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Making Foods Fun by Annabel Karmel 

Making Foods Fun by Annabel Karmel 

Toddlers and young children make their eating decisions based on what the food looks like which means that food must be visually appealing, it needs to look nice in order for it to be desirable.
At this stage children are also ‘magical thinkers’. This means that food really does need to be fun. They use their imagination a lot, and so if you make a food a particular shape and call it something that they can relate to they will picture it that way in their minds.

I asked my colleague Annabel Karmel to write some recipes for us to inspire us mummy’s on how to make food fun!

Serve Food family style and how to actually do it with fussy eaters

Serve Food family style and how to actually do it with fussy eaters

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 diets for babies, toddlers and children

Vegan diets for babies, toddlers and children

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.

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.

Sweets, Sugar & Children - how much is too much?

Sweets, Sugar & Children - how much is too much?

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.

How much should your child drink?

How much should your child drink?

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: