How to pack the ultimate beach picnic for your family

Baby on beach eating banana

Today we welcome mum and business owner, Melanie Aslanidis from Beachside Collective – an online space for lovers of coastal design and island style.  She’s giving us her tips on how to pack the ultimate beach picnic for your family!  Over to you Mel…

It’s that time of year when it’s the perfect weather to get out and about in the Australian Summer and enjoy a beach picnic with little ones.  There is nothing like a cool dip in the ocean and the feeling of sand between your toes to bring you back to nature and let relaxation wash over you.

However, getting to the beach is often not stress free with kids.  When you need to cart along towels, buckets, spades, beach tents and a toddler under one arm, it can be super tempting to buy fish and chips or unhealthy snacks from the shops just to eliminate one more layer of packing.  But, before you crack out the salt laced snacks, check out these tips for what to pack and how to pack it! Hopefully this will make your beach day a little easier!Continue Reading →

Healthy lunchbox snacks your kids will actually eat

Happy school girl with healthy lunchbox snacks

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In just a few short weeks, Julian will be starting school, and I’m starting to think about how I can pack some healthy lunchbox snacks that he will actually eat.

Where did the last five years go?  My little man is growing up, and he is super excited about the adventures to come.  If you’ve been following me for a while you will know that I’m pretty passionate about nourishing my family (as we pretty much all are right?) but I am also realistic and know that as life gets busier, I won’t always have time to be baking from scratch for hours on end anymore… so I have been on the hunt for some healthy lunchbox snacks that Julian will actually eat!  And I’m so pleased to be sharing with you what I’ve found…Continue Reading →

How to choose healthy pre-packaged snack foods for your kids

woman reading labels of healthy pre-packaged-snacks

We all know that kids need to eat a variety of fresh foods to be healthy. Great. We also know that packing a lunchbox with fresh food can be challenging at times. It might be a Monday morning emergency when the fridge is empty and the fruit bowl only contains one limp looking banana. Or perhaps you’ve got a super fussy child who only likes plain, white, crispy foods. Or perhaps you just don’t have a lot of time, but the canteen is closed that day. Whatever your reason, sometimes you just need the convenience of a healthy pre-packaged snack to pack in the lunchbox.  So, what to choose?Continue Reading →

3 Step Nutrition Plan for Mums to Thrive this Festive Season

Nutrition Plan for Mums - Mother and daughter with christmas cookies

Today we welcome Natalie Thompson, Accredited Practicing Dietitian, to share with us her amazing 3 Step Nutrition Plan for Mums to Thrive this Festive Season.

Christmas. Does it evoke emotions of anxiety? Running yourself ragged from all the social commitments, the obligatory extended family get-together, the endless amounts of food and alcohol.  for Mums

It should be a happy time of year to celebrate with family and friends.

Even though it is usually busy socially, it is a great time to slow down and reflect.  Reflect personally and professionally on the year that was and the coming year.Continue Reading →

How to enjoy healthy meals without the stress this festive season

A collaboration between Hello Fresh and Little Peeps Eats.

Every day I seem to have something new added to the Christmas social calendar, which has started to impact my ability to provide my family with healthy meals.  This week, I have work Christmas functions, kids sporting activities, daycare graduation and Christmas party, and an extended family festive celebration on the weekend.  During the busy festive season,  it can be difficult to find time to meal plan and often we end up making unhealthy choices for our family as we crave some convenience among the chaos.Continue Reading →

Fussy Eating – How to get your child to eat healthy meals

fussy eater

Thanks to Jodie Read, Certified Paediatric Dietitian (and co-founder of Rainebeau Co), for contributing this fantastic guest blog on Fussy Eating to Little Peeps Eats.  

How do we get our children to eat healthy meals?

Fussy eating is a normal stage for your child to go through, and this happens usually around the toddler years. Some children will insist on only eating the same thing over and over and any new foods they refuse to try.

Making healthy varied meals for your child only to have them refused and thrown on the floor can be frustrating, upsetting and most likely messy! The good news is that this stage should only be temporary, and there are a few strategies you can try to encourage new foods and expand their choices.

A bit of mess, and food exploration is part of the process of a child discovering and learning about new foods before they may enjoy them. However to encourage them to try new foods, and be a little hungry when meal times come around it can help to be aware of things that may impact on their appetite first.

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Top 10 tips to planning healthy fresh meals for your family on a savvy mums budget

Ever since having children I’ve really learnt the benefits to dedicating some time each week to planning healthy family meals for the week ahead.  

Have you ever found yourself feeling so stressed each afternoon, thinking ‘what are we having for dinner?’.

I sure have, and found myself reaching for quick and easy options, including lots of packaged and pre-prepared foods.  This was not only expensive, but full of additives that I didn’t feel comfortable my kids having so often.

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What to pack in a healthy lunchbox

Gone are the days of making a vegemite sandwich for school and throwing in a muesli bar and a packet of chips. We are becoming a lot more health conscious as are the schools and for good reason! A lot of schools also have a minimal waste policy so it’s a good idea to send a healthy lunchbox without any extra packaging. Another benefit of this is that you’re not actually sending any pre-packed food and know exactly what is going into your kids little bodies.

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Grazing platters and how they encourage healthy eating

A grazing platter or a plate, or lunch box that allows for a range of different foods is an excellent way of introducing new and exciting foods to kids and encourage healthy eating.

What is a grazing platter?

It is just a plate or container of whole foods with a range of different things for your kids to try.

The secret to keeping the grazing platter a success is to add a couple of new things every time. You don’t want to overwhelm the kids so adding some favourites on there will keep them interested.   The ideal is to include something they are familiar with and love, something they are familiar with and ok with eating, and something they have not yet tried or typically do not like to eat.  If they eat the new item – add a little more next time until they are familiar and comfortable eating it.

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