Category Archives: Finger Foods & Snacks

Today is International World Pasta Day!

Pasta has long been a favourite dish for children and adults alike; highly nutritious and a great energy source, served either with a vegetable sauce or just with some cheese, it is a quick, simple, delicious meal that we all enjoy. With gluten, or without, there is a pasta for each of us. To celebrate the special occasion of today, we have taken a look at what each kind of pasta says about you** but we leave the pasta shapes and the Mie Noodles to your imagination – let us know what you come up with 😉

Spaghetti: Warm hearted

If spaghetti is your go to pasta, you are csm_mais-reis-spaghetti_minikuerbis_gemuese_01_117f7f64d9warm hearted. You gravitate towards the classic and never fail to help a friend out. Choosing spaghetti means you are sympathetic and kind. You are also open-minded and sensitive, and you always listen when someone needs you.

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-spelt-spaghetti.html                 http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-corn-rice-spaghetti-gluten-free-pasta.html

Penne: Easy goingalb-gold-organic-emmer-penne

If  penne pasta floats your boat, you are easy going. You are relaxed and do not have an anxious bone in your body. Even-tempered and mellow, your day to day life may get hectic but you never let that get in the way of things you truly care about.

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-emmer-penne.html

Rigatoni: Determined

csm_mais-reis-rigatoni_spinat_pilze_01_28a5780239If you like rigatoni, you are determined. Anything you set your mind to, you accomplish. There is no limit when it comes to what you can achieve. Your resolute outlook on life keeps you focused and gets you places.

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-corn-rice-rigatoni-gluten-free-pasta.html

Farfalle (for us the Pantacce Tricolour): Energeticalb-gold-organic-pantacce-tricolore

If farfalle makes your heart soar like the butterflies they are shaped like, you are energetic. Doing nothing all day bores you. You have to get out and experience life! If you like farfalle, you are active, spirited, and have a bubbly personality.

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-pantacce-tricolore.html

5. Gemelli: Creativealb-gold-organic-strozzapreti

If you are one with gemelli, you are creative. You have incredible original ideas and are artistic. You are innovative, original, and gifted. Choosers of gemelli are imaginative and resourceful.

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-strozzapreti.html

6. Elbow: Generousalb-gold-organic-einkorn-drelli

If elbow pasta is the one that you want, you are generous. You consistently show kindness towards others. You are always thinking about how you can do more for your loved ones.

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-einkorn-drelli.html

7. Rotini (Or in our case, Fusilli) : Fearlesscsm_buchweizen_mit_currysauce_02_cf54be97aa

If rotini is your one true love, you are fearless. You are bold, courageous, and brave. Your intrepid outlook on life allows you to live to the fullest. You are lionhearted and not afraid of anything.

Who knew! With this exciting new knowledge, you can enjoy choosing your pasta supper to match your mood!

http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-corn-rice-fusilli-gluten-free-pasta.html            http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-wholegrain-spelt-fusilli.html  http://www.ulula.co.uk/seitz-organic-gluten-free-buckwheat-fusilli.html

** http://spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/what-your-favorite-pasta-shape-says-about-you/

New MOGLi Yummies!

The brilliant team at MOGLi have had their thinking hats on, and they have come up with some really fabulous organic New Products to add to their award winning range. New products that are all great for when out and about or in the snack or lunch box!

First is the Organic Coconut Bar in a new Mini Bar – 12.5g – perfect for snack time, anmogli-organic-mini-coconut-bard a true energy booster when your little one has an urgent need for some food, and it isn’t meal time yet. This coconut bar will satisfy everybody in your family for those in-between-times. The bar is slightly sweetened with rice and agave syrup which our family found very pleasant because it wasn’t too sweet. A real winner!

The next new product is the Cocoa Wafer – three layers of delicious organic whole grain wafemogli-organic-cocoa-wafersr filled with cocoa cream and sweetened only with coconut blossom sugar – how cute is that, and how triple yum too! Light, crispy and very very moreish, this is a really delicious snack.

Finally, and perhaps the best for last, the new Coconut Wafer – three layers of organic whole gmogli-organic-coconut-wafersrain wafer filled with scrummy coconut cream, and sweetened only with coconut blossom sugar. Too delicious to actually be able to express in words!

When we asked our tasters to try out these new MOGLi products with their young children and families, we were overwhelmed away by the enthusiastic response. Here’s just three of the comments we received:

“These Mogli Wafers are so delicious. They are the perfect snack, and really satisfying to get you between breakfast and lunch! Our kids really loved them all!”

“My daughter is usually a bit fussy with her food, but she loved these coconut mini bars. I admit that I usually buy the full size for myself, so a Mini version for my mini-me is just perfect!”

“Thanks so much for the offer of trying the Mogli new products. They were a real treat with our family. They aren’t too sweet, and the flavours are really good! They are all just the perfect size for my work bag, lunch boxes and when we are out and about to make sure all tummies make it to the end of the outing satisfied!! We’ll definitely be buying them. Our family are huge Mogli fans  — the quality and care in each product, and at a really good price is brilliant – thank you!”

Damia is the company behind MOGLi. It’s a relative newcomer to the market and has an ethos that puts children at the centre of everything they do. Damia believe, just as we at Ulula do, that children in particular deserve good, natural food, and this is just what they are striving to achieve. As well as encouraging in children a taste for real food, the company aims to only supply nutritious food that has been produced in partnership with experts – every product  has been approved by independent nutritionists as well as a parent’s panel and children’s jury. A very special company!

The MOGLi range of products for kids and families is exclusive to Ulula in the UK and, given the high quality of the ingredients, provide a unique food across their range for older babies and toddlers.

Try the MOGLi new products and let us know what YOU think!

Celebrating Michaelmas Together

Michaelmas is the festival which really celebrates Autumn and allows us to revel in the darker nights and cooler days without a sadness for the Summer passed. The light is lower, and shadows longer, and we start to look inward to our own inner strength and reserves – like a flower we opened up to the sun during the summer, and now we can fold our petals in and take strength and sustenance from the world under our feet.

Michaelmas is named after Saint Michael, one of the four archangels, the angel who threw Lucifer out of Heaven. He is the Angel of courage and the Angel of the fight against evil, often depicted fighting off fearsome dragons! The festival of Michaelmas is the moment when we can take the light and love that has warmed us through the summer months into ourselves to feed us as we enter the colder, darker months of autumn and winter.

Our favourite Michaelmas Story comes from the very wonderful Tiptoes Lightly “The Festival of the Stones”. http://www.tiptoes-lightly.net/ Here is a little extract:

“But the dragon never forgot, and never quite gave up. He remembers his beauty from long ago, and rises out of the earth in early summer to fly high in the air. Then, as summer ends, a shower of shooting stars beats the dragon back into the earth with swords of heavenly iron”

As we were growing up, we always enjoyed the meteor shower of shooting stars in late August in the night sky, and used to weave a story as to why they are showering down on us at this time of year…  and in later years, Michaelmas had become a time in the year which we rather dreaded – it all felt rather heavy and fearsome, but finding Tiptoes with our children allowed us see the beauty of the date, the 29th September. It is a very special day!

Our Michaelmas Autumn Hedgerow Dragon

Our Michaelmas Autumn Hedgerow Dragon

Making dragon bread is always a wonderful family activity, or making dragon’s from conkers is great fun too!

To bring the light of St Michael into our homes, we can light a new candle at the supper table. Always a favourite activity at Kindi was to make a candle each using strips of wax wound around the candle to become the dragon, and as the candle burns, the flame slowly conquers the dragon until he is banished completely!

As you light your Michaelmas candle this year, perhaps you will have the dinosaur pasta on your little ones’ plates, so that they can be St. Michael fearlessly fighting dragons, just like Jeremy Mouse in the Tiptoes Story. http://www.ulula.co.uk/alb-gold-organic-pasta-for-babies-and-kids-dinosaur-shapes.html

Organic Smoothies for Kids

EXLUSIVE TO ULULA
Organic Smoothies for Kids – Pure Fruit Goodness

Pure fruit organic smoothies for kids by our friends at Mogli. Delicious fruit snacks with a full flavour and nothing artificial added.

These recently launched organic smoothies for kids got a huge thumbs up with the Ulula taste testers. Thanks to Mogli quality standards these little pockets of fruit are ideal when out and about as a quick and convenient snack that you know is full of goodness.

Using just pure fruit every Mogli smoothie is guaranteed free from artificial flavours, thickening agents, colourings and preservatives – and they’re certified to the highest organic and Demeter/biodynamic standards – just as you’d expect from Mogli.

Organic Smoothies for kids

Organic smoothies for kids from Mogli – premium quality pure fruit goodness for your little one.

Mogli organic smoothies for kids come in four yummy flavours, with each pouch packing a powerful fruit punch provided by a blend of three fruits:

When we asked our tasters to try out these new Mogli smoothies with their toddlers and young children we were blown away by the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response. Here’s just three of the comments we received:

These Mogli organic smoothies for kids are delicious. They come in a smooth puree and a good sized portion. My little one loved all four flavours which really surprised me but when I tried them myself I could understand why.

My son is usually a bit fussy with fruit but he loved these smoothies.

Thanks for the offer of trying the Mogli smoothies for kids. They went down a real treat with our son (and the rest of the family!) We’ll definitely be buying them and that price and quality we think you’re getting good value for money.

Damia is the company behind Mogli and these organic smoothies for kids. It’s a relative newcomer to the market and has an ethos that puts children at the centre of everything they do. Damia believe, just as we at Ulula do, that children in particular deserve good, natural food, and this is just what they are striving to achieve. As well as encouraging kids’ taste for real food the company aims to only supply nutritious food that has been produced in partnership with experts – every product  has been approved by independent nutritionists as well as a parent’s panel and children’s jury. And that includes these organic smoothies for kids.

The Mogli range of organic smoothies for kids is exclusive to Ulula in the UK and, given the high quality of the fruit, provide a unique drink for slightly older babies and toddlers. Each flavour is available in packs of three 100g pouches for £3.55 or we are offering all four flavours in one multi-pack for just £4.40.

Try the Mogli pure fruit smoothies for kids and let us know what YOU think.

Gluten Free Snacks – Some Sugar Free Sweet Alternatives

Organic four grain biscuits with carrots - young children love them

Organic four grain biscuits with carrots - young children love them

The popularity of the Werz Rice Bran Nibbles never ceases to amaze me. They really are one of the few organic gluten free snacks that are ideal for young babies. I think one of the reasons the Rice Bran Nibbles are so popular is that there are not many savoury snacks that are gluten free and suitable for very young babies on the UK market.

Unfortunately it is very hard to keep up with demand and we have today sold the last packet of our current batch. Be assured we are awaiting our next delivery and will keep you informed.

If you are uncertain of offering sweet products to young children you may wish to consider our range of gluten free and sugar free sweet snacks. This small and exclusive range is free from added processed sugar and is sweetened using only natural organic ingredients such as rice syrup or honey. My particular favourites are the rabbit shaped Organic Four Grain Biscuits with Carrots. They come in packets of mixed boy and girl rabbits and are great fun – young  children love them!

Weaning Babies, Strawberries and Allergies – Plus a Quick Summer Recipe For Older Babies

Strawberries - exercise caution when weaning babies

Strawberries - exercise caution when weaning babies

Ever since the ancient Romans introduced strawberries to Britain two thousand years ago they have been a firm summer favourite – and rightly so in my opinion. Not only are they delicious, they contain more vitamin C than oranges and are rich in fibre.

Weaning Babies and Strawberries

Please remember though at this time year that strawberries are reported to cause allergies or an intolerance in babies and young children from time to time. If your baby is still under one year old and is weaning, perhaps consider waiting to introduce strawberries until next season. I would suggest this should particularly be the case if there is a family history of allergic reactions and/or asthma or eczema.

Because strawberries are such a soft fruit that readily absorb pesticidal sprays it is also important to try and buy organic strawberries for your baby or child.

A Quick Strawberry Ice Lolly Recipe

Try blending five strawberries with one banana, four ice cubes, a strawberry yoghurt, half a cup each of milk and fruit juice. Pour the liquid into paper cups, cover with plastic wrap and insert a lolly stick. Freeze for at least five hours – healthy homemade strawberry lollies for older babies and children!

Organic Baby Rusks – Some Further Thoughts and Suggestions

I mentioned last week that the Holle Organic Baby Spelt Rusks are now available in their new packaging and gave you a few simple recipe ideas for weaning babies that use these sugar free rusks. I should also have mentioned that they really are not just for weaning  and teething babies.

Whenever my children are unwell, which thankfully is not often, I feed them what my mother gave me whenever I was recovering from illness – baby rusks soaked in tea. Simply take a couple of rusks, break them into a few pieces on a plate and pour over enough Holle organic baby tea to make them soggy. Mash with a fork and allow to cool. This lovely mild cereal is enough to tempt any child recovering from sickness.

Holle Baby Rusks – Not Just For Babies

I mentioned last week that on the continent rusks resemble toast more than biscuits. Actually such ‘toasty’ rusks aren’t just made for babies and are a popular snack for adults with butter and jams or cheeses or even more exciting toppings – great for buffets. As an alternative to the Holle Baby Rusks the ErdmanHAUSER rusks are made with butter and are specifically made to eat as party snacks – they taste absolutely delicious and are Demeter/biodynamically certified. For children and adults who have an intolerance to gluten I would recommend the Werz Four Grain Rusks which are gluten free.

Baby Rusks – Great for Morning Sickness

A number of mums have told me that they have found baby rusks perfect when they were pregnant and had morning sickness – a light, dry nibble was just what was needed to settle their tummy.

So, baby rusks are great for adults and babies alike – let me know how you like to eat yours.