Articles tagged with: 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. 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?

 

Healthy school fundraising ideas to fatten the bank account not the waistline

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 04 March 2013. Posted in Family and kids
Tagged: balanced diet, children, chocolate, fundraising, healthy kids, junk food, kids, overweight, school lunch, snacks, sweet treats

Healthy school fundraising ideas to fatten the bank account not the waistline

I first wrote about how I hated selling chocolate to raise money for our kids’ school back in 2008 and it really hit a nerve with my readers. I used to get so angry when one of our children would arrive home with a huge box of chocolate bars for me to sell. Once I clapped my eyes on that familiar box (with its soft-sell message of “fundraising chocolate” on each bar), I’d feel my blood pressure start to shoot up! Not many things upset me but this is one that’s guaranteed to make my blood boil!

Product Review: Kraft No Added Salt or Sugar Peanut Butter

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Friday, 01 March 2013. Posted in Reviews
Tagged: #activatedalmonds, allergies, almonds, balanced diet, children, fat, healthy heart, healthy kids, healthy lunches, healthy snacks, kids, meal planning, nuts, oils, overweight, peanut allergy, peanuts, salt, school lunch, snacks, sodium, sugar

Product Review: Kraft No Added Salt or Sugar Peanut Butter

Peanut butter enthusiasts – buckle up. There’s a new healthier alternative in town. I love peanut butter. I remember when I was younger, I’d go for spoonful after spoonful of this sinfully-wonderful-peanut-y-creamy paste after school. Yes, “glutton” I hear you say. But as I grew older, I soon realised that this spread isn’t too innocent afterall.