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Toddler Food Rejection

Have you ever put in some effort only to get your home baking rejected and you thought well to hang with that?  Toddlers are very smart creatures (of course, they have your genes) but they are learning about their independence and decision making that they can control.  So you may have made something you are sure they will love yet they won't touch it.  Don't take offence it may not be your cooking at all and instead your little one asserting their decision making by choosing not to try your baking.  As frustrating at it is you need to think of other ways to introduce the food.

My little miss loves spaghetti and since it can be messy when out I developed a spaghetti fritter that was a more appropriate "finger food" for when we were out.  Plus it snuck in extra vegetables which is a bonus.  She wasn't having a bar of it, despite LOVING a range of other fritters that I make.  So I just kept producing one of these spaghetti fritters at each meal but still no luck with that.  They tasted pretty good so I made myself a lunch of spaghetti fritters and sat down to enjoy.  Who happens to turn up to have some of what I'm having?  You guessed it - little miss I don't want that from the previous days!!  No more spaghetti fritters for me now!  If you are having refusal issues too, try this tactic for yourself and see what happens.

Sheena Thompson
Nutritionist and Personal Trainer
Pregnancy Certified
Mum's & Bubs Trainer Hamilton
Fit 4 Consumption

Decoding Food Labelling

When you're trying to take an interest in your health it can be hard to decipher all the wording and language used on food packaging.  Some wording is purely for marketing purposes and here I will help you to read between the lines of the meanings behind some common phrases.
Lite or Light - May not mean low in fat or calories and may refer to another characteristic of the food e.g light potato chips are thinly sliced and lightly salted (still high in fat), lite olive oil is light in colour but still has the same amount of fat as regular olive oil.
Cholesterol Free or No Cholesterol - It does not mean no fat.  Cholesterol is only found in animal products.  Many food may be free of cholesterol but remain high in fat e.g unsaturated oils derived from plants such as sunflower oil, canola oil and nuts.
No Added Sugar - This applies to foods which contain no added cane sugar.  They can however contain large amounts of naturally occurring sugars e.g honey, glucose, fructose, providing similar calories.  Don’t assume it means no sugar, it just means they didn’t add any.
Reduced Fat - Contains less fat than the regular or standard products, but may still be high in fat.  The food must be greater than 25% less fat than it’s regular conunterpart and will be shown in the nutrition panel for comparison.
90% Fat Free - Means the food contains 10% fat.  Look for low fat products that are 95% fat free or more.
Low Fat - Must not contain more than 3g total fat per 100g of product, eg 3% fat or less
High Fibre - Must have greater than 3g of fibre per specified serving.
Natural -  Should not contain, or have ever contained additives such as flavouring or colouring agents, preservatives, artificial or synthetic ingredients, or added vitamins or minerals.
Pure or 100% - Should only be used to describe products or parts of products, that contain only one ingredient.
Mixed Grain or Multigrain Bread -No specific requirement but usually is based on white flour to which various kibbled grains (wheat, rye, corn, buckwheat) are added.  Generally has as much fibre as brown bread.
Low Salt -  Less than 120mg sodium per 100g.

Sheena Thompson
Nutritionist and Personal Trainer
Fit 4 Consumption
Hamilton, Morrinsville, Cambridge

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