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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

How to Eat Well on a Budget

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Tough financial times means pulling the belt in on our spending. While we cannot stop eating all together, any savings to the weekly food bill are welcomed.

While in an ideal world each of us would grow our own fresh fruits and vegetables to save a few dollars, how realistic is that when you cannot even find time to get to the supermarket each week?

The good news is that significant savings can be made by simply being aware of where you spend the most money on food each week. That way, you can utilise a few simple techniques to help you cut back without compromising on nutritional quality or food taste.

Plan your meals

One of the most important things you can do to manage your food budget is to plan weekly meals. Consider how many times you spend $20 at the supermarket or service station on dietary staples — it really adds up.

Planning in advance means that you can make meals last a couple of days and use leftovers for lunch — saving yourself another $5 to $10 per day. Main meals consisting of lean meat, chicken or fish with the recommended two to three cups of vegetables or salad are most cheaply prepared in bulk.

It is also cheaper to purchase larger quantities of fresh food together and by cooking in bulk you can also avoid food being thrown away each week. Meals like casseroles, stir fries, mince and tuna dishes, can either be reheated over several days or reworked into a number of different recipes — with no wastage occurring!

Make protein go further

We often serve larger portions of protein than we actually need. This can be at the expense of extra vegetables or cheaper filling food options — like potato and legumes. So, make your protein go the distance!

For example, with a 500g serve of protein, aim to feed at least four people, with one serve of leftovers for lunch. To achieve this, you will need to add vegetables and legumes to bulk the protein. For example, bulk mince meat with kidney beans and vegetables, or turn chicken thighs into a casserole or stir fry.

Some of my healthy meat-based recipe options for little ones include:

Know your cheap protein and vegetable options

Fresh produce, including meat and vegetables, push the grocery bill up quickly. However, there are a few tricks to bring the cost of these items down.

High biological value proteins, like eggs, can be a great substitute for meals containing red meat. You can also try using cheaper cuts of meat, like mince, which can be bulked up with beans.

Money can also be saved by substituting fresh tomatoes, beans, broccoli and cauliflower for frozen and canned varieties as these are all items that can suffer from major price increases over the course of the season.

Remember that frozen vegetables have been snap frozen so they contain the same amount of nutrients as fresh vegetables. It’s overcooking the vegetables which results in significant reductions on nutritional quality.

Some of my healthy veggie-based recipe options for little ones include:

Go to the markets

If you consider that you can purchase a tray of your favourite fruit for the same price as a few pieces at a grocery store — it really does make sense to take a trip to the markets each week.

This is especially true for families who go through large volumes of fresh produce each week. Or better still, organise a co-op with a few close friends and take turns each month on stocking up on your fresh fruits and veggies — it will cost a fraction of the price!

Pay attention to specials

Supermarkets don’t spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising for nothing. Make the most of the advertising material that finds its way into your letter box each week as you can save a lot of money purchasing items when they are on sale. Checking out the new ‘discount’ style supermarkets can also help you save money by buying non-branded items.

Bulk up with soup

A number of studies have found that enjoying a clear broth-style soup before your meal results in individuals eating up to 20% less at dinner time. This helps with weight control and increasing the intake of nutrient-rich vegetables — meaning less reliance on more expensive meal options of meat and fresh vegetables.

Try following your soup with an omelette or baked beans on toast for a filling, fibre-rich yet cheap dinner option.

Key supermarket items for shopping on a budget

It’s always best to prepare a shopping list when you are heading to the supermarket. To help out, I’ve included some options below which are great, low-cost foods to stock up on (especially when they are on sale) at the supermarket.

  • Frozen vegetables
  • Mince meat
  • Canned fish
  • Long life milk
  • Lentils or legumes
  • Canned soup
  • Meat that is on special

Note: I’ve written previously on the ‘Top 10 supermarket foods to grab on-the-go’ see this article here.

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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.