Foraging for fruit with Robinsons Fruit Shoot

Robinsons Fruit Shoot has long been a favourite of my children’s for picnics, days out and treats so we were pleased to take Fruit Shoot up on their foraging challenge which incorporated foraging to find our own fruit and then inventing our own new Fruit Shoot flavour.

Armed with a hamper of goodies to get us going we started by looking through the ‘Food for Free’ book to get an idea of what to look for along with reading the hints and tips list created by expert Fergus Drennan to ensure we followed safety and a guide to common things that can be at this time of year.

We headed outside and the children were happy to spot some apple trees and wild blackberries.  Unfortunately most of the blackberries were yet to ripen but we did manage to get a couple which we took home to wash and eat.  I let the children enjoy them and apparently they were very juicy and delicious!  We are going to try some of the apples cooked in a tart to see what they are like but the children loved the idea that we had picked our own fruit and could actually eat it.  We also want to collect some more blackberries once they have ripened to try and make some mini ice lollies with the moulds from our hamper.

Obviously we needed some refreshment after all that foraging so Robinsons Fruit Shoot in Summer Fruits flavour proved a popular choice and was the perfect refreshment for a day outdoors.

With our foraging trip over and feeling greatly inspired by our findings it was time to head home to invent our own Fruit Shoot flavour.

The children sat quietly engrossed in their new Fruit Shoot designs, I was really impressed with their finished pictures.  The 9yr old Miss M came up with an Apple & Strawberry flavour and 6yr old Mister B fancied Blueberry & Orange.

I think they did really well and loved exploring what fruit can be found outdoors.  It just goes to show that fruit can be fun and a little imagination can go a long way.  We thoroughly enjoyed our Fruit Shoot adventure and look forward to enjoying a lot more foraging trips in the future!

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the product in order to write an honest review.

 

 

Enjoying More Water with Robinsons Squash’d

With the Summer upon us, keeping the children hydrated is really important.  They love to run around outside and play as much as they can, but with the added heat of the sun I try to ensure they always have a fresh, cool drink on hand to encourage them to keep drinking.

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Although my two children do drink a fair bit, I know they should be drinking more, especially in the heat, but I know they do get bored of drinking the same flavour drink, be it plain water or squash again and again.

This is where Robinsons come in with their range of Robinsons Squash’d, which comes in small handy bottles of super concentrated squash, making them ideal for taking out and about with you, in your handbag or wherever you happen to be as all it requires is a quick squirt in water to give you a glass or bottle of tasty juice!

With six flavours available, there really is something for all taste buds an I’d have to say Lemon & Lime is my favourite.

  • Summer Fruits
  • Apple & Blackcurrant
  • Orange & Peach
  • Passion Fruit & Mango
  • Citrus
  • Lemon & Lime

What I like about these is not only are they portable, but they are so small and easy to hold, that the kids can make their own drinks.  Often I’m not keen on them attempting to pour from a large bottle of squash, but these make it simple, which also makes it fun and encourages the children to make their own drink which in itself makes them drink more!

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Miss M loves experimenting with different flavours but Apple & Blackcurrant is one of her favourites.  She is exceptionally sporty (not sure where that gene came from!) and spends as much time as possible carrying out, outdoor pursuits being it climbing, roller blading, sailing, football, rugby etc.  Therefore I always have to ensure she has plenty of liquid refreshments with her.  I want her to stay hydrated to keep her energy levels up and ensure that she doesn’t dehydrate.

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My tips for ensuring children drink enough and keep hydrated are to:

  1. Let kids pick their own flavour and make their own bottle of squash – that way they are more likely to try it!
  2. Vary the flavours and options available to kids so they don’t get bored.
  3. Always keep a child friendly bottle to hand as kids love something fun and interesting to drink out of.
  4. Turn the drink into a slush!  Crush some ice and flavour it with Robinsons Squash’d.
  5. Make flavoured ice cubes or ice lollies for hot, sunny days – it keeps the kids refreshed and they taste great.

This post is an entry for BritMums #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge, sponsored by Robinsons

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