Monday 15 April 2013

#HealthySnackChat ~ Twitter Discussion

I've never had any trouble getting any of my children to eat fruit, they'll even eat a lot of veg. I can never understand when children (my own included) don't want to try all these sweet and colourful things, it makes me a bit sad because I feel they're missing out.

In a previous life I worked in Adult Education, working in various Community Buildings. I'd be the last to leave and had to bring everything with me, which would include any leftover lunch - including huge trays of fruit. I couldn't and wouldn't ever throw them out, it'd be criminal, so I'd take them home. Boy no.2 and my daughter would be delighted if I went to fetch them from school in the car, because they'd know I'd been off somewhere at work and the first question would always be 'is there any pudding left?'

In a bit of a change from usual I'm joining with 3 other bloggers for the next week to promote healthy eating.

Along with Anna from In The Playroom, Eileen from ET Speaks From Home and Pippa from Red Rose Mummy I'll be helping host a Twitter discussion and competition to win family prizes promoting healthy eating.

We want YOUR ideas for how to encourage reluctant children to eat things that are good for them, and we also want to know what you think is healthy?

We have been sponsored by SA Fruit, who have provided us with 2 x family picnic rucksacks to give away . They explain in their blurb ~

"South African Fruit is affordable, produced in a sustainable manner and fairly traded. The fruit industry creates jobs and is empowering previously disadvantaged workers, who are now  taking on management and ownership roles." 

For a chance to win one of the Family Picnic Rucksacks, retweet this Twitter status before 10am on Monday 22nd April 2013.

For a chance to win the second Family Picnic Rucksack and other spot prizes join us between 10.30am and 11.30am on Monday 22nd April on Twitter using the hashtag #healthysnackchat

You MUST be following at least one of the hosts to be eligible to win @etspeaksfrom, @redrosemummy, @TheBrickCastle and @ummziyad

SA Fruit also kindly sent me a selection of the fruits they export to Britain when our home-grown fruit is out of season. These are available nationwide in supermarkets.

We were sent Comice Pears, Red Williams Pears, Royal Gala Apples, Sonogold Plums and Angeleno Plums

Knowing full well that people of all ages eat far more fruit if it is cut up, I presented my 2 little boys and my partner with a bowlful each. Every piece was delicious and sweet, but we were all particularly impressed with the Red Williams Pears, the flavour was gorgeous. The plums were not bitter at all, and the apples had just the right amount of tang.

Hope to see you at the Twitter party! #HealthySnackChat

T&C below for the competition:

Terms and Conditions:1. Open to UK residents only.
2. One picnic rucksack will be won by someone tweeting the #healthysnackchat promotional tweet between 00:01 on Monday 15th April and 10:00 on Monday 22nd April.
3. One picnic rucksack will be won by someone tweeting one of the #healthysnackchat party tweets between 10:00 and 12:00 on Monday 22nd April.
4. Small prizes will be won by participants in the #healthysnackchat party every fifteen minutes during the party’s running time. 10:30-10:45, 10:46-11:00, 11:01-11:15 and 11:16-11:30.
5. Winners will be chosen at random from all qualifying tweets.
6. Winners will be chosen by @etspeaksfrom, @redrosemummy, @TheBrickCastle and @ummziyad.
7. The picnic rucksacks prizes will be sent direct from the PR company, winner’s details will be passed on to them for prize fulfillment. Small prizes will be sent by @etspeaksfrom.
8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
9. Winners will be notified via Twitter DM, you must be following one of the following Twitter accounts to be notified – @etspeaksfrom, @redrosemummy, @TheBrickCastle and @ummziyad.
10. Please kindly follow our sponsor @SAFruits too.  Thank you.


  1. Have told Anna I'll try to remember to join you for first half hour before pre-school pick up :)

    1. That'll be great - you don't have to stay for the full hour, but please give a few opinions or hints and tips before you leave :)

  2. My fussiest eater is the Hubbie not the little one, although she does take after her dad!
    My way of making them eat veg, which they would otherwise not consider (eg mushrooms): mix it into meatloaf :) or meatballs. Anything chopped small and mixed into other stuff like pasta and couscous works. What they can not see, isn't there right?

    1. Definitely. Last night there were 9 for tea and made a huge pot of pasta sauce which I blended courgette, onion, mushrooms, tomatoes and peppers into :)

  3. Winners for the mini prizes are

    Winners for the rucksack are

  4. thanks, we are big fruit fans, and I am very sure will make use of the rucksac. Especially if we get a nice hot summer! :-)

    1. We can keep our fingers crossed anyway! Thank you for entering :)

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