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

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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.

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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 Techniques for Helping your Kids Eat Their Veggies

shutterstock_178116920We all know how important it is to eat fruits and vegetables, but getting kids to eat them isn’t always a simple process. So how do you try to feed the stubborn eater with healthy foods? Do you try the Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham method of cajoling children to eat using a series of tempting tricks, or do you stick to tough love?

We’ve done the research and have come up with the top 12 tried and tested ways to get kids to love their veggies.

  • Repetition

The latest study from the University of Leeds gives new support to an old theory: that familiarity breeds affection. Essentially, the more times a child is exposed to a fruit or vegetable, the more likely they are to enjoy it. 8-10 exposures is recommended, but sometimes it can take double that.

Exposing infants to a new vegetable early and more often in life, can encourage them to not only develop a taste but to also eat more of the vegetable, compared to offering novel vegetables to older children. Remember to always be patient and try thanking your little one for trying different fruits and vegetables, even if they don’t like them at first.

  • Comprehension

Many kids will voluntarily consume a vegetable if they know how much it will benefit them. Some ideas to help kids comprehend the importance include using books, diagrams, and videos to explain how vegetables can benefit their body. For example, you could use Popeye as an example and tell them how eating spinach will make them strong.

  • Healthy snacks

Aim for healthy snacks which will complement main meals. A child who is used to eating healthy snacks is much more likely to tuck into their vegetables than a child who has been snacking on biscuits all afternoon. Ideas for healthy vegetable snacks include celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, and raw carrots.

  • Quicker cooking

Not only does quicker cooking help to lock in the important nutrients found in veggies, it will also help keep colours strong and texture firm. Overcooked vegetables lose their visual appeal, and have stronger smells that can be unpleasant for sensitive little noses. Try a quick blanch or steam for quicker cooking of vegetables for your family.

  • Grow your own or visit the farmers market

Getting kids to be hands-on with their veggies will strengthen their bond with foods, and can help make vegetables appear much more exciting. Try letting your children find the freshest looking leaves, talk to the producers, help plant and maintain your vegetable garden, and let the kids pick and help prepare herbs to add to cooking. The key to this idea is for your little ones to develop a relationship with the food you want them to eat.

  • Keep it simple

Keep it simple and colourful by choosing just three vegetables to go onto the plate. The concept of tasting plates is a great idea for introducing veggies. Why not try a few peas, a couple of carrot coins and one piece of broccoli alongside a small piece of meat.

  • Cook together

While cooking with your children is a fantastic way to help strengthen the bond between ingredients and the tummy. According to food journalist Michael Pollan, it’s the collapse of home cooking that led directly to the obesity epidemic.

Try experimenting and sampling items in a variety of ways by asking your child to try a bite of first raw, then steamed, microwaved, fried or roasted carrot. Try kale plain, and then add it to a smoothie or salad. You will then get a good understanding of their preferred ways, and your child will enjoy the “game” concept.

  • Lead by example

The best predictor of a child’s eating behaviour is the eating patterns of the parents. When children see that fruits and vegetables are at the forefront of your meals, they are much more likely to recognise the importance of them and follow in Mum and Dad’s footsteps.

  • Make food fun

Kids love to play games and get imaginative, so use this when it comes to dinner time. An example would be if your son hates the idea of eating broccoli, tempt him by threatening the chase of a T-Rex. The only way he can outrun the ferocious beast is to eat his broccoli, which will give him speed. Alternatively, inform him that in order to become the tallest brontosaurus, he must first eat 3 trees.

The aim is to relate healthy food to the fun things your child already loves. Another idea is to play ‘lucky veggies’. Bring a single die to the table and starting with the youngest player, roll the die to see how many veggies they have to eat. Pass the die to the next player and continue. Whoever eats all their veggies first, wins!

  • Keep dinner time positive

Fighting, forcing foods, and punishments all make for a negative dinner experience, which instead of fixing bad eating habits can increase picky tendencies. Some idea which could be helpful, is to try setting a rule that your child has to always at least try, where one bite is required and if no more is eaten on that occasion, then that’s okay.

  • Offer rewards

Rewarding a child for taking a bite of food they ‘don’t like’ offers an immediate positive effect of eating healthy. You can try offer stickers, an extra book at bedtime or a tick on a reward chart, but refrain from offering dessert as a reward.

  • Flavour pair

Don’t let your food limitations limit the combinations you give your children. Interesting and unique combinations can sometimes be appealing to kids, and there’s nothing wrong with pairing vegetables with other different flavours. Carrot sticks can be dipped in cream cheese and hummus, or a plate of vegetables can be topped with melted cheese. Get your kids involved and try asking them for combo suggestions they might enjoy.

How do you get your kids to eat their veggies?

Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Infant Formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.
  • A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding may reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.
  • If you use infant formula, all preparation and feeding instructions must be followed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important for your baby’s health.