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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

The Secret to Stress Free Family Meals

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Family mealtimes are frequently identified as one of the most stressful hours in many households. The combination of tired children, exhausted parents and drama about what the family will eat make it tough.

So, below are my top tips for making meal times less of a drama and more enjoyable for everyone.

#1. The earlier the better

One of the biggest issues with modern life is that we often eat late in the day and in a rush—this tends to compound the stress of meal times.

Generally speaking, children under the age of seven will be ready to eat dinner at 5pm. Therefore, once it gets 6 or 7pm they are more likely to be tired and get cranky. While family mealtimes are ideal, if it means that children will not be eating until much later in the evening, it is better to feed them earlier rather than wait.

Another option for busy working families is to offer young children their hot meal at 4 or 5pm and then a little snack when the rest of the family eats dinner. For instance, the snack could be yoghurt, toast or a smaller portion of dinner, which will again take the pressure off trying to get them to eat when they are tired.

#2. Keep the food simple

Kids of all ages like plain food. For instance, a few meatballs and cut up vegetables, salmon mixed with vegetable mash, or a cutlet and some roasted vegetable pieces. Once you know what dishes your kids enjoy, do not feel guilty if you feed them the same meals regularly. My tip is if they like them and eat them, keep making them.

For parents that have young children who attend daycare, keep in mind that they will also be consuming a substantial meal there. This might explain why they aren’t that hungry for dinner on days they go to daycare.

#3. Create a calm zone

This means we must turn the television off and put phones and iPads away. Instead, turn on some chilled music—anything that will create a quiet and relaxed space. Life is so noisy and busy, so the simple act of making dinner a quiet time will help to relax you and the children. It will also help support a stress-free meal environment.

#4. Keep your expectations low

Some days you’ll find children will eat a lot and other days not so much. Some days you’ll find mealtimes will be easy and other days it will be tough. Keeping low expectations of children under the age of five is an easy way to manage your own stress levels on a daily basis.

#5. Involve the kids

Once children reach the age of three or four they begin to enjoy being involved in meal preparation. Including kids in meal prep encourages them to understand their role at meal times.

Easy ways to get the kids involved includes asking them to set the table, get their water bottle ready, cut vegetables and mix sauces. The more interest they have, the more likely they will be to engage and behave at meal times.

For more information on children and feeding, see some my past articles:

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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.