Teddy Bear’s Picnic with Aldi – #MamiaDaysOut Challenge
*Disclosure : This post is an entry for BritMums #MamiaDaysOut Linky Challenge, sponsored by Aldi Mamia*

We were recently invited to take part in the #MamiaDaysOut challenge with Aldi, for the challenge we simply had to enjoy a day out using Mamia products, which was super easy for us as we swear by Aldi Mamia, we have always used their nappies & wipes and we always have a stock of their baby food and snacks in the cupboard.

teddy bear's picnic with Aldi - my entry to the Aldi #mamiadaysout challenge with Britmums - showcasing how Aldi Mamia products can be used on a family day out

Armed with a blanket, fairy lights, chairs, a picnic basket full of food and, of course, teddy bears, Aria and I decided to build a blanket fort to sit underneath to enjoy our Teddy Bear’s picnic. Aria and I have never built a blanket fort before (I know, bad mother) and to say she was excited is a massive understatement. And then she saw the food, she almost spontaniously combusted with excitement. 

aldi picnic hamper containing everything you need for a teddy bear's picnic with a toddler - snacks from the Mamia range, mamia wet wipes and a drink

The Mamia snack range is fab, the products are made using 100% organic ingredients, they have no hidden nasties, not even sugar, and they are very purse friendly. Buying the best for your children isn’t always easy when you are struggling to pay the bills, but with Aldi it is.

aldi mamia picnic hamper, baby gazing into hamper full of food and teddy bear's for teddy bear's picnic

Aria is a lot like her mother, in that she loves food. Her eyes lit up when I placed this hamper full of food in front of her. She quickly forgot about the magical blanket fort and thought only of her stomach. 

Aldi mamia fruit pouches

Of course the first items that little madam grabbed were the fruit pouches, these are a firm favourite of both mine and Aria’s. I love them because they are easy to pop into my bag for a snack while out and about, they are easy for Aria to eat, require no preparation and they are super healthy. Aria loves them because, well, they taste nice! 
Has your little one tried the Mamia range? If not, why not? With prices starting from just 59p it would be silly not to! 

Review : Monstrously Healthy Children’s Food From Bear

We’re always looking for healthy snacks for Aria, she has three meals a day but some days she just wants more, or needs something to tide her over while she is impatiently waiting for her food to cook. We’re also always looking for ways to sneak fruit and veg into Aria’s diet as she isn’t much of a fan. When we were asked if we would like to trial some healthy snacks from Bear* we couldn’t resist!

Blog Review of Monstrously Healthy Children's Food From Bear - a selection of healthy bear foods including snacks and sweets and cereal

Bear snacks in paw shapes yoyo shape and monster shapes, build your own monster with healthy children's fruit & veg snacks

We were sent a range of foods, with the main focus being on their new pure fruit and veg nibbles, Claws. Claws are 100% fruit and veg mashed into monster shapes, one third of the ingredients is veg with no added nonsense. They are available in four delicious flavours: strawberry & butternut; apple, pear & pumpkin; blackcurrant & beetroot; and mango & carrot. They are lower in natural sugar than a small fresh apple and any other kids fruit snack. Bear only ever pick fruit and veg that is in season, which means that they don’t need to add any sugar, salt, concentrates, or stabilisers.

We also tried Multigrain Alphabites by Bear. These are made with just six ingredients: barley, oats, corn, rice, wheat and coconut nectar. Alphabites are naturally high in calcium and contain no refined sugar or added nonsense. I did try and take a photo of my blog name spelt out with Alphabites but Kitty kept eating them.

black and white cat with moustache eating children's alphabites breakfast cereal

Other products we received were pure fruit Yo Yos and Safari Paws, both of these are pure fruit shapes with no added nonsense.

The Bear range is appealing to children because they look more like sweets than fruit, they come in a range of fun shapes and some of the ranges also come with collectable cards. They are appealing to adults because they are a great way of getting your little ones to eat some fruit and veg, they are in small, snack size pack so great to take out and about, they require no preparation and are lunch box friendly.

So, how did we find the Bear products? I’ll start with a bit of background about Aria’s eating habits. Fruit and veg are usually thrown straight on the floor, I have to dice veg up teeny tiny in things like lasagne or buy her frozen veggie fingers to get her to eat it, fruit has to be served in a bowl of custard before she will eat it, even then she often eats the custard, pulls the fruit back out of her mouth and throws it on the floor. The only veg she will willingly eat is peas, one by one.

She really enjoyed the Alphabites, both eating and playing with them. The first mouthful was spat out as she has always had warm weetabix or porridge for cereal so I guess these with the cold milk was a bit of a shock, once she got over that she thoroughly enjoyed them. Unfortunately the rest of the products weren’t so successful. She enjoyed playing with the fruit shapes and having the odd lick here and there, but eventually they all ended up on the floor.

baby sat in high chair playing with Alphabites cereal putting the hoops on her fingers

Aria throwing them on the floor isn’t because they aren’t nice, I actually really enjoy them and I’ll be honest, I’m not too upset about the fact that I’m now left with a couple of packets that I’ll just have to eat to save them going to waste!

Now, if Bear could just invent chocolate that contains one of your five a day that would be great!

The Bear range is available in all UK supermarkets and many high street stores and cafes. They can also be bought online at Amazon and other places.

Does your child eat fruit and veg? Do they like it or do you have to hide it in other food?