Family style serving is when you present all the individual parts of a meal in separate serving dishes in the centre of the table (including dessert) and each member of the family decides what they want and how much they're going to eat.
Whether your baby lead weaning or following traditional weaning methods you will be offering your baby finger foods from around 6 months of age. But its often tricky to know which foods to choose, which are safe from choking and which are nutritious. Annabel Karmel shares her tips and three amazing recipes suitable from the start of weaning and beyond!
January is ‘Veganuary’ the month that going vegan is promoted. Plant based diets are increasing in popularity and many families are opting to raise their children on vegan diets.
Typical vegan diets tended to be low in fat and high in fibre which is not suitable for growing children who need a lot more energy and nutrients from food, being filling means they can curb appetite before your child has eaten enough too. In addition there are other critical nutrients that have to be carefully thought about when meal planning in order meet their unique nutritional requirements.
Thanks to my colleague Annabel Karmel for her cookery expertise and amazing food ideas for making Christmas party food a little healthier this year! Head over to Annabel’s App for more recipes and ideas. Link at the bottom of this post.
This blog intends to give you the facts about shop-bought baby foods so you can make an informed choice about what to buy for your baby. From pouches to puffs and rice cakes to rusks, we talk nutrition, texture and how they impact on your baby’s development….read on!
Can I give my baby Christmas dinner?
Yes you can, and infact you should…read on to find out why and exactly how to do it!
Omega 3 is a family of essential fatty acids (EFA’s) consisting of many compounds but the three most commonly referred to are:
docosahexaenoic acid (DHA),
eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)
They are very important for babies as are needed for brain and vision development. The most common source is oily fish. But what do you do if you are vegetarian or your child hates fish….read on!
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Halloween means excitement, trick or treating and bye-bye to healthy eating during this ‘spooktacular’ holiday. It’s sugary chocolate heaven and sweet treats abound! As a dietitian I’ve got my work cut out for me but as a mum I love Halloween and the excuse for a (trick or) treat!
Fun, however doesn’t have to be sugar laden -read on for my colleague Annabel Karmel’s top tips and favourite recipes for a healthy halloween.
I was lucky enough to be asked to write a guest blog for Annabel Karmel on infant formula milks. While I’m an advocate of breastfeeding there are some mums who can’t breastfeed their babies and others who choose not to.
This blog was written to give mothers information so that they can make an informed choice about formula milks in order to feed their baby in the way that they choose.
“I’m weaning my baby and am worried about the amount of salt in foods, its seems to be everywhere” Read on to find out more about salt and how to minimise it in your baby’s weaning foods.
How your baby grows in the first year of life terms of her weight and length is linked to her future health. This is why each baby born in the UK is issued with their ‘red book’ and why your Health Visitor likes you to pop along to the baby clinic to have her weighed at regular intervals. Read on to find out what the curves mean and how to interpret the charts.
Started Weaning - but not sure how much your baby should be eating?
One of parenting’s biggest challenges is how to manage sweets, treats and sugar. Children are obsessed with sweet food and crave sugar often asking for ice cream, biscuits or candy bars. Read on to find out why we need to worry and my strategies for managing their relentless requests.
Adequate fluid is a real concern for a lot of parents and if your child is prone to constipation, fluids are something you will be asked to encourage them to have more of. In the summer we need to drink more as we use fluid to cool ourselves down and if your child has had a tummy bug extra fluid will be needed to help them rehydrate. Here are my top 5 tips for a healthy fluid intake:
Fruit and vegetables - we know they’re good for us and that we’re supposed to eat 5 a day, but why?
It’s all to do with disease prevention.
Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day and I know the science behind it! Eating within 2 hours of waking jump starts your metabolism and sets your child up for their busy day ahead.
Childhood obesity rates are rising. Dieting is doesn’t work and restricting a child's food intake is linked to both obesity and eating disorders. Mindful eating is learning to enjoy food, its being aware of the hunger and fullness cues and develop a healthy weight. Learn to eat mindfully instead and grow a happy, healthy mindful eater.
Does your child suffer with a funny tummy? Some children could be constipated, not pooing for several days and when they do go it takes them a while. Other children might have diarrhoea or loose watery stools. Frequent tummy pains are often a complaint and oh, my… the wind….!! But what could all of this mean?
Part 4: My 5 secrets to successful mealtimes
Welcome to the final instalment of my 4 part toddler blog. Today I’m giving you my 5 secrets to creating the foundations for successful toddler mealtimes…..