How real foods work - a quick walk-through of water soluble drinks

Our OatMilk Välling is all natural, why It need rigorous shaking to blend smoothly since its real foods and ingredients that are free of dextrose, sugar and salt.

To get technical for a minute: If you wet a random non-soluble powder, the water will have to wash away the first layer before it reaches the second layer, so it is hard to make the suspension without vigorous stirring/shaking.

There are some special molecules which absorb water & swell. When you wet them, the water gets absorbed by the first layer. This changes the viscosity of the layer, making it thick and clingy. This forms a clump. In the core are the dry layers of powder. This happens with starchy powders like oats, flour, or also real cocoa powder. 

An example on how the food industry makes us believe that real foods can easily be blended is cocoa. In fact, cocoa is very hard to dissolve, which means you are drinking a cocoa flavored drink: it's a mixture of dextrose, cocoa powder, and other things (but mostly dextrose). So, no clumps, but an instantly homogenous drink.

We keep on working on ways to make our very real OatMilk Välling even easier for you to solve in water, but will never include sugar and dextrose to achieve this. We put healthy food first - and on the good side, you might get a little bartender workout from the shaking :) 

PS. Not a fan of the shaking? Use the mixer! And while you are at it, make sure to try this Friday Treat! 

Välling & Raspberry Swirl

Välling & Raspberry Swirl

Välling & Raspberry Swirl

  1.  Thaw 0.8 cups of raspberries and mix with 4 tablespoons chia seeds, 0.4 cups water and a larger pinch of vanilla.

  2. Blend 3 tablespoons of Välling with 2 cups of water, 2 bananas and 2 pinches of vanilla.

  3. Poor the raspberry mix in the bottom, cover with the Välling blend. 

  4. Swirl. Enjoy. It's FRIYAY!

Bonding vs Overstimulating

We live in a world where more is often considered better. In our quest to give our kids the best, we suffer the risk of overstimulating our babies and tots.

We talked to doula, infant care expert and sleep coach Emily Flynn about what infants needs, how to build a strong bond early and how to read signs of overstimulation in this interview by Bla Bla Foods.

Learn more about Emily and connect on www.rosewoodbirthconsulting.com/ and on @rosewoodrepro

Why we are 100% Glyphosate Free

Most of the whole grain oats we eat are treated with the pesticide glyphosate. Studies show these are harmful and lead to intolerance and allergies.

“Celiac disease, and, more generally, gluten intolerance, is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe, where an estimated 5% of the population now suffers from it,” researchers wrote in a meta-analysis of nearly 300 studies.

“Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup®, is the most important causal factor in this epidemic,” they add.

The symptoms of so-called “gluten intolerance” and celiac disease are shockingly similar to the symptoms in lab animals exposed to glyphosate, argue the study’s authors Anthony Samsel, an independent scientist who’s served as a consultant to the EPA on arsenic pollution and to the U.S. Coast Guard on chemical hazard response, and Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at MIT.

Read more on the issue here You are not gluten intolerant, you are glyphosate intolerant and know that Bla Bla Foods always make sure our ingredients are 100% free of glyphosate and harmful metals.

Hacking breakfast to be everything you and your fam need

As a mother, I was thrilled to see my son loving his morning oat cereal every morning from a very young age. Oats is a great source of energy, proteins, iron and fiber. Soon, I started dreaming of a supercharged version of his breakfast with the attitude that if he likes something - try to make the most our of it.

I wanted him to have more healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. A meal that truly supported his growth and development. This led me to creating Smart Oats, a breakfast everyone in my family have enjoyed for the last 6 months, and today, we are adding it to our official product portfolio!

So much yummy goodness in one bowl - a treat for the entire family!

So much yummy goodness in one bowl - a treat for the entire family!

Smart Oats is good for you, your fam and the environment. It’s delightfully creamy, naturally pink, and supports cognitive development for kids and cell renewal for adults with whole “superfood” ingredients like*

  • oats

  • coconut milk

  • chia seeds

  • beets

  • acai berries

The creamy texture and fun color is part of the trick - kids love it. Adults love Smart Oats for its protein, healthy fats, antioxidants and minerals, all in one serving.

A meal that everyone in the family can eat, prepared by simply poring hot water over it - Breakfast have never been this easy #lifehack

I can’t wait for you to try it! All orders using code “imsmart” will recieve a 10% discount on it’s first purchase of Smart Oats (Gröt) until March 31st!

Let us know how you like it, and don’t forget to share your smart moments with us on Instagram @blablafoods

Linc enjoying one of his many pink oatmeal breakfasts with almond milk and peanut butter as preferred topping

Linc enjoying one of his many pink oatmeal breakfasts with almond milk and peanut butter as preferred topping


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Välling 2.0 is here! Introducing a smoother, creamy oat milk ♡

A Smoother, creamier, healthier Välling!

We love out Välling but will always keep asking ourselves - can it be even better? Can we push the envelope with this first product we launched to make plant-based nutrition for little humans tastier and yummier? It turns out - it could!! We are proud to launch Välling 2.0. Let me tell you a few things about our improved recipe.

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  • LESS SUGAR, SWEETER TASTE
    Through treating the oats in a new way, we manage to keep the nutrition levels, minerals, fibers and vitamins while making the sweet undertones of oats take the main floor. This means, the actual natural sugar in Välling is not more than 2g per 8oz serving, while the taste is smooth and sweet.

  • MORE PROTEIN
    Välling 2.0 have pea protein added to the mix to help create a beautiful frothy texture and give brain and cell development a boost

  • CREAMY, HEALTHY COCONUT
    Through adding coconut milk this drink supplies kids with healthy and important fats. Together with the oats, the drink is composed to be a calming, filling, nourishing drink.

All orders coming in from Friday March 1 will be shipped our new and improved formula. Please keep us posted on your feedback, and please share your experience with us on Instagram

Thank you again for supporting our journey. We are so excited to be sharing it with you!! /Louise

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7 Reasons Oats is a Superfood

We are all about clean and simple eating at Bla Bla Foods. We want to keep our products free from additives, stabilizers, and cheap bi-products. This is why we love oats.

Oats is a simple, ancient, clean and healthy grain that comes with a ton of health benefits, in addition, it’s one of few foods that keep it’s health benefits since it’s not overly processed. To list a few of it’s positive traits, these are our favorite ones:

  1. Provides nourishment to babies with gluten allergy: Babies allergic to gluten cannot consume grains like wheat, rye, and barley that provide essential nutrition. But they can eat oats, which are gluten-free and have the same vitamins and minerals the essential grains do. Oats helps improve the nutritional value of a gluten-free diet that can lead to nutritional deficiencies in babies

  2. A natural vitamin and mineral bomb: Oats are naturally high in essential vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium and phosphorus

  3. Oats are good at easing constipation: Oats are rich in fiber, which means they help tackle constipation which can be a huge problem for many children and young babies

  4. Good for immunity: Oats contain a type of sugar (I know, it’s crazy, but not all sugars are bad!!) called beta-glucans that boosts the production of immune system cells in the gut

  5. Helps reduce inflammation: Oats contains avenanthramides that can help reduce and prevent inflammation and lower blood pressure

  6. Long-lasting feel: Oats tend to swell for a long time after consumption which will allow a content and filled feeling. This, for little humans, often means full nights of sleep if consumed before bedtime

  7. May help reduce risk of childhood asthma: Some research suggests that oats may help prevent asthma in children when fed to young infants

Why do you love oats? Let us know and we’ll send you a free sample of our beloved oat Välling!

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From ignorant child-free techie to baby-food mompreneur in 12 months

Becoming a mom is wild. I never thought too much about it before becoming pregnant. Having kids was one of those things I might do in the future, not more than that. I’ve always been busy living my current life out to the fullest, not necessarily spending a lot of time on future personal plans.

All of the sudden, I found myself pregnant. Happily married, and very much in love with my husband, we got pregnant way easier and faster than we had expected. I know this is a blessing, but I found myself in a whirlwind of emotions.

Lincolns 1st Birthday

Lincolns 1st Birthday

I had so many questions, ideas and thoughts to be sorted. What does becoming a mother mean? What do I WANT it to mean? Will I be able to be a mother and still keep my personality and lifestyle? Will I stay on top of my business as a CEO through this journey?! And how will we manage without our families around? Living so far from Sweden and my family truly gets real sometimes…

After a while, I found a stabile and less stressed approach to motherhood. I started thinking about how I (thought I) wanted things to be and work, and how I thought I could control everything into being just as I had imagined. Isn’t that kind of cute?!

I remember silently judging other parents (!) for screaming kids, poor food choices and more - and how I was certain I would do better. Oh you stupid, child-less woman! I had no idea! How ignorant to think I knew anything about parenting and to think I could assess what is right or wrong. Thinking about my behaviour pre-kids makes me both cringe and laugh loudly sometimes.

If it’s something I’ve learned from becoming a mother it's

  1. Be humble. If you’re not in the same situation you have nothing to say, judge or think about it

  2. There’s so much love around us in the world. Having a baby will allow strangers to smile, wave and give you compliments. It will allow for your family and friends to cry out of happiness for a little human being they have never even met. The world is so full of love, and having a baby will give you an opportunity to get a glimpse of all of it

Snuggles with Snoop Dogg & a 5 day old Linc

Snuggles with Snoop Dogg & a 5 day old Linc

Aside of this, my son Lincoln gave me insights into a world I had no clue about. Hanging out with nieces, nephews and kids of friends will not put you in the drivers seat when it comes to figuring out diapers, creams, foods, car seats and strollers.

As I’m slightly obsessed with healthy eating, nutrition and foods, making sure our son ate healthy foods and snacks became one of my highest priorities, and still are. At the time he was born and during his first year I was still CEO of my business Vint which made me look for snacks and foods to compliment the home cooked foods due to time limitations. What I found was that the majority of foods were full of un-necessary additives, sugar, cheap and artificial corn products and gums. The products I found that were up to standard were crazy expensive and therefore, for most parents not a sustainable choice.

I started looking at my home country Sweden and quickly understood that the products for babies and kids produced there are cleaner and has less sugar. On top of this, prices are acceptable.

All of this led me to a pivotal moment in my life. 12 months after Lincoln was born I decided to do something I never thought I’d do. After a 12 year long career as a tech entrepreneur, I resigned as the CEO of Vint and started Bla Bla Foods. Our mission is to bring plant-based nutrition to little humans that are simple, clean, organic, low in sugar and always accessibly priced. All products are inspired by Swedish culture and nature, and our main ingredient in all products are oats. We pride ourselves with giving away essentially fortified foods to a mother and baby in need with every purchase of our product with our One for One initiative.

This far, we’ve launched our first product on the market, an oat based drink for little humans between the age of 8 months - years old called Välling. Bla Bla Välling is inspired by the beloved product with the same name in Sweden that >55% of all kids up to 4 years old drink on a weekly basis in Sweden before going to bed as it helps you sleep through the night. Our ingredients are locally sourced, organic, gluten free and the product in produced in San Mateo, California.

Motherhood and parenting truly is wild and you never know where the journey will take you.

Thanks to everyone that have been part of this journey so far, I can not wait for the next chapter to begin!

What to do about teething toddlers

At 15 months I thought the time with a drooling (cute, but agitated) little one on my arm was over. By this time, his smile is blending you with those new shiny teeth and I had put away the teething rings since long ago. Oh dear, being a first-time mom puts you up for some surprises… :)

It started as something we thought was a start of a cold. Or something similar to night-terrors. From being a perfect sleeper Lincoln started waking up in the middle of the night and having a really hard time going back to sleep. During the same period of time, first his thumb, then a few of his other fingers, and then the entire hand was shoved into his mouth.

Linc chewing away

Linc chewing away

In a heartbeat, we were back to t-shirts and sweaters looking like they went through a car-wash before being put on this little human body. Soaking wet. all the time. Hello, big chunky cheek teeth. Did not you’d make such a grand entry into our lives. 

Luckily, I had a few tricks up my sleeve to help ease the itchy gums as the big boys in the back made its entry. Here’s what worked for Lincoln in order to ease the itch and irritation, get his hands out of his mouth, and go back to better nights of sleep. I hope these recommendations can be valuable for other moms to teethers out there 

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4 solutions to itchy teething

1. Teething rings. Get the ones in natural rubber or silicone to make sure they are BPA free and harmless to your child. What got Lincolns attention and truly made him use it was a) interesting shape and b) rubber studs to really help ease the itch

2. Cut 2–3cm thick slices of cucumber and put it in the freezer. Serve and see the relief on baby's face as the gum gets some much-needed cooling. To make sure there are no harmful pesticides or insecticide on it, peel it before freezing.

3. Keep some pacifiers in the freezer so that when baby wakes up, you can easily switch it out for quick relief. For pacifiers, please keep the BPA-free, natural rubber or silicone alternatives in mind as your first choice. Also, make sure there’s no possibility for baby to separate any part of the pacifier if he or she is sleeping with it.

4. Got a small cotton or bamboo towel? Try soaking it in warm or cold water to use as a teether

Long live happy babies, well-rested parents, and itch-free gums!