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More Than Just Fussy Eating

More than just fussy eatingWritten by Stephanie Elliot, the author of the young adults novel, Sad Perfect.

As a parent, you’ve most likely experienced some sort of picky eating in your child or children. Toddlers are known for – and prone to – refusing foods that don’t taste good, or look funny, or touch another food on their plate. Some kids are just naturally picky, refusing green vegetables or things that look weird to them. But when does it become more than just picky eating? When do you need to worry that maybe your child isn’t getting all the nutrients he needs?

My daughter was an extremely picky eater as a baby and toddler, and we were not initially concerned. We chalked it up to just that – picky eating. But, sandwiched in between two brothers who never refused any foods and excitedly ate lima beans and broccoli, we began to notice that our daughter’s aversion to many foods was becoming problematic. She would cry and scream, sitting at the dinner table, shaking her head back and forth, adamant that she would not be eating what the rest of the family ate. Her main diet as a young child consisted of very basic, plain and white foods, heavy on the carbs, very low on the protein and vegetables. She ate plain bagels and bread, Goldfish, French fries, pizza with the cheese and sauce scraped off, cereal, and waffles (but refused butter and syrup). She ate all sorts of sweets, and on occasion, I could coax her to have a peeled apple slice or a few raw carrots. Her only protein source was peanut butter and Carnation Instant milk. Does this diet sound familiar to you? Continue reading

Valentines Day Recipe: Shortbread Sweathearts

 

Shortbread SweatheartsHave some fun in the kitchen with your little ones by making these cute and delicious biscuits.

Ingredients: 
* 55g butter, softened
* 30g caster sugar
* ¼ tsp vanilla extract
* 85g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
* Pinch of salt
* 6cm heart-shaped cookie cutter, and another that’s a little smaller
* 40g white chocolate, chopped
* Icing sugar, for dusting
* 1tbsp seedless raspberry jam

Method:
1. Lightly grease two baking sheets.
2. Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla and a pinch of salt, then mix in the flour with a wooden spoon. Form into a ball with your hands. (If the dough is very soft, wrap it in clingfilm and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes). Continue reading

Review: Real Food Kids Will Love Book by Annabel Karmel, worth £16.99

Real Food Kids Will Love by Annabel KarmelReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Sarah Cocks.

At first glance the ‘Real Food Kids Will Love’ recipe book by Annabel Karmel looks like yet another recipe book with foods that are designed only for children with no consideration for foods that will feed the whole family.

When I delved further I was pleasantly surprised to find a range of recipes that would appeal to both children and adults, separated into easy to navigate sections. With 15-minute meals such as tortilla pizzas and chicken and vegetable pasta that are easy to throw together with leftovers in the fridge and make a filling supper and then you have the family favourites which include Cauliflower, Ham and Macaroni Bake and Beef Casserole which are filling for both daddy and baby, making meals more cost effective. Continue reading

Review: Organix Goodie Bag, worth over £7.00

Organix Goody BagReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Emily Short.

We were recently invited to taste and review some of the new products in the Organix and Organix Goodies range and they didn’t disappoint. Organix’ is synopses with yummy and healthy snacks  for babies and toddlers and are proud of their tagline ‘Great Taste No Junk’  and as a family comprising of a 3 year old girl and 16 month old boy/girl twins as you can imagine we love Organix products as a snack or to pop in our picnic or packed lunch box.

When the box arrived we couldn’t wait to rip into it and try the goodies, the main contents were the multi-packs of the new pea puffs and cheese and onion lentil hoops, the pea puffs are marketed at 6 months plus whilst the lentil hoops are for 12 months plus, the ingredients and nutritional advice is visible on all bags. Continue reading

Simple Feta Frittata Muffins

Feta Frittata MuffinsThis one-bowl recipe is simple, nutritious and perfect for family picnics. The ingredients can easily be swapped to include your  child’s favourite flavours so even the pickiest of eaters will love them.

SERVES: MAKES 6 MUFFINS.
TOTAL TIME: 25. MINS
AGE: 12M+

Ingredients:
• 6 eggs
• 1 medium courgette, grated
• 30g (about a handful) of frozen peas
• 2 spring onions, finely chopped
• 30g cheddar, grated
• 30g feta, crumbled
• Oregano (other fresh herbs optional e.g. parsley or dill)
• Pinch of black pepper

Our top tip: Swap out ingredients to include your child’s favourite flavours!

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Hot Cross Bunnies

Hot Cross BunniesThis Easter, why not try Annabel’s twist on the traditional hot cross bun. Little ones will love to help create their very own bunnylicious buns!


Prep: 45 minutes (excluding proving time)
Cook: 15 minutes
Makes: 8 large or 12 medium hot cross bunnies


Ingredients:

100ml milk
100ml cold water
450g strong white bread flour, plus extra for kneading
1 x 7g sachet easy blend yeast
50g soft light brown sugar
1 tbsp ground mixed spice
1 tsp salt
50g butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
110g raisins
30g mixed peal
Sunflower oil, for greasing Continue reading

Autumn Recipe: Ultimate Beef Hotpot with Gnocchi Dumplings

Ultimate Beef Hotpot with Gnocchi DumplingsWonderfully comforting, feel-good food, a hotpot is the perfect lure to the family table.

What you need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 leeks, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and diced
  • 400 g/14 oz braising steak, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 450 ml/16 fl oz reduced-salt beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon tomato purée
  • 1 long rosemary sprig
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 100 g/3½ oz drained canned green lentils
  • 500 g/1 lb 2 oz ready-made gnocchi
  • 30 g/1 oz mature Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Green vegetables, to serve

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REVIEW: ChewyMoon Snacks, £4.99 per box

ChewyMoonReview written by Toddle About VIP Club member, Emma Knight.

We were delighted to be asked to review the Chewy Moon Snack Box.

As a mum, I am always looking for new ways to introduce healthy snacks to my children who, like many others, are rather fussy and creatures of habit, especially when it comes to eating!

The box arrived and we were very excited to see what wonders it contained.

We firstly noted how bright the packaging was and the children both found the picture of a pug in a hoodie on the front highly amusing! Continue reading

Child Food Allergy? It doesn’t start and end with food!

Ice Cream

Is this your idea of a nightmare? Then this is the group for you

By Registered Dietitian, Philippa Smith

Being a Dietitian comes hand-in-hand with healthy eating, but being the Mum of a 6-year-old with multiple food allergies has sent me on a mission to find alternative food and treats to keep a smile on my daughter’s face!  I now realise that living with food allergy is as much a social challenge as a dietary challenge.  Parties, picnics, play dates… aaaaaaaaaaaaaarrgh!  And school dinners??!!

Having worked as a Dietitian and being familiar with food allergy avoidance, I confidently march into the supermarket ……. an hour and a half later I’m tired and my trolley is only half full.  What???  Checking food labels has zapped my energy, my hope is gone, do I really want to be confined to the ‘free from’ section?  Big business for supermarkets, big trouble for my purse.  I now mainly rely on home baking which I find to be cheaper and safer, although there are a surprising amount of alternative foods out there once you know where to look! Continue reading

Parent Feeders: Are You Feeding Your Toddler Too Much?

Parent Feeders

Surveys show that more than 10% of parents usually serve their child close to an adult-size** portions

By Judy More, Paediatric Dietitian & Nutritionist specialising in children’s nutrition

Recent research reveals that some UK parents are overfeeding their 1-4 year olds with 1 in 10 parents giving their pre-schoolers near adult size portions. With the latest figures showing that one in five children are overweight or obese by the time they start school (1), practical advice is urgently needed.

Parents are Putting Too Much on the Plate

The research of 1000 UK mums and dads (2) revealed that 79%* of parents routinely offer portions bigger than the recommended size range for pre-schoolers when serving popular meals (such as spaghetti bolognese and chicken nuggets with chips), drinks and treats.  The survey, which involved parents looking at images of portion sizes, also showed that more than 10% of parents usually serve their child close to an adult-size** portion of spaghetti bolognese or cheese sandwiches. Continue reading