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Focus on Food Pouches:- Convenient Foods for Weaning Tots

We want to shine a light on baby food pouches for today's post. We've seen a huge rise in the use of these pouches for weaning tots in recent years with big players in the market such as Ella's Kitchen, Heinz and HiPP having ranges suitable for tots from 4 months old. So what are the pros..... Kids love them! They are addictive.  The pouches are a convenient option for parents on the go. There is no preparation required, little mess and no need to heat or refrigerate, they are literally ready to serve anywhere, anytime. The pouches provide fruit and vegetable servings for little ones, which might otherwise be absent in their diets. The pouches are marketed as 'natural'...

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Lean Beef and Rosemary Italian Meatballs

So here we have our take on the classic spaghetti meatballs, not only is this a nourishing meal, it’s also absolutely delicious, quick and simple to make and the kids can get involved too! Health benefits We use lean, organic beef mince for our meatballs because it's a mineral rich source of protein and low in saturated fat. The vegetables included in the meatballs and sauce contribute to lots of plant-based fibre and nutrition. You can serve this dish the traditional way, with whole wheat or gluten-free spaghetti. Or for even more nutritional value we serve it with courgetti spirals and noodles, whatever your preference, these are SO delicious! Take a look at the variations (below the main recipe) for suggestions to alter...

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Is it possible for children to learn to love real food?

  Recent research has revealed that Britain is the highest consumer of ultra-processed food in Europe, with these foods making up over half our shopping basket and it’s easy to see why – processed food is everywhere and very affordable. High in salt, sugar and fat and low in nutritional value, experts believe that the abundance and consumption of these products is altering children’s palates and fuelling the obesity crisis among children. According to Public Health England, it is now estimated that one in five children are overweight or obese when they start primary school, a number that rises to one in three by the time they leave. What’s more, 600 children and teenagers were reported to have type 2...

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Public Health England's Calorie Reduction Programme

Earlier this year Public Health England (PHE) announced its calorie reduction programme to mixed reviews across commentators and consumers. We asked Barbara Bray, MIFST, RNutr, NSch, to break down the aims of the programme. The six year programme is expected to reduce calories in food eaten in and out of home by 20% and the following 3 options have been proposed: Reduction of portion size Shifting consumer purchasing to lower sugar or no added sugar alternatives Recipe reformulation The purpose is to address the rising levels of obesity especially within the population of children although the programme is not confined to targeting foods specifically marketed at or made for children. It will be interesting to see how food manufacture and food...

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Hidden Sugars - Where Are They Lurking and How Can We Avoid Them?

Sugar has been used as a base ingredient for centuries as a way of enhancing flavours in many foods. As consumers we would expect to find it in all baked goods, sweets and biscuits but there is often so much more present in our food than we think. When buying packaged food for example, we appreciate that there are plenty of “hidden” ingredients, but sugar is one of the most common. 80% of packaged food contains added sugar, which makes it a difficult substance to avoid. Worryingly, various foods have had more and more hidden sugars added to them over the decades to make them tastier and to ensure consumers will continue to buy. The perfect amount of added sugar...

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