Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Children Fuel with Cheestrings and Yollies

I don't know if it's a boy thing, but my son always seems to have his head in the fridge these days. He can be quite a fussy eater, but that doesn't mean he doesn't want to be eating something most of the time. I try to keep sweets and chocolate to a minimum, so its always handy to have snacks around that will have a nutritious benefit to him instead. I also understand that busy boys need a lot of refuelling in order to be the best at football, exploring, climbing, den building or other important occupations synonymous with a well-spent childhood!

Boy in Tree
Boys will be boys!

We have been fans of Cheestrings for years, ever since L started school. It's always been important to me that he gets enough calcium, to protect his bones and teeth. Cheestrings are such fun, I know they will always be the first thing he eats from his lunchbox. So, over half term, I have carried on the tradition by packing a cheestring in his backpack for his adventures. We were sent some by Kerry Foods, who we've worked with before, here. Also in the package were a relatively new product, Yollies, which we were really keen to try. It was quite funny because the Asda delivery driver gave me a pretty intense interview, as he was really curious to know why I had an order of just Cheestrings and Yollies. He must have thought I had a serious habit! Anyway, I digress. The reason I was keen to try Yollies is because I like the idea of yoghurt for picnics and lunchboxes, but it's always so messy. Not anymore though. These 'yoghurt lollies' (see what they did there?!) are made with extra thick yoghurt, so they a fairly solid texture that is consumed in about three bites (or that might just be my kids), so there is no residue bouncing around the lunch box for the rest of the day.

Yollie Packaging

There are lots of little touches that make Yollies really appealing to children. The characters are really cute and when the Yollie is finished the stick features a printed letter, so that they can be collected to make names or words. You can also eat them frozen, as an alternative to ice cream. This is a big plus point if you have really little ones, as they are not too big for a small person to manage a whole one. The best bit though, is the Brave Bones Club website. It is a really humorous and fun online club that children can join. It encourages adventurous play with online badges and challenges. I fully support any initiatives that encourage outdoor activities for children, particularly with the lure of Minecraft always firmly in the background!

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