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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

Choosing Healthy Snacks

two children in school uniform

two children in school uniform

The snack food section of the supermarket, for both adults and children, continues to grow. However, it can be easy to get confused about what makes a nutritionally sound snack choice for small children. To help you at the supermarket, I’ve compiled a short guide to the things I look for in a nutritionally sound snack food.

Does it contain any positive nutrients?

Some examples of positive nutrients are fibre, protein or whole grains — these nutrients will contribute positively to your child’s overall dietary intake. Keeping in mind that young children do not need a lot of food, we ideally want to maximise the positive nutrients that are being consumed.

For instance, a slice of cheese contains protein, magnesium and calcium, among other key nutrients. If you compare this to a few rice crackers, which offer little more than processed carbohydrates, the cheese is a much better option.

As a rough rule of thumb, any food that contains 3-5 grams of protein or 2-3 grams of dietary fibre, is more likely to be a good snack option.

What does the ingredient list look like?

Look out for foods that contain only a few simple ingredients — like milk, fruit, and vegetables — as it is likely to be a good choice as it’s in a natural state.

On the other hand, processed snack bars and biscuits — with long ingredient lists — are more likely to be not so good for us nutritionally. For example, this might be a muesli finger which contains: Fruit and Fruit Juice, Muesli, Rice Flour, Sugar, Honey, Yoghurt Coating, Maize Starch, Skim Milk Powder and Citrus fibre. Looking at this long ingredient list, it is safe to say that no toddler needs a muesli bar that contains refined flours and added sugar when they are so young.

Does it contain concentrated sugars?

A quick scan of any ingredient list will also reveal if a food contains added sugar. Sugar may be listed as sugar itself, but remember it can also be disguised as honey, glucose, rice malt syrup, dextrose, barley malt, sucrose, and agave syrup.

It is often reported that some sugars are better than others. This is with the exception of the natural sugars fructose, which is found naturally in fresh fruit, and lactose, which is found naturally in dairy. However, added sugar is still best avoided where possible, especially for young children.

How big should the snack be?

There is a big difference between a mini yoghurt tube and an adult sized serve of breakfast biscuits. Young children need small serves of food. So, if the snack is adult size or contains more than 150 calories, it is too big for them and too high in calories.

For more information on nutrition and snacking for kids, see my articles below:

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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.