If you find yourself making different meals for different family members, then rest assured that you’re certainly not alone. You definitely can put an end to ‘short-order’ cooking. It is possible to get your family eating one delicious, flavoursome meal and saving a lot of time, stress, and frustration on daily basis. I’m all about one family meal that is full of flavour, easy to make and healthy!
Because it’s Nutrition & Hydration Week, we thought it’s the perfect time to give you the lowdown on everything baby needs to begin weaning. It’s such an important milestone in your baby’s life, and you may be feeling a little unsure where to start. But planning ahead and ensuring you have everything you need allows the process to go as smoothly as possible – but we can’t guarantee it won’t get messy! To help you get started, we’ve jotted down some of the key essentials. Be sure to arm yourself... Read More
It is important to encourage your baby to drink water from a beaker or cup from 6 months. If your baby is dehydrated, they may go off their food. So it’s important to keep an eye on their liquid intake.
Young children make very natural gardeners. They love hands-on activities, they like spending time outdoors and exploring nature, and they don’t mind getting a bit grubby in the process. Gardening is an engaging way to teach children about nature, where food comes from, and the importance of looking after our planet.
Weaning your baby is an incredibly exciting time. It’s such an important milestone in your little one’s life and it’s likely to be the messiest…but that’s no bad thing! Did you know that all of the mess helps your baby’s brain develop? A baby’s growing brain is ever so sensitive to changes in its environment and your baby uses all of their senses to notice these changes and learn from them. By letting your little one experience foods though their sensory system you are giving them the opportunity to create... Read More
Are you wondering when might be the best time to introduce your little one to beakers and cups? How do you do it? What drinks should you give them and what should you avoid? And what’s the right cup to use? Lots of questions – and hopefully we can help with some answers! Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle feeding, the NHS and British Dental Health Foundation recommends babies start to learn to drink from a free-flow feeder cup from around six months old. It will help them to make the... Read More
Feeding children can be a bit of a challenge at times especially if children are going through a fussy eating stage. One of the things that helped my children, was to make food fun and exciting. As adults we are very guilty of repetitive meals and I know how easy it is to fall into that cycle especially given the time challenges that many of us face. I want to share some really easy ways you can create fun food for your children without it taking up loads of extra... Read More
Baby and toddler food shouldn’t be bland! Experimenting with a range of spices can help to expand their palettes and cultivate adventurous eaters who enjoy a range of flavours, textures and are excited by food! Introducing bold flavours early on is essential as babies receptiveness to new tastes narrows as they get older. Broadening their palettes at a young age will hopefully result in appreciation of wholesome, unprocessed and flavoursome food. Furthermore, as salt should be avoided for under 1’s adding spices is a fantastic way to add flavour. Did... Read More
Weaning is challenging! There is a plethora of information out there and no one size fits all for getting your baby started on solids. Add that we live in a world where highly processed foods, additives and artificial flavourings are fast becoming the norm, so what we feed our children needs to be centred around promoting their health and well-being without compromising on flavour and taste. A broad and varied diet coupled with exposure to a range of flavours from the early years will encourage life-long enjoyment of real food.... Read More
By Natalie Peal Cooking for a family doesn’t need to be complicated and stressful. When my daughter Annabelle was younger, I had a tough time putting her down to cook dinner. She was a baby who wanted to be close to me at all times. To help overcome this predicament, I developed a series of easy 15-20 minute meals. Below you will find three of my favourite recipes from this series; they are all family-friendly and packed full of flavour. You will find even more speedy meals in my 15-20... Read More