Category Archives: Kids

The worst snacks for kids

A quick scan of any toddler’s playground or mums enjoying a mid-morning break at the local coffee shop will see any array of brightly coloured snack food packs being fed to small children in an attempt to keep them quiet, for a few minutes at least. What always surprises me is that popular snacks for […]

Which fruit is the healthiest?

One of the most common misconceptions when it comes to healthy eating is that you can eat as much fruit as you like. I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news but while fruit is exceptionally healthy, it does contain kilojoules, which means that it is possible to eat too much fruit. So […]

My top 10 after school snacks

Any mother will be very familiar with the chaotic hours’ of the after school period; the rush to get home, get the children to after school activities on time along with the self reports of “starving” children eating the cupboard bare. Unfortunately Australian children are not particularly healthy when it comes to the after school […]

Packaged snacks for kids

If there is one topic sure to cause heated debate it is kids processed snack foods and their inclusion in school lunch boxes. While some parents talk about processed snacks as pure evil to be avoided at all costs, the fact is that with an ever expanding snack food section in the supermarket, plenty of parents […]

Healthy school lunch ideas

With a return to school imminent, many parents are literally counting down the hours until life becomes relatively sane again, well, at least between the hours of 9-3pm anyway. With a new school year also comes the annual healthy school lunch ideas, in which committed, organised mums are thought to spend hours preparing marinated chicken […]

A healthy snack for kids

Each and every day I speak to busy parents about healthy snacking for kids. Unfortunately too often snacking for primary school aged children equates to bites, balls, bars, biscuits, twists and straps which not only contain much refined carbohydrate but very little in the way of nutrition. Not only do these types of snacks leave […]

A perfect kids food day

What did your kids have for breakfast this morning? A couple of soggy Weetbix or ½ a slice of toast? Or did you fail as a parent and could not convince them to eat anything and you simply did not have the energy on this Monday for another fight about food? (Said completely tongue in […]

Family Food Efficiency

Last week I sat with one of my clients, a young mum with 3 small children, juggling full time work; her relationship and three busy, demanding little people and listened to her describe her busy, frantic world. The mum had come for advice on ways to feed her family better, especially since she had noticed […]

Why are we feeding our kids so much junk?

Working as a paediatric dietitian at a tertiary hospital for almost 10 years specialising in childhood obesity taught me many years ago that our kids eat too much. Case after case I would see families with children weighing 20-30kg more than their ideal body weight and work towards reducing their food intake even slightly to […]

Are we seriously having a go at George Calombaris?

Are we seriously having a go at George Calombaris for his decision to not encourage his young child to consume high fat, nutrient poor food at a 4 year old’s birthday party?  Are we really arguing that choosing to not let your small child eat rubbish is a bad thing? Are we that programmed by […]

The wonder of family meals.

Throughout the past week, how many times have you sat down together as a family and enjoyed a meal together? If you had to think about it, chances are it was far less than the recommended four times for optimal family functioning long term. Long commutes, numerous after school activities coupled with relentless traffic tends […]

Your Kids, Their Food. A new eBook.

In a part life I was a paediatric dietitian and had always wanted to publish a book with this title and finally I have managed to, so here is my new e-book! Your Kids, Their Food was written to be a practical way to approach healthy eating for kids without expecting parents to spend hours […]

Product review of the week: Vaalia Kids Lactose Free Vanilla & Paul’s Kids Yoghurt Pouch

Product Name: Vaalia Kids Lactose Free Vanilla Nutritionals per 140g serve: 540kJ (129cal), 6.6g protein, 3.8g fat, 17.2g sugars (16.4g sugars), 210mg calcium Ingredients: Milk, skim milk, Water, Sugar, Milk Solids, Rice Starch, Gelatin, Natural Flavours, Acidity Regulators, Lactase, Probiotics. Pros: Lactose free, one of the lowest sugar flavoured yoghurts, child friendly pack Cons: Does contain […]