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Review: Actimel Smoothies

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 16-10-2013

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I’ve always liked the idea of Actimel. Little pots of drink which contain all this good stuff to keep your digestive system in order. Like most people I tend to only drink the one flavour when I do buy them – Strawberry – but when I finish the bottle I often think “Is that it?”. I always wished they were a bit bigger. It was a bit like having one mouthful of a really delicious milkshake and then not getting to have anymore. It never dawned on me that you could actually do other stuff with them.
Actimel launched a brand new flavour – Blackcurrant – recently and a while ago they sent me some to test out, as well as some recipe cards for smoothies, and a rather nice smoothie maker to make my creations in. The Actimel alone was pretty tasty – still think I’m a Strawberry girl at heart though – but I was keen to try a smoothie. Using one of the recipe cards I made a Blackcurrant, Banana and Apple Smoothie. Simple enough – a pot of Blackcurrant Actimel, 120g Blackcurrants, 1 ripe banana and 1 cored and chopped apple. This was all popped into the smoothie maker and whizzed up till it was all nicely combined. This recipe makes one delicious serving – a perfect breakfast accompaniment or morning snack. It was quite zingy – as you’d expect with fresh blackcurrants – but it was REALLY nice and a brilliant way of using Actimel instead of just that usual single mouthful.

I am really impressed with the idea of making smoothies from my Actimel. I think it will certainly encourage me to buy them more in the future and whizz them up with fruits of my choice. You don’t really need recipes to make smoothies, you can just throw in whatever you fancy. I can see me trying a lot of the other Actimel flavours too – who knew there were so many of them – and making tasty smoothies for all the family.

If you head on over to the Actimel website you’ll even find a small number of recipes for other things to do with your Actimel, from cheesecakes and salad dressings, to soups and even curry. A more versatile little pot than I gave it credit for it seems.

Review: Kelloggs Cereal For Children

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Competition, Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 08-04-2013

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We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but finding the right cereal for your children can be a real struggle. Most are full of sugar and not something we want our children eating. To help with our quest Kelloggs are introducing four new cereals which meet the strict OFCOM guidelines for sugar allowing them to be advertised to children, but are also wholegrain and high in fibre. A much better alternative to most children’s cereals out there.
Coco Pops bring you Croc Prints which have less sugar and more fibre than the traditional Coco Pops. The already popular Multi-Grain Shapes now comes in a new strawberry flavoured versions. Honey Loops are now a new healthier recipes whilst still tasting great, and Honey Pops is a brand new cereal which you may have spotted in Europe. All of these cereals taste great – Little Man is especially fond of the Croc Prints and the Honey Loops. He has them for breakfast occasionally but more often than not dry in a bowl as a mid-afternoon snack.

Whilst I wouldn’t give Little Man one of these cereals EVERY day – he is only 2 and a half after all – they are great as a weekend treat or a portion controlled snack. You children are going to love the taste, and you can rest assured that they won’t be rotting their teeth or bouncing off the walls.

If you want to WIN a box of each cereal for your little ones to try out follow these simple instructions:

1. Follow me @SussexMummy on Twitter.
2. Tweet “I want to try the new cereals from @KelloggsUK thanks to @SussexMummy”
3. Leave me a comment on this post below about which you most want to try.

A winner will be chosen from all the entries on Sunday 14th April and they will be announced on Twitter on Monday. The winner will receive one box of each of the four new cereals from Kelloggs. Good luck!

Book Review: “A Passion For Baking” by Jo Wheatley

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Book Review | Posted on 06-07-2012

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I love baking. It’s something I’ve enjoyed doing since I was little and used to “help” my Mum in the kitchen. Now I’m a Mum myself finding the time to bake does prove tricky. I can’t wait until Little Man is old enough to join in, though I don’t look forward to cleaning up afterwards! When I do find the time – usually at weekends when Daddy takes over – there’s nothing I enjoy more than whipping up a cake or a batch of biscuits for my little family to enjoy, and this book is perfect for doing just that.

Available exclusively at Sainsburys for a bargain price of ¬£7.99 “A Passion For Baking” is the debut book from the winner of The Great British Bake Off Jo Wheatley. Whenever I get a new cookbook – and yes, I own a ridiculous number – I flick through it immediately to see what stands out for me. After a few moments of flicking through the pages of “A Passion For Baking” I was salivating. Not only does this book contain loads of recipes that I actually want to make, but the photography makes me want to make them right now! Page after page of beautifully photographed food, either as a completed bake or as partial ingredients, makes this book a visual feast. My personal favourites are the photos of the Mini Mississippi Mud Pies and the Raspberry Torte. But this book contains so many recipes which I can’t wait to try out on my family.

For Fathers Day this year we had Jo’s American Pancakes with some fresh fruit. My Husband and I have been to the USA twice – once when we’d been dating a year, and again for our honeymoon – and on both occasions visited New York. Our main memory from these visits is the food – mostly the¬†sheer size of it – but specifically the breakfasts. Nothing started the day better than a stack of pancakes, more often than not with maple syrup and some crispy bacon. Jo’s American Pancakes are JUST as delicious, and brought back amazing memories. They were light and fluffy, and super easy to make. I can see them being made again and again in our house for years to come.

Baking conjures up so many memories for me, and I look forward to making lots of new ones with my Little Man, and this book.

“A Passion For Baking” is out now, and available from Sainsburys.