A Little More … Vitamin Drinks for Kids.

“Little Ones Need a Little More…”

Last week I received a package from the lovely girls at Tea and Cake PR. We were excited to get the opportunity to review a new range of vitamin-enriched drinks designed especially for children. Now, I’m all for ways of getting my boys to achieve their daily vitamin intake, but I have always been wary of these kind of drinks, as they tend to be laden with sugar.  But on reading the press release and the ingredients list, I realised this wasn’t the case!

The “A Little More” range is one of the first drinks of it’s kind, making it an essential item for mum’s shopping trolley. This new drink for kids is a refreshing blend of natural fruit flavours and spring water. For parent’s who struggle to get their children to enjoy fruits and vegetables, these multivitamin drinks are the perfect solution.

These fresh new drinks not only contain the core essential vitamins to provide overall health and well-being, but they are also made with no added sugar and spring water – perfect for those thirst quenching moments. Each drink is naturally flavoured – orange, citrus or mango and passionfruit – to ensure the taste is not compromised.

It can be enjoyed by children over 3 years of age. The small, easy to carry bottles, complete with a convenient sports cap, make it a perfect addition to any packed lunch, picnic or simple daily nutritious treat.

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This range includes Vitamin C, Multivitamins and Vitamin D.

As soon as we opened the package, Aiden grabbed the citrus flavoured Multivitamin drink. In his own words “Yes mummy, I really like that.” I decided to have a taste myself and found it to be quite pleasant, with a strong citrus flavour. It did, however, leave quite a strange aftertaste in my mouth but Aiden didn’t agree and really seemed to enjoy it. Overall, the mango and passionfruit flavoured vitamin D drink was his (and my!) favourite.

Now, one thing I did notice, was that Aiden did become slightly hyperactive after these drinks, which was always my worry. Despite there being no added sugar in these drinks, there was sweetener listed on the ingredients list (NOT aspartame, but sucralose). Aiden is quite sensitive to sugar (an apple can sometimes send him loopy on a bad day!) and I don’t know if it was just a hyperactive burst, or if the drinks had any affect on him.

Overall though, I think these are a fantastic idea! A great way of getting those extra vitamins into your little ones, and maybe a more tooth-friendly option that the usual chewy vitamin gums. At £1.09 from Tesco stores across the UK, they aren’t exactly cheap, but I would probably buy them if I saw them on a special offer.

For more information visit www.moredrinks.co.uk. They also do a range of vitamin drinks for adults which are definitely worth a look!

The Southside Girl x

Fat Fighting Friday – Week 3

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Oh yes, after yesterday’s weigh in I am now the proud owner of my half stone award sticker! Over the moon is an understatement!

I lost 2.5lbs at my third weigh in taking my total loss to 8.5lbs in 3 weeks. It might not be coming off at super speed, but it is coming off and I don’t feel like I’m on a diet at all with the amount of food I’m able to eat!

I’ve realised that staying to class for Image therapy is a massive thing for me. During the week I find myself thinking back to a recipe someone mentioned, or an overall amount of weight another person has lost and I feel that it really does spur me on. My class is really lovely and supportive aswell, which clearly helps alot! Plus, it’s always nice to be in amongst a group of people who know exactly how you are feeling and what you are going through when it comes to weight and food issues.

This week, I decided it was time to introduce the infamous Scan Bran to my diet. To most people on the Slimming World plan, Scan Bran can be a lifesaver. It is a dense fibre – kind of like Ryvita but alot more….cardboardy. Of course, being a weirdo, I actually quite enjoyed it! I’ve seen recipes where you can make cakes out of Scan Bran so i might attempt some of them this week (Curly wurly cake…oh yes!)

I’ve also managed to the gym every day this week which is a complete turnaround for me! I’ve spent the past 5 years declaring myself allergic to exercise but I seem to have caught the bug now! The Curves gym I go to is absolutely amazing! I’ve actually been looking forward to going and have managed to talk my mum into signing up aswell! It’s a 30 minute circuit, and at the moment my gym is also doing a bootcamp alongside the circuit. It’s easy to fit into your day which suits me perfectly! I would definitely recommend Curves to people who are wanting to get back in to exercising but are too intimidated by the thought of a busy gym packed with body builders, size 8’s and people who never seem to sweat (how do they do that?!)

WHAT’S BEEN ON THE MENU THIS WEEK?

I’ve had such a busy week this week that I’ve been going for food that is quick and easy to prepare and cook. My old George Foreman has been a lifesaver this week!

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This is cajun spiced chicken, grilled on the George Foreman after being sprinkled with Schwartz cajun spice. I grilled 3 bacon medallions and cut any excess fat off and served these on a bed of baby spinach, celery, cherry tomatoes, baby red peppers and red onions. I then squeezed over some lemon juice. Quick and delicious! And absolutely no syns.

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Again, cajun spiced chicken breast. Clearly a favourite of mine but it really is so easy and quick. This time I served it with my own version of pico de gallo, a baked potato with my HEA cheese and a spinach, celery and red pepper salad. I also used 1 syn for 2 tablespoons of Nando’s medium peri peri sauce (0.5 syns per tablespoon). For my pico de gallo, I chop cherry tomatoes, one red onion and a few jalapenos and marinade it in loads of lemon juice for as long as I can, but even 10 minutes will work fine.

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After reading all the fuss over this syn free pulled pork, I had to trek to Tesco to try it! I couldn’t understand how something smothered in BBQ sauce could be free, but after checking and double checking using the Slimming World calculator it does seem to be true! You can get this in the frozen section of Tesco for £3.50. We had this for dinner on Sunday and my husband was a massive fan! Me, not so much. I found it to be way too fatty and only had a tiny bit of meat because of this. You could remove all the fat and be left with a  decent sized portion, but it instantly put me off.  Worth trying though!

Does anyone have suggestions for lunches and dinners Slimming World style?

The Southside Girl x