pink and blue) to celebrate your new arrival in chic Italian style – order via the website for £25 (including delivery worldwide) and make a weary new mum smile.

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How to breastfeed in style in Primark (or anywhere else for that matter)

If you need to nurse on the move and are worried a burly security guard might take offence, we recommend the following:

This lovely loose, flowing drape cardigan in tan-flattering lemongrass is on sale from Isabella Oliver and great as an impromptu shawl for pulling over your boobs and snuggling baby. Looks great for years afterwards too (Editor wore one to a wedding recently).

Or how lovely are the ditzy dots of Palm and Ponds’ breastfeeding cover from Daisy Baby Shop?

Top up your energy levels on the go with Frieda’s Feeding Food Bar –  packed full of good milk producing ingredients such as fennel, oats and flaxseed, plus Omega 3s and protein.

And pop some nipple balm into your handbag – we’re loving The Nerdy Farmwife’s natural, fragrant and easy to make at home ones…

Editor’s tip:  I have always loved a good old fashioned oversized muslin for cover ups and dribble wiping (Aden + Anais bamboo ones are great) and I’ve normally got one tied ’round the strap of my handbag – even when I’m out with the older kids…

#GinFriday

Port is on the rise, particularly port cocktails so Graham’s have teamed up with The Rib Room in Knightsbridge to create this one…

Pret a Port

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Ingredients
35ml. Graham’s 10yr old Tawny Port
25ml. Tanqueray Gin
15ml. Cinnamon Syrup
25ml. Fresh lemon juice
1 spoon of Raspberry jam.

Shake all ingredients together and strain into a rock glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge 2 raspberries and a blackberry

#GinFriday

This week’s Gin Cocktail is a G&T with an interesting twist, namely coconut water! Try it to believe it…

Thanks to She Knows for this one…

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces gin
  • 6 ounces coconut water

Directions

  1. Add ice to a cocktail shaker, filling three-quarters full. Add all the ingredients, cover and shake. Strain into a small cocktail glass filled with fresh ice.

Editor’s Tip: try using delicious organic Buko coconut water in the mix – a percentage of profits go towards protecting the rainforest so you can feel good from the inside to the tips of your karma…

Stealth Feeding

With the whole current hoo-har about sugar in snacks we’re loving these delicious paleo bars from The Primal Kitchen, made to provide 100% natural energy; without grains, refined sugars or vegetable oils.

Great before after a workout (or marathon shopping trip) and they don’t look grainy or taste of seeds so you’ll get these past discerning little ones too.

Created by nutritionist Suzie Walker, the bars are handmade, cold pressed and suitable for vegans.

Our SM tester says: “My son opened the Hazlenut and Cocoa bar and said ‘Mmm, a chocolate treat!’ – which says it all, really…”

Available in Superdrug and Health Food stores.

Stealth Feeding

Sneak a few extra vitamins and general goodie-gumdrops into their tea tonight with these fab products:

Shaken Udder milkshakes: founded by wholesome rustic couple Howie and Jodie, these milkshakes fuse fresh milk and natural ingredients into tasty shakes. The kids’ range has no artificial nasties, less than 5% fat and is school approved – a great way to top up their calcium and available in three delicious flavours (banana, chocolate and strawberry).

Bare Biology Superhero Omega 3 Fish Oil: for kids from 6 months to twelve years, just one little 1mg spoonful provides enough high quality Omega 3 (DHA and EPA) to ensure tip-top brain and eye development – in fact to get this much in real life you’d need to scoff plates and plates of sardines – and it tastes like lemon squash too, so most little ones can be persuaded to swallow it from the spoon. For the more reluctant, drizzle it over pasta or mix a bit in with yoghurt or a fruit salad…

Mothergrain Quinola Kids Meals: finest Peruvian quinoa is protein rich and generally regarded as a superfood and these little pouches can be microwaved in 30 seconds for a quick after-school fix or pop them in a pan with some olive oil and add a few fresh veg too. Lovely range including Tex Mex and a mild Thai Curry one…