Chewsday Review- Heinz Little Kids Bolognese & Veg with Spiral Pasta

Today's Chewsday Review is of the Heinz Little Kids range, which is marketed as a step up from the purée options for kids older than 12 months. The mum who requested this review would like to know if it's an ok option for emergencies or days when you're really strapped for time. The Bolognese & Veg with Spiral Pasta label promises big things, so let's see... 🔶Ingredients: 🔹Vegetables (52%) (tomatoes 34%, onion, carrots, celery, green capsicum, pumpkin, zucchini), pasta (32%), beef (11%), apple, maize thickener, Parmesan cheese, potato starch, olive oil, herbs, beef extract, natural flavours, spice, roast garlic. 🔹Common allergens include: gluten, egg, milk 🔶The positives: 🔹Fat, saturate

Fork Talk- with Lauren Pike from Mealtime Building Blocks!!

Well, this is VERY exciting. Let me introduce you to the newest member of the Mealtime Building Blocks team! Meet the fabulous Lauren Pike, an occupational therapist who works with fussy eating and feeding difficulties! Lauren has worked with kids for the last 8 years, and as an occupational therapist she helps kids to participate fully in daily living and activities. She has heaps of experience with managing sensory processing difficulties, attention/concentration difficulties and regulation. She's also super passionate about helping kids develop skills in self-care and play. Lauren and I have worked together for years on a community health feeding team. We're incredibly similar in our appr

Chewsday Review- Woolworths Pikelets

Today's Chewsday Review request comes from a Mum whose kiddies just love these bakery items. She was pretty sure they were an ok choice, until she started to doubt herself (as all Mums do!) So, are Woolworths pikelets any good? Let's see... 🔶Ingredients: 🔹Water, wheat flour, sugar, canola oil, milk solids, acidity regulator (575), wheat starch, egg powder, raising agent (500), salt, preservatives (202, 234), vegetable emulsifier (471), natural flavours (butter vanilla (milk), vanilla), natural colour (161b), vitamins (thiamin, folate). 🔹Acidity regulator (575) is glucono delta-lactone and is considered very safe. Raising agent (500) is sodium carbonate and is also considered very safe. Pr

Chewsday Review- Impressed Juice

Today's request comes from a Mum of one of my picky eating clients. This little boy finds veggies REALLY challenging, but he will happily accept this green juice. His Mum would like to know if he's getting any goodness from it. Let's see! 🔶Ingredients: 🔹Cucumber (38%), pink lady apple (37%), pineapple (20%), kale (3%), spinach (1%), mint (1%) 🔹Common allergens include: nil 🔶The positives: 🔹The ingredients are entirely from fruits and vegetables, with no concentrate or added sugar. 🔹The juice has quite a different taste to sweeter fruit juices, which can be useful as a taste stepping stone for fussy eaters, before they feel confident with the taste of vegetables. This juice is 42% veget

Chewsday Review- Only Organic Carrots, Red Lentils & Cheddar Pureé

Last week's Chewsday Review struck a chord for many of you, and I've had lots of requests to look at some more of the purées. Today's version is Only Organic carrots, red lentils & cheddar. It's part of the Baby Savoury range, and most parents seem to be looking for savoury/vegetable options (with not much luck!) 🔶Ingredients: 🔹Carrot (27%), pumpkin, water, apple, cheese (5%), lentil (4%), ground rice. 🔹Common allergens include: milk 🔶The positives: 🔹Low in saturated fat, sugar and sodium. 🔹Fork mash texture instead of silky smooth purée. This can be helpful for babies learning about different textures and feels in their mouth. 🔹Serving instructions encourage use of a spoon and bowl w

Iron and fussy eaters

Most of the fussy eaters I work with only eat a select number of particular foods (most often carbohydrate foods), yet they tend to be growing well. They seem to be getting enough energy (or kilojoules) from the foods they eat, and mostly they're doing ok with nutrients too. This is often hard for parents to believe, especially when their child eats such a limited variety of foods. However, as a dietitian, the one nutrient I am usually concerned about is iron. Most fussy eaters tend to have a limited intake of foods high in iron, especially foods like red meat. So, if you've got a fussy eater in your family, then here's what you need to know about iron. Why is iron so important? Iron has mul

Chewsday Review- Rafferty's Garden Spinach, Apple, Broccoli and Pea purée

Lots of parents have been asking about pre-prepared fruit and veggie pouches, and whether they're nutritionally any good. So time for a review on these! Today I've chosen Rafferty's Garden Spinach, Apple, Broccoli and Pea squeezie pouch. There's a variety of types out there so I might cover a couple of over the next few weeks. 🔶Ingredients: 🔹Apple (70%), pea (18%), broccoli (8%), spinach (4%) 🔹Common allergens include: nil 🔶The positives: 🔹This is a product made entirely of fruit and vegetables. No cheap fillers or watered down contents (like many other baby products!) 🔹Fat, sugar and salt content within healthy guidelines 🔹Great option for when you need something nutritious and you n

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