I’ve always been quite lucky with the Little Shires eating their greens, reds or oranges – sometimes a little too much! – when they’re with me at home. When they’re on their own, however, it’s a different story – they’d choose a couple bags full of Haribos from the tuck shop if they had their way!
So I was very excited to be invited to Innocent HQ @ Fruit Towers *yes, that’s really what it’s called!* to talk upping our fruit and veg content whilst letting the Little Shires loose on Innocent’s smoothie machine!
You can also win Innocent smoothies for your child’s class. Entry details below
It’s encouraging to know 93% of under 3s eat the right amount of fruit & veggies but unfortunately this really tails off to just 10% of tweens and teens who meet their 5-a-day requirement. That’s an 80% drop!
I was curious to see what actually goes into a smoothie and why it counts as one of your 5-a-day.
Literally it’s just fruit & a splash of fruit juice. Nothing more. Well, sometimes a bit of veg which is the new variants which went down a treat with my lot – especially the Strawberries, Apples & Beetroot flavour. It looks like blackcurrant in colour, but is slightly less sweet but just as tasty.
It’s all to do with the way the fruit is added – Innocent crush it whole, so you get the fibrous part of the fruit too, not just the juice. That’s the key to making them more wholesome.
The Innocent team laid out an array of fruit for my children to choose from and encouraged them to pop whatever they fancied into their mixing bowl & give it a whiz! The Little Shires didn’t really think about what flavours may go well with others, they just tipped in what they liked!
Mademoiselle went for all the berries – strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries – added some kiwi & orange juice, half a banana and some lemon juice. It was bursting with berries (and Vit C!!) but the lemon made it more refreshing (a fluke!)
Little Mister went for strawberries, blueberries, half a banana and lots of melon with a splash of apple, so made a light refreshing drink but still reddish in colour because of the berries.
Dadtired also put in his request earlier in the morning, which the children tried to create – lots and lots of pineapple (approx 8-10 chunks), apple juice (although DT has requested coconut water. Cheeky!!) a couple of strawberries and lemon juice. If you like pineapple it was surprisingly tasty!
Clearly we’re not master blenders *ahem* but whatever fruits or veg the children like, I suggest you can blend them! And for any that they don’t, blend it with something they do and you’ll be quids in! It’s a fun thing to do, to see the fruit zizz up in the blender and guess what colour it’ll be. And because they made it, they loved it!
We all liked the new Innocent fruit & veg range, although Mademoiselle was less impressed with the Pineapple, apple & carrot smoothie, only because she insists she doesn’t like carrots (although she eats them when I add them to sauces, she just doesn’t know it!) but will eat her own bodyweight in Brussel sprouts. Go figure *scratches head*
It’s a clever way to get veg that’s not normally eaten into little tummies. Carrots are very rich in beta carotene, Vitamin A & C which is essential to help absorb iron; and beetroot is full of nitrate compounds, making it good for the blood and helping keep bodies healthy during exercise. So all good stuff.
I think they’re a fantastic top up to any diet, adult or child, and now my girl is in year 3 she has to take in a healthy snack & fruit for break time. These smoothies have been added to our list!
** WIN FOR YOUR CHILD’S CLASS **
As if they aren’t lovely enough (and they really are lovely, all of them!) the people at Innocent want to celebrate the start of a new school & nursery term this September by offering to give Innocent fruit & veg smoothies to your child’s class.
* How to enter. Enter via the Rafflecopter box & tell me how you get your children to eat more fruit & veg and share on twitter using #innocentFiveADay and as many other options as you like. The more options you do the more entries you have.
The competition runs until midnight on 17 September and the winner will be contacted via email.
Good luck xx
I attended the innocent smoothie day at Fruit Towers in exchange for an honest review of its new smoothie range.
This giveaway is open to UK & ROI residents aged 18 years + only. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter.
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Title page photo credit: Innocent Drinks
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.
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