Right bites for the whole fam­ily

It’s never too late to em­bark on a holis­tic change to your di­etary plan. the fun bit? ev­ery­one — from grand­par­ents to I nfants — can be part of It

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nur­tur­ing and nour­ish­ing a fam­ily go hand- in­hand. If you are ready to rally your fam­ily around bet­ter nu­tri­tion, now’s the time to get a healthy jump on the new year. “Making con­sis­tently good food choices can set your fam­ily on the road to good health,” says Mar­lene Sch­midt, reg­is­tered di­eti­tian for Nestlé’s Nu­tri­tion, Health and Well­ness Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence. “Be­sides help­ing you stay healthy, a nu­tri­tious diet can sup­port growth, strengthen im­mune sys­tems and boost en­ergy lev­els.”

Eat­ing healthy al­most al­ways tops the list of res­o­lu­tions at the be­gin­ning of a year. How­ever, one month later, you may find your­self dither­ing from your re­solve. We bring you some easy and use­ful tips on how to get the right foods in your fam­ily’s diet.

A life­time of well­ness be­gins with good eat­ing habits dur­ing preg­nancy and nu­tri­tious choices for ba­bies. Ex­perts rec­om­mend ex­clu­sive breast­feed­ing for your baby’s first six months, fol­lowed by con­tin­ued breast­feed­ing for as long as pos­si­ble after the in­tro­duc­tion of first foods.

Your pe­di­a­tri­cian can help de­ter­mine when your baby is ready to try solid foods. Feed­ing iron- for­ti­fied in­fant ce­real is a great way to help meet your baby’s iron needs. Add fruits and veg­gies one at a time, and en­sure foods are the right size and tex­ture to match your baby’s de­vel­op­ment, start­ing with puréed foods and work­ing your way to small, soft bits. Of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of nu­tri­tious foods will help your baby ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent tastes and flavours.

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