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The Finest ingredients are used for these yummy NEW snacks from Holle!

After requests, and many hours of trialling and testing, our wonderful Holle Heroes have come up with some really fabulous organic New Products that we are delighted to bring exclusively to you here in the UK. All are great for little hands to hold, and perfect for picnics, on the go or even in the lunch box!

Holle Organic Minis, are soft banana and orange fruit bars. A wholesome and convenient snack made especially for little hands and tummies, they contain a mixture of fruit and rolled oats wrapped in a wholegrain spelt wafer, to help keep little hands sticky-free.

The soft yet firm texture is perfect for babies aged 12 months and over to nibble and chew, and their handy, practical size makes them easy for little hands to hold. Holle Organic Minis come individually packaged ensuring the soft fruit bars are always fresh and fruity and making them perfect for pockets and nappy bags.

Dried bananas* 25%, ROLLED OATS*, pear juice concentrate*, apple juice concentrate*, potato starch*, wholegrain SPELT wafers* (wholegrain SPELT flour*, potato starch*), orange juice concentrate* 4%. * organically grown

“These Mini’s are so cute, and so tasty too! We love them, and so do our little ones”

Your little one will love Holle’s new Organic Biscuits, suitable from 10 months, and you’ll love them too, because they are made solely from wholesome and healthy organic ingredients.

Sweetened only with fruit juices and containing no added salt, these mild tasting Pear-Apple biscuits come in three cheerful, slim animal shapes, perfect for small hands to hold. The freshness packets make them ideal to pop in your handbag or nappy bag when you are out and about.

SPELT FLOUR* (34%), ROLLED OATS* (33%), pear juice concentrate* (16%), sunflower oil*, apple juice concentrate* (6 %), carrot juice concentrate*, vitamin B₁ (Thiamine). * organically grown

“Exciting to have something new from Holle, and these snacks for my LG are just perfect – I love the animal designs, and we all love the taste!”

Holle’s new Organic Crunchy Snack Millet is a gluten-free, bite-sized puffed snack that is ideal between meals and when out and about. It is made from nutritious, 100% organic millet and absolutely nothing else! The perfect size for little fingers, these fluffy puffs help to encourage self-feeding and will melt like butter in your baby’s mouth.

100% Millet* * organically grown

“Ok, these are so moreish… my LO loves them but I admit I had a bag to keep me going the other day, and I finished them off far too quickly!”

Gently flavoured with organic mango, Holle’s new Organic Crunchy Snack Millet-Mango is a gluten-free, bite-sized puffed snack that is simply yummy. Made from nutritious, organic millet it contains no added sugar or salt.

The perfect size for little fingers, these fluffy puffs help to encourage self-feeding and will melt like butter in your baby’s mouth.

Millet* (60%), maize semolina* (26 %), sunflower oil* (7,6 %), mango powder* (6,4%). * organically grown

“Great taste, and my daughter loved holding them and having a chat with them before popping them into her mouth! They are a hit – thank you Holle!”

Try these scrummy new Holle heroes and let us know what YOU think!

 

New Rice Mice and Zero Zebra Yummies!

Organic, Vegan and free from all 14 EU recognised food allergens… The products made by Rice Mice and Zero Zebra not only have fab names, but are utterly delicious and mean that even those of us with allergies, can enjoy treats!

zzc1506_strawb_barexping_sqrgb144dpi15cmUlula was actually asked by one of our wonderful customers to find this brand and make it available to them through Ulula because they had heard such good things about them, and we are so in agreement! As children with allergies, and now as parents with children with allergies, anything that helps an allergy sufferer to feel ‘normal’ is a most fabulous thing to have in your lives.zzc1508_pepperm_barexping_sqrgb144dpi15cm

So, it is a hard job for an Ulula taste tester, but somebody has to do it, and we can say, that hands down, the Zero Zebra Rice Choc Bar with Peppermint is the most minty, yummy chocolate we have all tasted this year – it is delicious, as are all the other flavours.

We asked Monika, the director and owner of Rice Mice and Zero Zebra what had inspired her to create this life changing brand for allergy suffered. As we expected – it is an inspiring, courageous and positive story, and here it is for you to enjoy too:

“In 2008, I founded Marthomi Allergy Free Foods in 2008 in Holland. One of my three children suffered from multiple food allergies and intolerances (milk, egg, peanuts, nuts, soya and many more). Back then, there were hardly any food alternatives, especially of the things that all kids love, like sweet treats.zzc1303_winter_comp2_phrgb144dpi10x7cm

I did a lot of market research and after long and careful consideration I decided to quit my existing career in order to spend all my time and energy on the topic ‘treats for children who suffer from food allergies’.

zzc1301_safari_pack_sqrgb144dpi_15cmI set my goals very high: The products had to be free from all 14 EU recognized food allergens, each product should be vegan, only organic ingredients would be used and these should be from fair and sustainable sources.

I insisted that the production environment should be professional and certified to best food production standards, it should be possible to scale to large quantities and cross-contamination of allergens should be excluded as far as possible. On top of this, the products should taste great, the packaging should appeal to the target market and the product end-price must be in a fair range.

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My enthusiasm and firm belief in my concept paid off and I found and convinced several partners to work with me.

In May 2009 I won a prize ‘Most Promising Innovative Entrepreneur’ at the Innobiz European SME Week 2009 in The Hague. zzc1302_school_openingcontent_phrgb144dpi10x7cm

The best and most fun part was the creation of new and suitable recipes. Towards the end of 2009 I finally had the first pallet of Marthomi’s first product: the Zero Zebra Rice Choc Bar Original, complete with all the attributes I set out to achieve and without compromising on anything!

zzc1507_zerozebraricechocbar_crispy_rgbThe company has two unique own brands  (Zero Zebra and Rice Mice) and we service our loyal customers throughout Europe.”zzc1505_original_barexp_sqrgb144dpi15cm

These wonderful products are perfect for ourselves, and perfect for presents too. They are exceptionally yummy and we look forward to you sharing with us how much you love them too.

And don’t fret – we know that you will be as happy as we are to hear from Monica that she has many more plans for these brilliant products in the future 🙂

 

 

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!

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!

Fats and Sugars in Organic Baby Biscuits and Snacks – Some Thoughts

Baby waiting for his food - sent in by a customer

Baby waiting for his food - sent in by a customer

Following recent news headlines relating to the levels of fats and sugars in common brands of baby foods such as finger foods, biscuits and snacks, I thought I would give my initial reactions followed by some nutritional information on the Holle range of organic finger foods for babies.

I strongly believe that babies and young children deserve to be given wholesome foods that nurture both their body and soul. Because of the age of babies and children we are talking about here, it is imcumbent on their parents to provide such foods – young babies are entirely dependent on us for all their needs.

The Ulula Ethos

The Ulula ethos regarding the baby foods we chose to sell is only to supply foods that:

  • Are certified to high organic or Demeter standards;
  • Are guaranteed to contain no genetically modified ingredients;
  • Have no added processed sugar;
  • Have no added salt (unless absolutely essential for a baking process)
  • Contain no hydrogenated/trans fats;
  • Contain no added flavourings;
  • Contain no added colourings;
  • Contain no added preservatives.
  • Are produced using the gentlest cooking methods available for that food type

We only want to supply foods that have a place in helping parents feed their babies wholesome and nurturing foods.

Not All Organic Baby Foods Are Equal

With many things in life, not everything we buy is of an equally high standard – baby food is no exception. Disappointingly, not even all organically certified baby foods are of the same standard. I don’t believe it is good business practice for me to identify individual companies here but I am so confident in the Holle baby foods that I recommend you  just compare the contents and quality with anything else you can buy.

So, What About the Fats?

The Children’s Food Campaign report identified a number of baby biscuits and snacks that contain high amounts of  fats. Some baby finger foods have been reported as having a higher proportion of fats and saturated fats than many ‘junk foods’.

While there are recommended maximum nutritional guidelines for dietary saturated fat content for men (30g), women (20g) and children aged 5 to 10 (also 20g), there is actually no maximum recommended level for infants – they naturally need more fat in their diet than adults because they are growing and need a higher intake of energy.

Foods though are said to be high in saturated fat if they contain more than 5g of saturates per 100g. Foods containing 1.5g or less per 100g are said to be low in saturated fat.

How Holle Baby Snacks and Finger Foods Compare

A number of other brands of  popular baby biscuits were mentioned by the Children’s Food Campaign. The report itself did not mention the Holle range, but I am very happy to provide the nutritional information:

As for the sugar content of each, that is as follows:

Holle Organic Baby Spelt Biscuit

Holle Organic Baby Spelt Biscuit

So, What Do These Figures Mean?

On the face of it, the Holle biscuits could be seen as a high fat, high sugar snack. But the issue really is not as simple as this and we need to put these figures into context.

Entirely breastfed infants take more than 50% of their energy from fat, since mother’s milk is very rich in fat. The fat composition of a mother’s milk is special – about 52% of the fats are saturated fatty acids. Breastfed babies are not in danger of having a raised cholesterol level or even at risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Following this natural ideal of mother’s milk, is the reason why Holle infant formulas and some other infant products are also rich in fat as well as being rich in saturated fatty acids. It is also recommended to enrich nearly fat free infant foods, such as vegetable and fruit meals as well as milk free grain based meals, with small amounts of oil or butter.

The Holle Organic Baby Spelt Biscuits contain pure butter from biodynamically raised cows as a fat source. Butter has a spectrum of fatty acids similar to a mother’s milk fat, and contains very easily digestible short and medium chain fatty acids. Butter in infant nutrition is not a bad ingredient – It is easily digested and has the right fat composition.

As for the sources of sugar, Holle uses only molasses of rice and banana as mild natural sweeteners in their baby biscuits. This way they avoid the need for processed, crystallised sugars that have been stripped of essential micro-nutrients.

Consider Your Baby’s Overall Diet

It is important to consider a baby’s overall daily diet. Babies from six months are either breastfed or having a baby milk or formula and are generally weaning. Such snacks as the baby biscuits or the baby rusks should be seen by parents as one part of this increasingly varied food mix.  A weaning baby that is fed on Holle organic baby foods will receive a diet that is well balanced and is nutritionally based on the developmental needs of infants of this age.

Of course, if parents choose to feed their baby excessive amounts of any one food the nutritional intake of the baby may become unbalanced. As with so much in parenting, we need to listen to our intuition and tune ino our baby’s needs.

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As usual, I recommend you use your common sense when thinking about the issues raised. Carry on feeding and weaning your baby according to your existing plan and let your common sense guide you as to how you supplement that with both the rusks and biscuits.

Holle’s Deliciously Natural Organic Fruit Bars for Babies – Now on Sale!

Holle's organic apple and pear snack bar for babies and toddlersThis is just a quick post to let you know that Holle’s recently launched fruit bars for babies have arrived at the Ulula warehouse and are now ready to ship.

The Organic Apple and Banana and Organic Apple and Pear bars are made of 100% organic fruit, honey and spelt and taste absolutely delicious, see our recent article announcing their launch for further details. These natural and healthy finger foods are ideal for babies from 12 months and if experience on the continent is anything to go by they will be flying off the shelves – so make sure you place your orders early.

Let us know what you think of the new organic fruit bars – more importantly how does your baby find these new additions to their finger food repetoire?