Who doesn’t start the New Year pledging to begin a new healthier lifestyle? Eating well can be a challenge, especially when there is such an overwhelming range of advice. Luckily we have done the hard work for you.
Following a fad diet, or being overly restrictive, will not help you or your family achieve your health goals. Healthy eating does not mean you have to stick to boring and bland foods.
Here are our suggestions of what you and your family should be eating this New Year.
Feeding Your Baby
Are you weaning your baby yet, or starting to introduce them to solids? See below for some delicious and healthy recipes to make sure your baby has a balanced diet and grows up strong and healthy.
TOP TIP: Make sure you don’t leave it too late to introduce protein foods to your baby. Around 6 months the iron a baby inherits from his mother starts to run down and so you need to be introducing iron rich foods like red meat and lentils. Omega 3’s are important for the development of your baby’s brain and also their visual development and salmon provides one of the best sources of omega 3’s. Chicken is very versatile and combines well with root vegetables and fruit . Fruit and Vegetable purees are good to begin with but babies also need nutrient dense foods to fuel their rapid growth . A baby grows more rapidly in their first year than at any other time in their life.
Feeding Your Toddler
Do you have a fussy eating toddler who refuses to eat anything with greens in, or anything remotely healthy. See below for some of our top healthy recipes designed especially for those fussy eaters.
TOP TIP: If children will not eat vegetables, create recipes that vegetables can be blended into such as a tomato and vegetable sauce for pasta or mashed potato with carrot. What children can’t see, they can’t pick out. Also many children like eating with their fingers so serve vegetables like whole corn on the cob or carrot and cucumber sticks.
Yes, it is possible to eat delicious food without disregarding healthy eating habits. Stick to lean proteins and starchy carbs. See below for our top flavorful recipes to keep you healthy and in-shape this New Year.
TOP TIP: Don’t cut carb-rich foods out of your diet completely. Carbs supply us with energy and help us to stay awake and alert throughout the day. The key is to choose carbs that produce a steady rise in blood sugar, which means passing on the sugary ‘white’ foods and going for high fibre whole-grains. Swap your white rice for brown, and satisfy those sweet cravings with our variety of oatmeal snacks (such as our Trail Mix Bars)