Healthy eating when out and about

How To: Healthy Eating Habits When Out And About With Your Baby

Posted in 12+ Months, 12+ Months Development, Fussy Eating, Independent Feeding, Mum and Baby, Parent Know-How

Written by Zoe Bingley-Pullen

Lets face it - life can get hectic more often than not, which makes it even more important to keep healthy habits a focus at home. However, healthy food vigilance should not drop by the wayside when we step outside of our home environment. As a parent we’re not only passionate about making sure our little ones eat well at home, but also when out and about – and preparation is key.

Being caught short come mealtime often means having to face unhealthy options. To keep the healthy momentum flowing when not at home, here are some tips for being prepared to eat out and about with your baby.

 

Stick to Routine

Just because you may be somewhere different, doesn’t mean your meal routine should change. Routine is important, and bub’s typical day-to-day pattern of eating should be continued at all times. Think about what your baby eats at home and use this as a guide to understand what they need when on the move.

 

Get off to the right start

Ensure you and bub have a nutritious breakfast to set yourselves up for a big day out. Make sure you get a balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates to keep energy and blood sugar levels on an even keel. A favourite go-to of mine is chia seed porridge with poached pear and apple; it will soon become a favourite of your baby’s too.

Other options include scrambled eggs with sliced avocado and sourdough toast, or a quick omelette using leftover roast vegetables and feta cheese.

Preparing Baby Food on the Go

Become Resourceful

While we may sit back and be proud as punch admiring the healthy meal we just created, there’s always another meal due around the corner – most of the time in as little as 2-3 hours.

Don’t despair; be prepared. Turn your chia seed porridge breakfast into a snack; cook a little extra, pack away and let cool to be ready for a day out with bub. Blitzed a smoothie for breakfast? Save some, place in a leak-proof jar and freeze for 30-60 minutes before taking out for the day. Roasted veggies the night before? Pack in a separate container and take with you, a vitamin and mineral-rich option for baby to pick at during the day. Preparation is key.

 

Balanced Snacks and Meals

Constant eating can be detrimental to your baby so ensure each snack/meal is not only nourishing, but also satisfying. When snacks and meals contain a balance of all macronutrients (carbohydrate, protein and fat) it assists to keep blood sugar levels balanced and should prevent the need for grazing.

Good examples include:

• Boiled eggs with fruit
• Yoghurt, fruit and nut butter (if no allergy exists)
• Mini baked salmon, quinoa and spinach frittatas
Buckwheat pikelets with tahini paste

 

Avoid the opportunity for Mess

A messy situation might be fun at home, but it’s not so fun in un-familiar territory. Stick with easy-to-handle snack options such as:

• Cherry tomatoes
• Carrot sticks
• Diced fruit
• Cheese cubes
• Flaxseed or brown rice crackers
• Mini fruit muffins
• Rafferty’s Garden food pouches are a great option to enjoy on the go – 100% mess free and yum

Healthy Eating Habits when Out and About with Baby

Benefit from Calcium

Bubs require an adequate intake of calcium each day, and thankfully, often enjoy calcium-based foods - making them an ideal pick. Calcium has a relaxing effect on the body and helps promote sleep, perfect for avoiding any in-store tantrums.

Pack a cooler bag with:

• Cheese sticks
• Cottage cheese-based dips
• Rafferty’s Garden fruit product stirred into yoghurt
• Fruit cubes and yoghurt
• Slices of baked ricotta

With these tips on board, you’re sure to fail-proof your healthy eating habits when out and about with bub. Being prepared allows more time to enjoy your adventures together and less time hunting down a healthy meal which sounds like the makings of a good day out!

About the Author

About the Author: Rafferty’s Garden is a brand brought to life by our love of good food and by our belief in ensuring Australian babies get an amazing start to their food journey. .

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