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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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Foods That Boost Brain Development in Children

A recent report out of the US has revealed a lack of nutrients during the first five years of a child’s life is crucial to their cognitive and social development.

While we often focus on eating the right foods when we are pregnant and breastfeeding, it is easy to lose this focus when our tots are small. Sometimes the worry of getting your toddlers to eat nutritious food can take the focus away from the key foods your children need for optimal brain development.

Below I discuss the four key nutrients small children need in their diet and the foods they can absorb them from.

Omega 3

It is well documented that the long chain fats found primarily in oily fish offer a number of nutritional benefits — including being linked to improved cognitive function in children.

Ideally foods rich in Omega 3, like salmon, need to be eaten two to three times each week to get the idea amount of fats into your child’s diet. Grain-based breads are another option to boost Omega 3 fat intake. If you are finding it hard to get Omega 3 into your child’s meals regularly, you can look to offering them a supplement every few days.

My Omega 3 recipe options for kids include:

Iron

While an adequate iron intake is crucial for cognitive development in children, we know that a significant number of Aussie kids do not get enough iron due to poor red meat intake.

Young children need small portions of lean red meat at least three times each week — however many of us parents know that for fussy eaters this can be an issue. Child friendly recipes that offer good amounts of iron, include mince and egg-based dishes. Eggs also offer a relatively high amount of iron, which can be a great substitute for non-meat eaters.

My iron loaded recipe options for kids include:

Zinc

In Australia our intake of zinc is relatively low — particularly in young children who are not big red meat eaters. Look to whole grains and shellfish — both of which offer a small amount of zinc. You can also look to increasing red meat and dairy intakes — again both of which are the richest sources of zinc. In an ideal world these foods should be consumed most days to ensure adequate intake and help improve brain development, attention and memory.

My zinc-based recipe options for kids include:

Iodine

Mild iodine deficiency is relatively common in Australia due to our low iodine levels in the soil. Alarmingly, low iodine is linked to lower cognitive functioning in children — for this reason ensuring that we get enough iodine is not only crucial for our metabolic health but also our mental health.

Iodine is another key nutrient that is not easy for little ones to get in their daily diets. Seaweed and iodised salt are the two major sources of iodine and should be included regularly in your little one’s diet.

Some of my iodine-rich recipe options for kids include:

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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.