Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Mummy Must Have Review | Adventure Snacks

Having a child with lots of food allergies means I'm usually cooking everything from scratch. She very rarely gets to eat anything out of a packet and when she does its usually from the health food aisle. The rest of the time I'm slaving away in the kitchen or she's eating something simple like sultanas or coconut yoghurt as snacks. I pretty much don't eat snacks around her either because if I eat anything that she can't have and she catches me all hell breaks loose, especially when I'm trying to explain to her that she can't eat it because she has allergies {which she still doesn't understand yet}. Its easier to just avoid eating things in front of her, by sneaking food behind the pantry doors.

I've recently discovered Adventure Snacks, a company which makes healthy and convenient snacks for busy mums. Founder of Adventure Snacks, Tracey, started the company to fill a void for mums who want to create healthy snacks for their kids and themselves. She's created a number of ready to make packet mixes so mums have all the ingredients on hand to create healthy recipes, free from refined sugar and preservatives, quickly without having to go to the supermarket to grab a heap of items. All you need to add are some basics from the pantry like milk or butter. There's also a new range of ready to eat dried fruit and trail mix snacks.

SULTANA, OAT AND CARROT COOKIES


I have to admit, I've never baked cookies before - from a packet mix or from scratch. I know its probably a bit sacrilegious to admit I'm a mum who's never baked cookies, but there you go. The reason being I don't want her to be eating sugar loaded sweet cookies all the time {plus I don't need to be eating any more sugary treats either} and I naively thought all cookies were sweet ones. I was so excited to see Adventure Snacks have a healthy cookie recipe {and even more excited that it sneaks carrot which bub currently refuses to eat}.


The best way I could describe the sultana, oat & carrot cookies is similar to an Anzac biscuit {although I may just be thinking that because the oats reminded me of Anzac biscuits}. You can't taste the carrot at all so the kids will never know its in there. I found them to be a little dry more like a biscuit texture rather than a chewy cookie, although I did overcook mine a little bit {like I said I've never made cookies before}. It didn't stop my mum stealing them for herself though, and she doesn't even like sultanas.



CRANBERRY, FIG & SEED BALLS


Bliss balls are one of those things I've always wanted to try making, but have been too scared to actually do it. I've always been a bit lost about what to put in them {there's so many different versions out there}, plus I don't have a huge stash of nuts and seeds sitting at home that I can use, should the desire to make them arise on a whim. I'm not about to rush out to the supermarket just to buy all the ingredients to make them, to me that kind of defeats the purpose of them because they're meant to be quick and easy. The cranberry, fig & seed balls packet mix makes it so easy to make bliss balls. It literally took me about 3 minutes to make them.


The packet mix has everything you need in it except coconut oil. Preparing them literally meant whizzing them in the food processor for a few minutes and then rolling them into balls. So easy! Admittedly I did skip rolling them in desiccated coconut after {because I don't like the texture of coconut}, but that would only take an extra minute or two. If you're a fan of sultanas, cranberries and figs then these will be your idea of heaven.


READY TO EAT SNACKS


Tracey has also recently added a range of ready to eat snacks in addition to the packet mixes. The snack packs include trail mixes and dried organic, preservative free fruits. We've tried the natural sultanas and the dried mango and papaya. Bub loves the sultanas, every time she has them she always asks "more tanies pease" and ends up having 2-3 bowls of them in a row. I'm in love with the dried mango and papaya, it tastes exactly like eating the normal fruit, but you don't feel like you're eating as much. Bub liked the mango but she's not a fan of having to chew it, which is fine by me because it means there's more for mummy. It also gives me a healthier alternative when I'm in a grazing mood and would normally turn to sneaking lollies in the pantry.


One of the things I love about Adventure Snacks is that you can make the packet mixes dairy free if you want to. It's so hard for me to find packet versions of almost anything which are completely dairy free + don't contain any of bub's other allergens, but Adventure Snacks has a good range of foods that are ok for bub to eat. There's also gluten free and vegan friendly choices.

While the packet mixes may appear a bit expensive to some, when you break down the cost of buying all the individual organic ingredients you'd need to make them from scratch it actually works out alright. Plus sometimes you can't put a price on convenience {like when you have a cranky toddler screaming at you for food NOW}. If you're unsure of whether your kids will like the flavours and don't want to buy an entire mix incase it goes to waste, you can try the trial pack which includes smaller packets of the sultana, oat and carrot cookies, choc-beet muffins and cranberry, fig & seed balls for $25.


Are you a packet mix or cook from scratch kind of person? 

Toni x

Disclosure - I was provided some trial packs of the mentioned Adventure Snack items in order to review them. All opinions expressed are my own based on our experience with the items. I did not receive payment for this review.

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10 comments:

  1. I'm usually a bought packet or cook from scratch. Either all or nothing really. :) But my kids are pretty ok with food, and though while one does better without dairy, she can have small amounts safely.
    It must be really hard for you negotiating several allergies. :(

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    1. Its so hard! I'm hoping she eventually grows out of some of them. More for her sake so she can eat more things.

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  2. It must be really hard for you. I can't even imagine. I've never really bought packet mixes before. I usually cook from scratch or grab something pre made.

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    1. Its certainly a lot more time consuming that's for sure. I sometimes envy the other mums who can go to the shops and buy anything and give it to their kids without fearing they'll have a reaction.

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  3. I seem to have found my groove to cook from scratch again, and the difference in taste is awesome!

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  4. Packet mixes are convenient! These ones sound better than most others I've seen!

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    1. They save so much time. These ones are definitely healthier than a lot I've seen.

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  5. Wow! These look great and just what I am looking for. I swear Little Miss Raj eats snacks loaded with sugar and these looks perfect! Great review

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    1. One of the only good things about bub not being able to have much packaged foods due to her allergies is that she doesn't eat much sugar {although she has discovered lollies}.

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