Introducing our Fruitivators!

We are so excited to introduce some brand new Fruit Bowl family members to our team.. meet our Fruitivators!

Our inspirational Fruitivators are Fruit Bowl’s biggest fans and will be sharing fruity news, new product reviews and some exclusive competitions and recipes with you. Follow them on social media to find out more!

Introducing..

 Racheal BurfordRachael Burford, Harlequins and England Rugby
@RachaelBurf12

How does Fruit Bowl fit into your life?
Fruit Bowl fits easily into my daily life, I’m always on the go, from work to training to meetings. I spend a lot of time in the car travelling from one thing to the next so I keep some Fruit Bowl Peelers in my glove box to give me a little pick me up when I’ve finished training/work and on my way to the next thing!

What is your favourite product?
The Peelers are my favourite- taste delicious, sweet and fruity and handy portion side.

What are your top 5 snacking tips?
– Think fuel- why are you snacking? Because you’re bored? or because you are having an energy dip?
– Drink water with snacks
– Try and eat something every 3 hours
– Keep your snacks no more than 200 calories
– Mix your snacks up, try different things, fruit, yoghurts, eggs, protein sources etc


Emily DeforandEmily Defroand, England Hockey
@EmilyDefroand

How does Fruit Bowl fit into your life?
In my opinion, Fruit Bowl provide the best snacks around! They are a delicious, fruity snack that can appeal to absolutely everyone and play a big influence on my day to day routine as an international hockey player.

What is your favourite product?
That is a very hard question although I would have to say my favourite product is my go-to pre-game snack – the Yogurt Coated Strawberry Flakes. They not only provide me with 1 of my 5 a day but also give me a refreshing, sweet boost before stepping onto the hockey pitch.

What are your top 5 snacking tips?
– Always be prepared – no matter where you go, whether it’s to a training session, out shopping, to school etc, always carry a snack with you. In my case I won’t go anywhere without a bag of Fruit Flakes and/or a piece of fruit.
– Try to plan your snack based on your day ahead. For example, if you have a busy day at school, work or even a heavy training session make sure you have a more substantial snack compared to a day at home relaxing. For example a snack on a busy day may be fruit and yoghurt topped with some Fruit Flakes compared to snacking on a Fruit Peeler or a handful of nuts on a day of relaxation.
– One of the key messages our GB Hockey nutritionist Emma Gardner says is how important it is to snack throughout the day to avoid overeating at meal times. I try to protein pulse throughout the day, preferably every 3 hours, to achieve this.
– Whether it is Fruit Flakes, Fruit Peelers or School Bars, I think it is so important to vary the snacks you consume. This means you won’t get bored of what you’re snacking on!
– And finally, it’s okay to have a “naughty” snack once in a while.. with all food, everything in moderation!

HarrisonHarrison Wright, Radio 1 Teen Hero and Healthy Eating Advocate
@HarrisonsWeightLossJourney

How does Fruit Bowl fit into your life?
Fruit Bowl to me isn’t replacing fresh fruit but as a replacement for a chocolate bar, cereal bar and sweets.  I take Fruit Bowl as a snack to school and it is good because it doesn’t take up to much room in my bag, also it stays fresh and does not melt or get crunched up.  My mum also likes Fruit Bowl so she keeps some in her bag for when we are out and about.

Is it a family favourite?
No because I like them so much I keep them all.. JOKES!! My cousin and my aunt both love them they always dip in to our snack tin…

What is your favourite product?
They are all really nice however my favourite is the Strawberry Yogurt Flakes, they are so creamy and a bit NAUGHTY!

What are your top 5 snacking tips for you and your and family?
-Have a small snack tin but only have healthy snacks in there.
-Have to be 100 calories or less!!
-Only two snacks a day
-Have things that will curve a sweet craving.
-Spread the snacks across the day.

ctz0hvbc_400x400.jpgSuzy Pelta, ITV’s Lorraine Bake Club Winner and Cook Book Author
@SuzyPelta

How does Fruit Bowl fit into your life?
I always have Fruit Bowl snacks in my handbag, in my car and in my house! They are great for a quick convenient healthier snack for the kids. And it is better than reaching for chocolate or sweets.

What is your favourite product?
My children love the School Bars and Fruit Flakes and I am partial to a packet (or 2) of Yogurt Coated Raisins.

What are your top 5 snacking tips for you and your and family?
-Be prepared. Keep snacks handy for all snack emergencies.
-A snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon can just help to delay lunch and dinner, so we can all eat together as a family.
-It sounds obvious, but only keep snacks in your house that you want the family to eat. If you want to limit their chocolate intake then don’t keep a lot of chocolate in.
-Fruit Bowl snacks are great to give the children a healthy energy boost before their after school activities.
-If children are aware of and practice healthy snack decisions then that is going to carry through into adulthood.

peter.jpgPeter Sidwell, TV Chef and Food Writer
@PeterSidwell

How does Fruit Bowl fit into your life?
I have two children who are always hungry and busy so Fruit Bowl offers a great on the go snack and for pack lunches.. they love the peelers.

What is your favourite product?
My favourite is the Yogurt Raisins, my children’s favourite are the Mango Fruit Flakes on their porridge.

What are your top 5 snacking tips for you and your and family?
-Always have some snacks in your bag or car.
-Mix it up, always have a variety of snacks.
-Try and limit snacks
-Get your children to make the snack with you so learn about food prep.
-Fruit Bowl’s range offer a great range of snacks which are enjoyed by me and my family.

Theo-Michaels.jpg.galleryTheo Micheals, MasterChef Finalist and Food Writer
@TheoCooks

How does Fruit Bowl fit into your life?
-Fruit Bowl serves as a quick and healthy means for the kids (and me!) to have a quick snack that isn’t full of sugar and naughty ingredients.

What is your favourite product?
The Strawberry Picked & Pressed bars! Just fruit pressed and baked!

What are your top 5 snacking tips for you and your and family?
-Don’t snack just before a meal – you won’t eat your dinner!
-Wait for your food to go down before snacking – often you’ll feel full once your body has digested your meal.
-Snacking is a good way to eat something small to stave off the hunger until a proper meal is ready.
-Don’t over indulge – a snack is a snack; it’s not a substitute for eating a proper meal.
-Keep a few on you, especially with kids their temperament can change (and mine!) if we’re hungry so a quick snack can make for an easier life!

 

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Suzy Pelta’s Mothers Day Fruit Flake Cheesecakes!

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This Mother’s Day we wanted to share a delicious recipe from our brand new Fruitivator,  Suzy Pelta. We also asked her how she will be enjoying Mother’s Day.

 What is your perfect Mother’s Day? 
My perfect Mother’s Day would involve breakfast in bed, lots of cards and I’m not going to lie, a present would be nice too! Then a yummy lunch out somewhere and perhaps an afternoon on the sofa watching a film. Oh and a day free of children arguing with each other would be nice too!

How will your children be making you feel special this weekend? 
My kids are actually pretty good at making me feel special! They often write me little notes or text me to tell me they love me. More of that this weekend would be perfect.

How do you juggle your busy working life and family life? 
I am a big list writer and I always try to stay as organised as possible. I’m also very lucky to have a very supportive husband and we really are a team.

What are your top tips for baking with children? 
Pick a super easy recipe to start off with and let the kids experience mixing, cracking eggs, weighing etc. Just have lots and lots of fun! Oh and don’t be afraid of the mess that comes with baking with children! (And believe me, it’s taken me a long time time to realise this!)

Now for a yummy recipe from Suzy herself..

Mothers Day Fruit Flake Mini Cheesecakes 

Make easy bite sized fruit flake filled cheesecakes for mum this Mothers Day to show her how much you love her.

Ingredients:

3 digestive biscuits
3 ginger biscuits
35g unsalted butter
15g light brown sugar
450g cream cheese
100g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 packet of fruit flakes
Squirty cream & fruit flakes to decorate
You will need a 12 hole deep muffin tin lined with 12 muffin/large cupcake paper cases

 Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 160.
  2. Place all of your biscuits in a sandwich bag and carefully bash them with a rolling pin to turn them into crumbs.
  3. Melt the butter in the microwave for 20-30 seconds.
  4. Add the biscuit crumbs to the melted butter, along with the light brown sugar and mix well.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases, making sure there are equal amounts in each and set aside.
  6. In the bowl of a stand mixer, (or using a bowl and hand held mixer) beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until they just come together.
  7. Beat in each egg, stopping as soon as it is fully incorporated. (Do not over mix.)
  8. Stir in a packet of your favourite flavour fruit flakes.
  9. Spoon the cheesecake mixture over the biscuit base. You should have enough mixture to completely fill each paper case.
  10. Put the tray in the oven for 20-25 minutes. When done, the cheesecakes will still have a little bit of a wobble. (Don’t worry if they crack in the oven. As they cool, they will magically re-join up!)
  11. Leave the cheesecakes to cool in their tray on a wire rack for about 1 hour. Then pop them in the fridge for at least another hour to chill, but you can leave them longer. (Do not cover them with cling film as that may stick to the cheesecakes and also may cause them to ‘sweat’)
  12. When ready to serve, remove the cheesecakes from their paper liners, top with squirty cream and more fruit flakes.
    These cheesecakes will keep for up to 3 days and should be stored in the fridge.

Half Term Fruity Fun!

Its February half term (didn’t that come round quick!) which is full of foodie events this year, including Shrove Tuesday and Valentines day to name a few!  So if you are looking for activities to keep your little valentines occupied during their week off, then look no further than our brand new Fruit Bowl recipes!

How about making a yummy chocolate mousse to enjoy on the 14th? Or kicking the unhealthy toppings in favour of our 1 of your 5 a day Fruit Flakes on Shrove Tuesday? (or for breakfast everyday this week for that matter!)

Both recipes are easy to make and are a great way to get some fruity goodness into fussy eaters. Don’t forget to send us a photo of you and your little ones spending some time together in the kitchen!

February-chocolate-mousse-(1)

Valentines Chocolate Mousse
Makes 6

You will need..
2 packs (18g) Fruit Bowl Blackcurrant Fruit Flakes
170g good-quality dark chocolate (minimum 60% cocoa solids)
7 free-range egg whites
¼ tsp lemon juice
3 tbsp dark chocolate powder
40g caster sugar

Method
1. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of hot water
2. Add the Fruit Flakes to the chocolate and stir
3. Leave to cool
4. Whisk the egg whites and lemon juice until they form soft peaks
5. Add the sugar and continue to whisk until the egg whites form firm peaks
6. Fold one-third of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture until well combined
7. Carefully fold in the remaining egg whites, making sure to keep as much air in the mixture as possible
8. Spoon or pipe the mousse mixture into a martini glass or bowl
9. Chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours, or until set
10. Serve with cream and a scattering of extra Fruit Flakes
11. Send us a photo of your #fruitbowlchocmousse

March-pancakes-(2)

Rainbow Pancakes
Makes 12

You will need..
1 pack (18g)  Fruit Bowl Raspberry Fruit Flakes
1 pack (18g)  Fruit Bowl Blackcurrant Fruit Flakes
1 pack (18g)  Fruit Bowl Mango Fruit Flakes
1 pack (18g)  Fruit Bowl Strawberry Fruit Flakes
200g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp. golden caster sugar
½ tbsp. vanilla extract
200ml milk
3 eggs
25g butter for frying
Red, yellow, green and blue gel food colouring

Method
1. Add the flour, baking powder, sugar, vanilla, milk and eggs to a large bowl and mix well until completely smooth
2. Pour the mixture into 5 bowls
3. Add a small amount of food colouring into each bowl using a different colour for each mix (yellow, blue, red, green, no colour). Stir until mixed into each
4. Combine the Fruit Bowl Fruit Flakes in another bowl
5. Melt a small knob of butter in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat
6. Once the butter is melted and the pan is hot, add a small amount of mix to the centre of the pan
7. Sprinkle the Fruit Flakes over the centre of the pancake
8. Once air bubbles start forming on the pancake it’s time to flip (this usually takes about 1 minute)
9. Fry until air bubbles start forming on this side and the batter is cooked
10. Repeat frying process with each of the coloured mixtures
11. Stack the different coloured pancakes to make a rainbow
12. Send us a photo of your #fruitbowlrainbowpancakes