Getting More Fruit & Veg in our Diet with LICKALIX & BABY CÜBES

I tried my first LICKALIX ice lolly just over a year ago at an Ocado event and I was immediately in love with the delicious treats. They quite simply ticked all the boxes for me. First of all, the ice lollies tasted amazing. I know, plural… I had three. Well, two of my girls were with me. It was a hot day. I had mine and finished theirs. 

After our refreshing treats, I got speaking to Hana, marketing mastermind at LICKALIX. I spent almost an hour chatting to Hana actually (she was really patient). I’d never heard of LICKALIX and I wanted to know everything as soon as I found out the ice lollies were organic, gluten-free, free from unnecessary ingredients, vegan and allergy friendly. It all sounded like a frozen version of Organix, one of the brands I am most passionate about!

I found out that LICKALIX was founded by Karis and Dominic. They had been unhappy in their jobs and decided to ‘find their happy’ by creating a small company with the right ethos that would make a difference (yes, yes, three times yes!). People who live their dreams inspire me, so my curiosity was piqued, naturally. 

Karis had always been making ice lollies for her friends and family so when they found out there were no natural, healthy ice lollies that were made with real whole fruit on the market, they thought it would be a great idea for a business.  The natural ice lollies are handmade and taste amazing.

They come in a range of interesting flavours for the whole family to enjoy and Lickalix sent us a few last month. They were all devoured in a couple of ‘ice lolly sessions’ (because we’re like that!), so I’ve stocked up again and the children had some with their friends after running around in the park this evening. My favourite at the moment is the Caribbean Twist flavour, but I would love to try the Alcoholic Pina Colada Poptail!

We've been trying to get more fruit and veg in our diet, but it's not always easy when you're time-poor. The new BABY CÜBES from LICKALIX have helped!

With the success of their ice lollies, LICKALIX have been going from strength to strength (I keep seeing them everywhere, from Jamie’s Italian to our local soft play centre) and after she had her son Rocco, Karis started batch cooking and freezing small portions of fruit and veg purees in ice cube trays. That’s how BABY CÜBES were born.

I knew Karis and the team were going to send me some to try, but I couldn’t wait and I got some on Ocado as soon as they launched, and I love them! The cubes can of course be used as baby purees, but they can also be added to meals for an extra portion of veg, or added to yoghurt, porridge, pancakes or sauces.

We've been trying to get more fruit and veg in our diet, but it's not always easy when you're time-poor. The new BABY CÜBES from LICKALIX have helped!

“Ultimately, the main thought behind the cubes is to help busy families who are short on time lead healthier lifestyles by eating delicious and healthy food that they may not have time to make themselves. By having BABY CÜBES in your freezer allows you to feed your family healthy alternatives with organic fruit and vegetables allowing you to spend more time having family fun.” (LICKALIX) There are four flavours in the range and they come in packs of twenty:

  • Orange pack: carrot, sweet potato, and butternut squash
  • Green pack: broccoli, spinach and peas
  • Red pack: strawberry, mango and apple
  • Peach pack: apricot and peach

All cubes are ‘free from’ and made with certified organic baby grade fruit and vegetables.  The first thing I made on the day of my Ocado delivery was a trio of mash. I simply made a lot of mashed potatoes. Once ready, I blended ten broccoli, spinach and pea BABY CÜBES in one small pan and a dozen carrot, sweet potato, and butternut squash BABY CÜBES in another one. I then added regular mash to the small pans to create a trio of mash.

We've been trying to get more fruit and veg in our diet, but it's not always easy when you're time-poor. The new BABY CÜBES from LICKALIX have helped!

Easy peasy and it gave our dinner a bit of oomph! It was perfect with our roast chicken that evening!

We've been trying to get more fruit and veg in our diet, but it's not always easy when you're time-poor. The new BABY CÜBES from LICKALIX have helped!

A couple of days later, LICKALIX delivered more ice lollies and BABY CÜBES to my house and we had quite a lot of fun with it all. When the lollies had been eaten, the children decided to make a boat with recyclable and biodegradable materials so they could try to float it on a nearby river. It was a huge success and it attracted quite a crowd of children!

We've been trying to get more fruit and veg in our diet, but it's not always easy when you're time-poor. The new BABY CÜBES from LICKALIX have helped!

We’ve really had fun with the BABY CÜBES, sometimes just adding them to our regular tomato sauce (for lasagne or Bolognese). I also used them to make quick and easy allergy-friendly pancakes for the children’s snacks (blog post here).

Our 3-Ingredient Gluten-free Vegan Pancakes are delicious, quick and easy to make, with 2 steps only: blend all ingredients together and cook the pancakes.

One of my favourite recipes using the BABY CÜBES is the really simple pizza sauce we made by just melting ten carrot, sweet potato, and butternut squash BABY CÜBES, adding in 4 tablespoons organic tomato paste, one crushed garlic clove and dried herbs. No salt, no seasoning needed. Wriggly put the sauce together all by herself and she was pretty pleased with her efforts!

We've been trying to get more fruit and veg in our diet, but it's not always easy when you're time-poor. The new BABY CÜBES from LICKALIX have helped!

I’d bought some small pizza bases from Napolina and we had a range of topping options (red onion, chorizo, sweetcorn, chopped peppers, cheese, ham). That was such a good and easy dinner!

We've been trying to get more fruit and veg in our diet, but it's not always easy when you're time-poor. The new BABY CÜBES from LICKALIX have helped!

We've been trying to get more fruit and veg in our diet, but it's not always easy when you're time-poor. The new BABY CÜBES from LICKALIX have helped!

I also made chicken burgers by blitzing together chicken breasts, breadcrumbs, an organic free range egg, carrot, sweet potato, and butternut squash BABY CÜBES, a little salt and pepper and herbs, then covering the burgers with more golden breadcrumbs before cooking in the oven. I served these babies with sweet potato chips and that was another hit!

We've been trying to get more fruit and veg in our diet, but it's not always easy when you're time-poor. The new BABY CÜBES from LICKALIX have helped!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

I have teamed up with LICKALIX to give one lucky reader a range of their products. To be in with a chance of winning just complete one or more entries below. Please note that the winner will have to be within a delivery postcode area for Ocado and be happy to share their name and address with LICKALIX to arrange delivery. For further T&Cs, see the giveaway box below. Good luck!

How to enter the giveaway:

You can pick and choose a range of ways in which to enter. The only one you must click on to get into the draw is the one asking you to leave a blog post comment. You must also leave a comment telling me what your favourite way to add fruit and veg to your diet is. Entries are open until 23.59 p.m. GMT time on Sunday 8th July 2018.

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Disclosure: I was sent some LICKALIX products for the purpose of this feature, but I wasn’t compensated in any way for this blog post. I genuinely love LICKALIX and order lollies (and now BABY CÜBES too) every time I make an order!

I have listed this giveaway on ThePrizeFinder, SuperLucky, Competition Database and Loquax.

103 Comments

  1. Jessica Barber
    07/07/2018 / 5:13 pm

    I love to incorporate all the veggies that need using up into a nice pasta sauce – lots of tomato, chilli and garlic and then anything else in the fridge!

  2. Natalie Gillham
    07/07/2018 / 6:16 pm

    I like to make fruit smoothies and love eating corn on the cobs as a side dish

  3. chloe brill
    07/07/2018 / 6:47 pm

    love making smoothies

  4. Simone Griffin
    07/07/2018 / 9:32 pm

    I find snacking on fruit like grapes, melon or mango works well for me at work x

  5. Emily Carter-Dunn
    07/07/2018 / 9:45 pm

    I love reducing the amount of meat I use, particularly mince, and bulking out a meal with veg.

    In a spag bol I have 250g of meat, chopped tomatoes, fresh cherry tomatoes, spinach and other wilty veg I can blend down into the sauce!

  6. Charlotte Cook
    07/07/2018 / 10:40 pm

    Grating veg into bolignase (etc) so they dissolve into the sauce

  7. Christopher Read
    08/07/2018 / 12:44 am

    Making fruit salads and smoothies. Thanks for running this comp.

  8. Catherine Bullas
    08/07/2018 / 12:59 am

    Smoothies and veg curry

  9. Andrew Seaman
    08/07/2018 / 2:14 am

    I enjoy fruit and vegetables over unhealthier foods such as crisps and sweets so they naturally find a way into my diet x

  10. Adrian Bold
    08/07/2018 / 2:30 am

    Definitely smoothies. But I also substitute a lot of snacking for fruits during the day,

  11. Danielle Pooley
    08/07/2018 / 8:42 am

    Definitely smoothies

  12. carol boffey
    08/07/2018 / 1:10 pm

    yummy smoothies

  13. Kerry Webber
    08/07/2018 / 3:28 pm

    It’s so easy to add extra veg into sauces and marinades!

  14. Clare Hubbard
    08/07/2018 / 3:29 pm

    I find it easy to have extra fruit and veg in a smoothie

  15. Samantha Lee Ann Buntain
    08/07/2018 / 3:46 pm

    I love lots of steamed vegetables, my son and partner also like vegetables so it’s rather easy to have vegetables in our diet x

  16. Carly Elford
    08/07/2018 / 3:47 pm

    Smoothies

  17. laura stewart
    08/07/2018 / 4:04 pm

    i enjoying making fruit salad x

  18. sharon martin
    08/07/2018 / 5:04 pm

    i like to make smoothies and milkshakes

  19. claire e davey
    08/07/2018 / 6:00 pm

    has to be fruit I ice-creams and pies but my son not too bad for fruit and veg

  20. Laura Khomutova
    08/07/2018 / 7:41 pm

    We love vegetable lasagna

  21. MARGARET TONNER
    08/07/2018 / 8:29 pm

    My own personal favourite has to be blending them into smoothies or in meals such as soup

  22. Nancy Bradford
    08/07/2018 / 8:42 pm

    I love my morning smoothie but hate the mess.

  23. James Travis
    08/07/2018 / 9:54 pm

    Smoothies and sauces

  24. 08/07/2018 / 10:54 pm

    I use a juicer machine and make a green juice using veg and fruit. A quick way to get it all in!

  25. Fiona jk42
    08/07/2018 / 11:01 pm

    I’m vegetarian so when my kids were young they were served lots of vegetable dishes. Once, at a friend’s BBQ, we were offered crudites with dip, and my son (aged 7 or 8) said “Yey! Raw brocolli!” and proceeded to grab handfuls of it. My friend was dumbfounded and said she couldn’t even get her kids to eat cooked brocolli, never mind raw! So my advice is to make sure they are given meals with only vegetables, and lots of vegetable snacks, from a young age.

    • Mel
      Author
      09/07/2018 / 1:52 pm

      That’s a great point! I’m not sure I’d eat raw broccoli (he he), but I agree with giving them lots of veg snacks 🙂

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