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The Importance of Omega 3 for Babies & Toddlers

The Importance of Omega 3 for Babies & Toddlers

Fat has had a bad rap in the past but there are healthy fats and omega 3 is one of them. Essential for the development for your little ones brain and eye, omega 3 is a critical nutrient that babies, toddlers, children and teens need in their diet.

Best probiotic for kids

Best probiotic for kids

A guest post by The Healthful Dietitian Gabriella Goodchild. Probiotics are friendly bacteria that help to maintain your child’s healthy digestive system as well as helping with conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), constipation, colic, diarrhoea and tummy pain.

Serve Food family style

Serve Food family style

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. 

Vegan nutrition for babies, toddlers and children

Vegan nutrition for babies, toddlers and children

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.

Omega 3 - A critical Nutrient

Omega 3 - A critical Nutrient

Omega 3 is a family of essential fatty acids (EFA’s) consisting of many compounds but the three most commonly referred to are:

  1. docosahexaenoic acid (DHA),

  2. eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) 

  3. 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!

Healthy Happy Halloween

Healthy Happy Halloween

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.