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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

Pregnancy cravings: How strange can it get?

Nearly half of pregnant women report craving at least one food during pregnancy, often craving something sweet. Quite often these cravings come out of nowhere, and some can be particularly unusual and not usually consumed outside of pregnancy. The reason for this is the extreme hormonal changes a woman goes through when pregnant, which can greatly impact taste and smell. Something you never imagined eating may suddenly be all you think about, while something you once loved could make you gag at the mere thought.

1. What are common cravings experienced during pregnancy?

Whilst some people may think that some cravings can be associated with nutritional deficiencies, there is no evidence that this is true. Cravings may also be as a result of hormonal changes. Cravings can occur as early as the first trimester and peak in the second trimester. Some common food cravings include:

  • Sweets such as chocolate, cakes, pastries
  • Salty foods such as chips, nachos, crackers

Other reported and less common cravings include:

  • Banana with Vegemite
  • Ice cream with chips
  • Pickles with peanut butter
  • Banana pancakes with feta cheese
  • Fried chicken with mashed apple

2. How do you manage cravings?

Whilst it is quite normal to experience food cravings during your pregnancy, it is important to try and choose healthy options where you can to ensure you are maintaining your energy and increased nutritional requirements over this time. In addition, frequent consumption of high energy snacks may also impact on unnecessary weight gain during pregnancy.

Some helpful tips to managing your food cravings include:

  • Eat regular, healthy meals, to help prevent sudden feelings of hunger
  • Try and shop for healthy snacks to keep in your home so that if you have sudden cravings for less healthy options, you are not tempted to choose unhealthy, nutrient poor choices
  • Try and include some physical activity such as walking to help ward off unhealthy food cravings
  • Don’t do the grocery shopping when you are hungry
  • Choose healthy, low glycaemic index (GI) foods that keep you full for longer- these include:
    • Wholegrain crackers or a slice of bread
    • Cheese
    • Yoghurt
    • Fruit
    • Nuts
    • Homemade smoothies
    • Hardboiled eggs
    • Homemade muffins which include nuts and fruit
  • Try and have plenty of rest and sleep. Often poor food choices come from when you are feeling tired and lacking energy

3. Food aversions

Common in pregnancy are food aversions where you can no longer tolerate a food or foods that were previously enjoyed before pregnancy. This is completely normal and no cause for concern. The important thing to remember is that if this is a food that makes up the 5 food groups (Meats, Wholegrain breads and cerals, fruit, vegetables and dairy), try and replace with a similar food from that category. For example if you cannot tolerate the following:

  • Fish: choose poultry, nuts, seeds, egg, meat
  • Dairy: choose almond or soy milk, dairy free yoghurt, tofu, tahini (sesame paste)

Summary: Food cravings and aversions during pregnancy are very common. It is important that whilst having a sweet or savoury treat is okay, try and balance this with a healthy diet to ensure you maintain energy and nutritional needs for both you and your baby.

General tips:

  1. Food cravings are normal during pregnancy. Try and balance treats with healthy meal and snack options.
  2. Food preparation in advance may help when you experience food cravings such as baking some muffins or cookies that use healthier ingredients rather than sugars and saturated fats.

If you experience food aversions to foods in the 5 food groups, try and replace this with an equivalent alternative

About the author

Marisa Nastasi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian for Bellamy’s Organic. She specialises in children's nutrition and has recently completed further studies in paediatric dietetics. She has worked in the industry for 8 years and has developed a strong working knowledge on how good quality diets can benefit the health of children so that they can develop to their full potential.

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.