1. Annabel Karmel’s Frozen Kids Meals, Annabel Karmel, £1.50, MadeForMums Joint Gold Award Winner
Our joint gold winner comes from weaning guru Annabel Karmel, who has 25 years of expertise under her belt. This range of frozen dishes for kids aged 1-4 years ticks all the boxes you’re looking for when you don’t have time to start from scratch.
The meals are low in salt, include one of their five-a-day, and are free from artificial additives and preservatives. If that’s not enough, they also use only British beef and responsibly sourced fish, and have the seal of approval from top nutritionist Sarah Almond Bushell.
Choose from six children’s favourites, including fish pie, veggie Bolognese and chicken tikka masala.
What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about Annabel Karmel’s Frozen Kids Meals:
“We have always been a fan of this food range, it’s really tasty.” MFM Reviews Editor Hazelann Williams
“I have two very picky toddlers but both of my youngest kids adore these meals! They taste really lovely and neither one of my kids have questioned what is in them. I’ve used them as both part of a large, planned meal for the whole family and as individual meals for those hangrier toddler moments. They all cooked very well and had a very pleasing taste and texture. Definitely something we will be keeping in the freezer from now on.” Mum of 3, Michelle
You can buy Annabel Karmel’s Frozen Kids Meals from: Tesco, Morrison’s and Ocado.
2. Organix Goodies cereal bar range, Organix, £2.49, MadeForMums Joint Gold Award Winner
As any parent who has been stuck in a queue or on public transport with a toddler knows, pre-packed snacks can be an absolute lifesaver. This is where this year’s joint gold award winner, Organix, comes up trumps.
These soft oaty bars are packed full of juicy raisins, wholegrain oats and eight real fruit flavours, such as apple and orange, strawberry, or blackcurrant. They’re easy for little fingers to grasp (although they are pretty tasty, so they won’t be held on to for long) and packed into individual wrappers. Perfect for stuffing into your changing bag or pushchair basket for emergency snack attacks.
Organix’s no-junk promise means it uses the best organic ingredients, and there are no colourings, flavourings or unnecessary additives.
What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about Organix Goodies cereal bar range:
“My son loved these bars and enjoyed every one of the flavours. I liked them too, my favourite being carrot cake. I liked the clear packaging and that it was so easy to see that the ingredients were all natural. I would definitely buy these again, they are more expensive than other oaty bars but filled with nutritious and healthy ingredients.” Mum of 2, Helen
“Super appealing to kids, these tasty oaty bars are yummy and come in loads of different flavours.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim
“I was very pleased with these. Such a nice, easy and more importantly healthy snack to have on hand. I definitely will buy it again. They taste absolutely amazing. My little boy enjoyed them very much and so did my nine-year-old and I. They are just amazing.” Mum of 2, Marlena
You can buy Organix Goodies cereal bar range from: Amazon, Waitroseand Boots.
3. Annabel’s Famous Finger Foods, Annabel Karmel, £2.30, MadeForMums Silver Award Winner
This tasty finger food range aims to tempt even the fussiest of little ones, and includes the weaning queen’s most popular recipe – Yummy Chicken & Apple Bites (which tempted her own fussy-eating son to try chicken).
The pre-prepared mini bites are super easy to serve as a solo snack or as part of a main meal.
Baked not fried, they are a great source of protein, and you’ll get 4-5 servings from each 200g pack.
As you’d hope for from this nutrition-focused brand, the range is free from artificial additives and preservatives. Suitable for children and toddlers from one year upwards.
What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about Annabel’s Famous Finger Foods:
“These are great. So easy to use and I love the fact that you can freeze them too, so none are wasted. My children enjoyed the taste.” Mum of 2, Claire
“My daughter loves these, they are great as a snack, to add with pasta sauce or just to make up a quick dinner.” Mum of 1, Stacie
You can buy Annabel’s Famous Finger Foods from: Tesco
4. Lupilu Chicken & Vegetable Risotto Tray Meal 1-3 Years, Lidl UK, £0.89, MadeForMums Bronze Award Winner
Our bronze winner comes in the form of Lidl’s Lupilu offering, which impressed our testers with its organic ingredients at a purse-friendly price.
Perfect for busy days or for when you’re out and about, this handy tray meal is a great option for introducing tasty new flavours to your little one.
There is no added sugar or salt, and at just 89p a pop, it’s worth keeping a few in the cupboard.
What our MadeForMums Awards Judges say about Lupilu Chicken & Vegetable Risotto Tray Meal 1-3 Years:
“Nutrionally it is well balanced, I love the fact it is organic and the price point is incredible at just 89p so I can understand the appeal to parents. Would recommend to other parents for younger children.” Mum of 3, Anne
“Texture of the food is good, and I like that the tray can be microwaved.” MFM Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim
You can buy Lupilu Chicken & Vegetable Risotto Tray Meal 1-3 Years from: Lidl UK stores
5. Little Dish Toddler Meals, £2.30
Little Dish’s range of toddler meals is a great option for busy parents and each meal packs in at least one of your child’s five-a-day.
The nutritionally balanced dishes are fresh from the fridge, so a little closer to home cooking, and use 100% natural ingredients. These tasty pots and pies are served in attractive plastic dishes designed to resemble home cookware.
Designed and approved by nutritionist, and mum, Lucy Jones, they are also low in salt, and contain no added sugar, additives or preservatives. Choose from delicious recipes such as Fish Pie, Chicken Risotto and Cheese & Tomato Ravioli.
You can buy Little Dish Toddler Meals from: Tesco, Sainsbury’sand Waitrose.
6. Ella’s Kitchen Toddler Snacks Range, £1.99 for a 4-pack
Created for toddlers from 1 years old, this popular range provides healthy snacks for children who need a quick, tasty and healthy snack on the go.
The snack range has no added refined sugar or salt, no concentrates, additives of colorants and aims to use tasty combinations of flavours, spices and seeds to tickle little taste buds.
You can buy Ella’s Kitchen Toddler Snacks Range from: Ella’s Kitchen, Amazon and Ocado.
7. Kiddylicious Snack Range, from £0.60
From six months and beyond, Kiddlylicious produce a wide variety of healthy snacks for children, including wafers, rice cakes, vegetable crisps made from lentils, peas and chick peas amongst other products.
The British company aim to listen to what mum and dads want for the children and then produce new flavours and products to keep their customers happy.
Produced for snacking, picnics and after pre-school, the range also includes products that are suitable for babies and children with food intolerances or allergens.
You can buy the Kiddylicious Snack Range from: Amazon, Tesco and Superdrug.
8. For Aisha baby food range, £1.45
Perfect for helping your little one to explore new flavours, these authentic low-salt, dairy-free dishes have a chunky texture and use natural ingredients.
Each meal blends vegetables, fruit and high-quality halal meat with gentle spices to create tasty, nutritious dishes for the next generation of foodies.
You can buy For Aisha baby food range from: Ocado, Amazon and Tesco.
9. Kirsty’s Minis kid’s meals range, Kirsty’s, £2.19
These naturally free-from meals for children come from Dragon’s Den contestant and mum Kirsty. She came up with the range after she discovered her own son was allergic to nuts and intolerant to gluten and dairy.
Developed with little taste testers and a specialist dietitian, each meal is packed with vegetables and whole grains, and include classics such as cottage pie with sweet potato mash.
You can buy Kirsty’s Minis kids meals from: Ocado and Morrison’s.
10. Miniscoff meals and sauces, £3.09
Suitable from one years old, these tasty ready meals have fun names such as Mr Macgregor’s pie and Ali Baba’s shepherd’s pie.
The handmade organic range is packed full of wholesome, natural goodness, and as well as meals there are delicious pasta sauces for a quick, easy solution.
You can buy the Miniscoff range from: Miniscoff and Ocado.
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