Parent Nutrition

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

It’s important to eat a range of nutritious foods throughout your pregnancy, but there are some foods that you’re advised to either limit or avoid. This is mainly due to certain foods increasing your risk of food poisoning. So in this blog we’ll explore the foods you need to both limit and avoid, to help…

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How to Eat Well During Your Pregnancy

A healthy balanced diet is important for our health at any stage of life, but it’s especially important to eat well during your pregnancy. This is to ensure that both you and your developing baby get the energy and nutrients that you need. The good news is, you don’t need to follow a special diet…

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Seasonal Vegetables and Fruit

Veg Power (opens in new tab) has launched an appeal to get us all eating more seasonal vegetables (and fruit) to support food producers and reduce food waste Let’s take a look at more of the benefits of eating seasonal vegetables and fruit.  Seasonal vegetables and fruit are typically of a higher quality and flavour…

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Example recipes: Breakfast- Porridge with chopped dates, sliced orange and natural yoghurt. Lunch/ Tea- Spiced lamb koftas with chickpeas, peppers sticks, pitta bread and yoghurt. Pudding- fruit scones with cream cheese and strawberries. Snacks- hard boiled egg fingers with mashed avocado.

Child-Friendly Recipes and Cooking Activities

In this blog we bring together all of our favourite child-friendly recipes and cooking activities and put them into free handy activity cards/ recipe videos. Each recipe outlines the ingredients that you’ll need and a detailed step-by-step guide on how to create it. Most of our recipes use simple ingredients and only require basic kitchen…

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Portion Size Guide for Adults and Children

It’s important for us to eat a variety of foods from the four main food groups to ensure we get all the nutrients we need. However, it can be tricky to know how much is enough. That’s why we’ve created this blog, to help outline portion size guidance for adults and children and provide some…

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Choosing a Cup for your Baby

Introducing your baby to a cup is an important step as it requires them to sip. This helps them to develop the muscles in and around their face and mouth which are helpful for biting, chewing and talking. This blog will support you in choosing the right cup for your baby.  Current guidelines recommend (opens…

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Baby Foods – homemade or shop-bought?

If you’ve ever taken a stroll down the baby food isle in a supermarket, you’ll have seen the huge variety of foods and products on offer. It can seem like a minefield! Parents often ask us which is better, homemade or shop-bought baby foods? In this blog we’ll be exploring how you can make simple…

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Snack Ideas for Children

One of the most common requests we receive from parents here at Early Start Nutrition, is for snack ideas for children. In this blog we explore how to incorporate snacks into your little ones mealtime routine, how to plan healthy snacks and which foods to include.  As part of a healthy meal routine, try to…

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Planning Vegetarian Meals for Children

Vegetarian meals and snacks are suitable for all children as long as they are planned to include a wide range of foods to meet their nutritional needs. Vegetarian meals have become popular choices for many families and their children. Some of the main reasons for choosing a vegetarian diet is due to dietary preferences, as…

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Cheese sandwich, cherry tomatoes, hummus, carrot sticks, berries and yogurt with berries in a packed lunch box with a water bottle.

Top tips for creating a healthy packed lunch for kids

Sending your kids to school, nursery or holiday clubs with a healthy packed lunch is important. What they eat throughout the day supports their growth and development, and also fuels their ability to learn, concentrate and play. Let’s take a look at our top tips for planning healthy, nutritious packed lunches for your little ones….

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