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NEW FOOD PACKAGING IN STORE NOW

From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

  • CURRENT Packaging
  • new Packaging

We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

Products purchased via the website will be delivered to customers in our old packaging until the end of October. From November, products ordered from the website will be delivered in the new packaging.

Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

For any questions, connect with our team of accredited practising Dietitians on +61 3 6332 9200

Product name changes

  • Cereal Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Baby Rice
  • NEW Packaging Organic Rice with Prebiotic (GOS) Note: Our Baby Rice recipe has been upgraded to now include GOS Prebiotic
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Vanilla Rice Custard
  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Porridge
  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
  • Ready To Serve Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Banana, Pear & Mango
  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Mango, Blueberry & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Blueberry, Mango & Apple
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Peach & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Grape, Apple & Peach
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
  • RUSKS NAME CHANGES
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks
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12 Ways to Encourage Kids To Make Healthy Eating Choices

How To Make Healthy Eating Fun and Educational for Children

A nutrient rich, balanced diet plays a crucial role in the cognitive and physical development of your child. It is important to understand that a healthy diet with the right nutrition, will enhance lifelong habits and reduce the risk of becoming sick.

In order to ensure your child is consuming a nutritious diet, the Australian Dietary Guidelines recommends enjoying foods from the 5 major food groups:

  • Vegetables and legumes/beans
  • Fruit
  • Grains (cereal products, mostly wholegrain and/or high fibre cereal
  • Lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, legumes and beans
  • Milk, yoghurt, cheese, and/or alternatives

And, drinking plenty of water.

So, how can we make healthy food choices fun and education for children?

  1. Get them involved in shopping, planning and preparing

Involving children will likely increase their interest in the process and make them more inclined to enjoy a meal that they helped prepare. Even toddlers can get involved by selecting the apples and pears and helping make simple recipes such as frozen yoghurt popsicles. Kids love to help! Allow your children to help in the kitchen where possible, not only will this help develop their fine motor skills but will help them understand different preparation and cooking methods.

  1. Make healthy snacks available and exciting

Give them independence by keeping these healthy snacks in handy-to-reach places, in fun, colourful baskets. Children love colour, they will naturally be attracted to pick something out that is appealing to them. Have a bowl of seasonal fruit readily available, at the start of each day encourage them to put together a fruit salad to snack on throughout the day.

  1. Promote a healthy mealtime environment

Mealtimes should be in an enjoyable, relaxed and comfortable environment. Distractions such as TV’s, phones and iPads should not be in use, so your child will be paying attention to their hunger and fullness cues and the healthy food choices you have presented them with. Enjoy eating as a family, share what you did with you day and talk about the meal. Studies have shown that children are more likely to consume fresh produce, and healthy meals when eating with their parents. Research conducted by the University of Montreal showed that children who regularly ate with their family at the age of 6, were more likely to make healthy food choices by the age of 10 and into adolescence.

  1. Offer choice

Kids like to feel some responsibility for what they eat and enjoy being given freedom at mealtimes. But this doesn’t mean you should ask them what they want! To avoid cooking four different meals to suit every taste, create a weekly menu and allow them to choose what meal they would like to eat on which day. Have this discussion at the start of the day, perhaps over breakfast so it gives you plenty of time to prepare

  1. Go to the source

Kids love to know where things come from and understanding the source of their food can help them form an attachment. Under normal circumstances, arrange a trip to a dairy farm and let your child drink milk fresh from the cow, visit a berry farm and pick fruit straight from the plant. Whilst living in a pandemic you may need to think outside the box, you could start your own fruit, vegetable and herb garden. Also, visit your local council’s website, there are many ways that they are trying to promote small, wholesale produce businesses and provide fresh produce to those in need. When available, you could also visit the local community and farmers markets. This broadens your child’s understanding of healthy eating and alternatives to purchasing from a supermarket.

  1. Be a good role model

What you eat greatly influences what your children eat. Research has shown that parents who consume a well-balanced, healthy diet positively influences the food choices of their children. Children are very aware of the behaviours of their parents; they will often mirror and want to consume the same thing as their parents. It is important that parents are aware of this and model healthy behaviours, especially at snack times. Instead of reaching for a packet of potato chips, opt for an apple.

  7. Exposure to new foods

Children need approximately 10-15 exposures to a new food before they will show an acceptance or rejection towards the food. Research has shown that repeated exposure to foods that children react negatively to will increase their familiarity, and therefore their liking. Exposing children to a variety of different textures from as early as 6 months of age, will also increase the long-term acceptability of new foods.

  1. Read books and have discussions

Kids respond well to hidden messages rather than direct instructions or information given to them by an adult. Choose books that explore healthy eating, when a fruit or vegetable pops up in a picture book, encourage your child to identify what it is and start up a conversation explaining how why consuming foods like the one they identified is important for good health

See tips for ‘Fussy Eating in Toddlers’ for more information.

References:

  1. The Royal Children’s Hospital. Kids Health Information Nutrition – School-age to adolescence [internet]. Parkville: Victoria; c2021 [cited 2021 Sep 14]. Available from: https://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/fact_sheets/Nutrition_older_children/
  2. National Health and Medical Research Council, Department of Health and Ageing [internet]. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia; c2017. Australian Guide to Healthy Eating [cited Sep 14 2021]. Available from: https://www.eatforhealth.gov.au/guidelines/australian-guide-healthy-eating
  3. Ellis E. Eat Right- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: How to Encourage Kids to Embrace Healthy Eating [internet]; c2021 [cited 2021 Sep 14]. Available from: https://www.eatright.org/food/nutrition/healthy-eating/how-to-encourage-kids-to-embrace-healthy-eating
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  5. Hospitals Contribution Fund. Family Meals: The Importance of Eating Together Regularly [internet]. Commonwealth of Australia; c2021 [cited 2021 Sep 15]. Available from: https://www.hcf.com.au/health-agenda/work-life/family/benefits-importance-eating-together-family
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