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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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Is Snacking a Dirty Word? The Importance of Snacking for Young Children

We know the importance of small children eating regularly to meet the required amounts of nutrients and calories for optimal growth and development.

But the real questions remain: How often should they snack? What should they snack on? Can they snack too much?

I discuss everything you need to know about children and snacking below.

Fuelling Bodies

We tend to observe that parents are constantly feeding their toddlers a range of carbohydrate-rich processed snacks — including biscuits and fruit yoghurt. This is often aimed at pacifying and entertaining children between meals. The issue with feeding toddlers haphazardly is that they become accustomed to eating when they are bored.

Ideally, young children need at least two hours break in between their meals. This is in order to digest their food properly and experience hunger.

Note: I’ve spoken in the past about the importance of snacking for young children in the past. Read about how often kids should snack here.

Nutritional Properties

The other important thing for parents to know about snacking is that a snack needs to contain positive nutritional properties.

Processed carbohydrate-rich snacks that contain minimal fibre and protein are digested quickly, sending blood glucose levels soaring — resulting in a poorly regulated appetite and overeating. For this reason, nutritionally balanced snacks including cheese, plain yoghurt with fresh fruit and fibre-rich freeze dried fruit, such as Bellamy’s Organic Pear & Apple Snacks, are more substantial. They are filling snacks that will help keep children full for a couple of hours until their next meal.

Mindful, Not Mindless Eating

Like most eating occasions, snacks should be consumed sitting down with the focus on the food. This approach is an important aspect of mindful eating — the ability to focus, savour and be present for eating occasions. Practicing mindful eating with young children educates them of the timeliness to eating. This simple step plays a big role in preventing undesirable eating habits for children as they grow up.

Note: I’ve spoken in the past about overfeeding your child in the past. Read about how to control overfeeding your child here.

Food Labels and Ingredients List

When checking food labels to identify healthy and nutritious snack options for small children be sure to read over the ingredients list.

To begin with, you should choose one snack with whole, nutritious foods listed. For example, with Bellamy’s Organic Berries, Cinnamon and Apple, the only ingredients listed are 100% organic fruit and brown rice. In this snack, there are no additives, processed carbohydrates or added sugars. Bellamy’s food pouch is organic and high in fibre, which will keep small children full for a couple hours — exactly what a nutritionally balanced snack needs to do.

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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.