Cook Along video series: watch the Toddler Menu Planner in action

Do you find meal planning stressful? Catch up with our very first Instagram Cook Along video series!

Paediatric Dietitian and Forum member Lucy Upton invites all parents for a Cook Along on her Instagram profile, @childrensdietitian, where she shares helpful tips on toddler meal planning, fussy eating and responsive feeding, answering some of the questions she gets asked more often by parents.

She used the recipes and tips from our Toddler Menu Planner, a resource co-created with parents for parents to make meal planning easy and ensure toddlers receive a balanced diet every day.

In this cook along video series, Lucy cooked a breakfast, a light meal, a family meal and snacks, demonstrating how easily our Toddler Menu Planner provides all the nutrients needed in a healthy diet throughout a day.

We have learnt a lot from the previous lockdown and have seen how easy it is to slip into bad habits. A report by the Guy’s and St Thomas’s Charity and the Bite Back 2030 healthy eating charity describes snacking as the “biggest negative consequence” in eating habits during the pandemic, with a 40% increase in snacks.

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover new recipes and top tips to make mealtimes a more relaxed and happy occasion for the whole family! Make sure to follow Lucy and the Infant & Toddler Forum on Instagram and get your copy of the Toddler Menu Planner to cook along with Lucy!

 

A balanced toddler breakfast; boiled egg, toast fingers and grapes

 

 

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A toddler light meal: chicken nuggets and potato wedges with peas

 

 

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Family meal idea: quick & easy pasta, plus raspberries with icecream

 

 

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Healthy snacks for toddlers

 

 

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Further Reading

  • Lucy Upton, Specialist Paediatric Dietitian and Nutritionist   Christmas is a joyful time of year, however as a parent it can also be busy and sometimes stressful. Between planning festive gatherings, shopping for the perfect gifts, and decorating your home, thinking about the perfectly portioned festive meal for your toddler can be an added challenge. The Infant & Toddler Forum is here to help you create an easy and delicious Christmas plate that will save you time but more importantly, that your toddler will enjoy!
  • Judy More, Paediatric Dietitian and Registered Nutritionist   Christmas is a time for families to be together, to relax and to celebrate the season. It can also be a time of extra pressure and it’s all too easy for families to get swept up in the holiday madness of parties, shopping and cooking!
  • Denise Gray, Midwife   In today’s age of digital perfection, new mums are under increasing pressure to look good post-partum, as if birth was no more significant than a hair appointment. Social media presents us with images of perfection daily, new mums looking perfect with tidy houses and sleeping angelic babies. So, it was refreshing to see Katy Perry giving her followers a more realistic view of early motherhood when she published a picture of herself a few days after giving birth, with a visible ‘bump’, large postnatal pants and nursing bra. Katy garnered widespread praise for this honest portrayal of early new-born life and encouraged a wider discussion about the early days following the birth of a baby.