As of last month, I'm the parent of two teenagers!! And while peer pressure hasn't really shown itself (yet), I'm beginning to wonder whether the desire to fit in is starting to show itself in my otherwise self-assured daughter - when it comes to what food she eats. Or perhaps it's just FOMO (fear of … Continue reading Teenagers and Healthy Food Habits
Lolly cake, fairy bread, chips, fizzy drink... Children's birthday parties often come with lots of sweet treats and unhealthy food and drink as we all celebrate the yearly milestone. We can lose control with what and how much our children consume, especially if we aren't present. The result: a hyped up child, sometimes with the … Continue reading Children and Party Food
With a title like that, don't misunderstand me. I'm not saying academic intelligence is everything; I would actually go as far as saying emotional intelligence is more important. Yes our children use their brains for learning English and Math and for understanding the world around us, but they also use it for everyday cognition (thinking) … Continue reading Feeding our Kids’ Brains
A few years ago I became aware of how the produce we eat this century is so very, VERY different from the previous. Due to modern agriculture, important nutrients are depleted - even missing completely - from the soils we now grow our grains, fruit and vegetables in. Add to that artificial ripening and the … Continue reading Getting The Most From Your Fruit and Vegetables
Is carrageenan listed as an ingredient in your almond milk, dairy-free cheese or coconut icecream? Most people these days know there is controversy around the safety of the flavour enhancer MSG (additive #621 or monosodium glutamate). Although I had no idea back in my uni days until I had a flatmate who reacted to soy … Continue reading The Additive Hiding in Dairy-Free Foods
A perfect example of why you need to read the ingredients list! A while ago I decided to buy some flavoured crackers (yes - made with white flour, which we hardly ever do, but that's the beauty of a 90/10 philosophy). I was in a rush and spotted some Arnott's Shapes with "No Artificial Flavours" marketed … Continue reading No Artificial Flavours. Really?