Family and kids

Q. How do I get my kids to eat vegetables?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Wednesday, 12 February 2014. Posted in Family and kids
Tagged: children, colours, dinners, family, family fare, fussy eaters, healthy eating, healthy kids, kids, nutrition, vegetables

Q. How do I get my kids to eat vegetables?

A. It's hard work! But it pays to be persistent. Over the years, I've worked out a number of techniques to help parents and used them on our kids when they were younger (and we had one of the world's fussiest eaters in our daughter!). 

Q. My child won't eat breakfast. What do I do?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 03 February 2014. Posted in Family and kids
Tagged: breakfast, breakfast cereals, healthy eating, healthy kids, kids

Q. My child won't eat breakfast. What do I do?

A. Studies have shown that children who don't eat breakfast have trouble concentrating and do not perform at their best at school during morning lessons. So it's worthwhile trying to get something into them in the morning.

Q. Is there a limit to the amount of omega-3s a child should consume?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 24 January 2014. Posted in Family and kids
Tagged: children, fatty acids, healthy cooking, healthy kids, oilyfish, omega-3

Q. Is there a limit to the amount of omega-3s a child should consume?

Q. While I understand the benefits of omega-3, is there a limit to the amount a young child, such as a 2-year-old, should consume?

Q. Are energy drinks safe for kids to drink?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 20 January 2014. Posted in Family and kids
Tagged: caffeine, children, energy drinks, healthy eating, healthy kids, kids, sugar, sugary drinks

Q. Are energy drinks safe for kids to drink?

A. Energy drinks are really soft drinks with caffeine whether it's added or derived from guarana, the seeds of a climbing vine native to South America. The level of caffeine is generally around 80mg per 250ml can, which is around twice what you'd get from a 375 ml can of cola soft drink (which has always contained a small amount of caffeine) and roughly equal to a cup of brewed coffee.

Q. Why do kids refuse to eat vegies?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 17 January 2014. Posted in Family and kids
Tagged: fussy eaters, healthy eating, healthy kids, kids, nutrition, vegetables

Q. Why do kids refuse to eat vegies?

A. Lots of reasons ranging from the colour (green means 'yuk' to many kids), texture, as well as their strong, distinctive taste. If your family dinners are a battle zone over vegetables, then you'll be heartened to discover another plausble reason - family genetics! New research shows there may be a genetic reason for this dislike of the humble vegetable.

Q. Our kids have so many activities after school it’s hard for us all to eat together. Does this matter?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 13 January 2014. Posted in Family and kids
Tagged: dinners, exercise, family, family fare, healthy kids, kids

Q.  Our kids have so many activities after school it’s hard for us all to eat together. Does this matter?

A. Family meals are really important – not only for nutrition but for the conversation. A large US study has confirmed that eating dinner as a family makes good nutritional sense, leading to better quality diets for older children and teens.

Goat's milk, soy milk or cow's milk - how do they compare nutritionally?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 10 January 2014. Posted in Family and kids
Tagged: calcium, goat's milk, healthy kids, kids, lactose, lactose intolerance, milk, soy, soy milk

Goat's milk, soy milk or cow's milk -  how do they compare nutritionally?

Q. I have a two-year-old son who is lactose intolerant. How do goat's milk and soy milk compare nuritionally to ordinary cow's milk? And is he likely to grow out of this?

 

Q. Should children drink low-fat or full-fat milk?

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 20 December 2013. Posted in Family and kids
Tagged: children, fat, low fat, milk, nutrition

Q. Should children drink low-fat or full-fat milk?

[THE QUESTION IN FULL]  Q.  We hear about childhood obesity all the time. Should kids be switching to lite milk or stay with full fat? Seems lite milks still have all the calcium etc., they need?