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Monday, May 11, 2009

Organix Review

Organix was created in 1992 by Lizzie Vann to campaign for better food for babies and children and to offer parents a range of foods that are a healthier alternative to home cooking without compromising on taste, quality and nutrition.

As a child, Lizzie suffered many ailments that now as an adult, she believes were linked to foo
d. That was one of her main reasons for setting up Organix. She wanted to make a real difference!

Organix asked me to review their products with Drew, so how could I say no???

Their product range provides healthy foods for babies, toddlers ('Goodies') and older children ('No Junk'). Their
babyfood range begins with simple baby rice, pureed fruits suitable for stage 1 (4 to 6 months) and stage 2 (7 to 9 months) moving on to finger foods for babies such as Rice Cakes, Crunchy Carrot Sticks and Crunchy Sweetcorn Rings suitable for stage 2 (7-9 months). The 'Goodies' biscuits are sweetened with grape juice instead of processed sugar and no nasty additives. All are made with wholegrain flour, to increase the fibre and vitamin levels, which so I'm told, is good for keeping poohs solid!

From speaking to my Community Midwife, I know that some toddlers eat too much salt, fat and sugar which can result in health problems later in life. Nasty nutrients which are found in many snacks including toddlers lunch box snacks, alongside all sorts of unnecessary food additives, preservatives and colourings.

The 'Goodies' snacks for toddlers come with Organix ‘No Junk Promise’. Each food they make will always be safe, pure and nutritious.

The Organix range is very cleverly packaged. Brightly coloured cardboard packaging, colours dependent upon the flavour and the cardboard is 100% recycled, so make sure YOU recycle after your toddler has finished playing with the box! The cereal bars for toddlers are covered in shiny foil wrappers in an array of bright colours and are easy to open on the run!

As soon as you open the cereal bars, you are hit with an amazing smell of fruits. Dark in colour, the bar is smooth and soft so can easily bitten into by a child with few teeth and it can be easily broken into small bite size pieces with minimal effort.

Drew LOVES the cereal bars, but rarely eats a whole one during one meal. However, they are a handy-sized snack to tuck into your handbag and a quick easy healthy fix for your child.

Okay, so dried fruit sounds pretty boring, BUT Organix have a range of different products that are lip-smackingly more-ish! Sultanas & Chopped Apricots, Raisins & Sultanas, Banana & Date Fruit Bar, Date & Apple Fruit Bar. Counting towards one of your 'five a day', these are a winner if you're out and about and you've got a whiny baby on your hands! Even better, Drew can be kept busy for a while with these dried fruit snacks in her nifty 'Snack Catcher'! Friends from my antenatal group introduced me to this product, bought from my local Asda store for about £3.00, made by Munchkin.

Organix also provide a range of packet savoury snacks which are very low in saturated fat. They are baked instead of fried and no artificial flavours either.

I should point out that I don't just give Drew a range of Organix products each mealtime. These products are given as additional snacks between meals or in addition to her lunch, dinner or tea. In fact, Organix recommend that any snack should be limited to a ‘treat’ and only fed on special occasions.

For babies, Organix offer several different fruit purees, veggie and meat meals, rice cakes, and packet finger foods. I tended to go for making my own fruit puree and meals once I'd bought my hand-blender as its THE cheapest option and you know exactly what your baby is consuming. However, these products for babies are a great addition to have in your kitchen cupboard... especially when you've forgotten to get one of your purees out of the freezer to defrost! Don't say it'll never happen to you...cos it will!!

I don't think there's any Organix product that Drew hasn't tried and tested and I would highly recommend their range, but in the end, you just can't beat REAL fresh fruit...BUT Organix is definitely the next best thing...and Drew would agree!!

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