Food and nutrition
What’s the best way to encourage your little ones to eat right? And what if you had four little mouths to feed, like mum of 2 year old quads Fiona Worsley? The ladies on the couch discuss tips to help your child eat healthy foods and stay away from junk. Disguising healthy foods, avoiding food allergies and tips on feeding fussy eaters are all discussed. Jenny Coen also talks about the link between nutrition and behaviour in children.
Chef Janelle Bloom inspires us with healthy snack ideas and Danielle from the Red Cross advises on what to do in a home emergency.
Episode 6 Food and nutritionView all videos
Our guests include:
- Nutritionist, Karen Fischer;
- Danielle Meredith from the Red Cross;
- Tracey Corbin-Matchett, mum of 2;
- Jenny Coen, childhood counsellor;
- Chef, Janelle Bloom and
- Mum to 2 year old quads, Fiona Worsley.
Former TV presenter, Karen Fischer, is now a qualified nutritionist; health columnist and an author. She specialises in skin complaints, eczema and diet. You can review the Q&A session that followed episode 6 of Mums & Bubs earlier this year.
Watch segments and read on to learn more about the topics discussed in Episode 6 of Mums & Bubs.
Each household seems to have at least one fussy eater. What happens when you are a mum of quads? Fiona lets us know that mealtime can be chaotic and stressful and requires almost a military operation to get all the toddlers to eat together, especially when one of them is a particularly fussy eater. It takes a lot of hard work to ensure that a picky eater does eat a healthy and well balanced diet.
Fiona has decided that giving into a fussy eater really doesn’t work. Karen Fischer, nutritionist, confirms this and suggests that being firm and continuing to provide healthy and nutritious foods is very important. Karen believes that it is a parents responsibility to choose the healthy option for the kids as they are unable to make the right choice for themselves as they are really only guided by their tastebuds at a young age. Get tough for your children’s benefit is the key message.
Jenny Coen, Child Counsellor, suggests that children’s behaviour can be affected by what they eat. There is research to support that additives and preservatives used in our everyday foods is often the cause of ‘bad’ behaviours in our children. Tracey (mum of 2) can vouch for the affect that additives have on kids first hand. Her daughter’s behaviour changes dramatically after eating food colourings to the point where she can be violent towards herself. Jenny suggests that lots of mums give these foods with additives and preservatives without being aware that they could be the things causing ‘bad’ behaviour in their kids.
Don’t have bad food in the house is Tracey’s answer, and then the child doesn’t have the option to choose an unhealthy alternative. Fiona also recommends being a role model for your children and chooses not to eat junk food in front of her own children.
Tracey’s children have a new appreciation of where food comes from since they planted a vegetable patch in the garden and got chickens who lay plenty of eggs. Now her girls help to pick and wash the vegetables and are very happy to eat what they have made.
Further reading on the Huggies site:
- Kids Health Issues
- So your child is a picky eater too!
- Food allergies and intolerance – The facts
- Gardening for Kids
Cooking with Janelle Bloom
Rachel joins Janelle in the kitchen to prepare some delicious recipes with hidden vegetables to entice the fussiest of eaters. Janelle suggests that getting the kids involved in the meal preparation is an important part of encouraging them to eat well.
Her tips include:
- Get the kids to help,
- Make a meal look interesting,
- Sneak the vegies in where ever you can
- Finely chopped vegetables are your best bet,
- Bite size pieces can be easier for toddlers to manage.
She shows us how easy it is to turn a ‘boring’ lunch into a fun meal with sandwich sushi and shares her Choc Chip Banana Bread recipe. It’s sure to be a family favourite and can be pre-sliced and frozen ready for playgroup lunch boxes. We have a huge selection of recipes available on the Huggies website.
Further reading on the Huggies site:
- The Huggies Cookbook
- Fruit Juice – How much is too much?
- How Much Should My Child Be Eating?
- Freezing, Defrosting and Reheating – What’s Safe?
First aid for kids
Danielle from the Red Cross joins the mums to demonstrate what to do to treat some of the most common emergencies in a home with young children – choking, poisons and burns. She recommends that every home should have a fully stocked first aid kit, but more importantly, every parent should know how to use what’s inside and that means doing a first aid course.
She provided a demonstration of what to do in the event of choking and reminded us that if you suspect your child has swallowed a poison, you should call the Poisons Information Line for advice immediately, 13 11 26 (AUS) or *24 Hour *Poisons Information Line: 0800 764 766 (NZ).