It’s almost the end of the month so that means it’s time for another Wean Team update. A few weeks ago HiPP Organic sent us out some samples of their toddler meal trays including a few that were new to us. Luisa particularly enjoys all the ‘Ristorante La Mama’ range which even includes baby cannelloni! Cute or what?
The HiPP Organic tray meals are healthy and nourishing with a variety of tastes and textures to encourage the progression to family foods. Did you know that they are the only brand to offer pasta shapes? (zoo animals, alphabet letters,numbers) There’s quite a lot that goes in to the process of creating these meals. Once HiPP’s recipes are approved, tested and tested again, the finished products go through more than 260 quality controls before they are approved to carry the HiPP label.
These toddler meal trays actually really suit us because even though Luisa mainly eats the same meals as Matt and I there are time when whatever we’re having doesn’t suit her. For example if we’re having something very spicy or a bit too unhealthy! oops.
We think it’s really important to eat family meals together even though she’s only a toddler. I firmly believe in starting good habits young. Most days we manage to have our evening meal together and Luisa definitely enjoys the social aspect and I think it’s already paying off because she always sits nicely when we’re out and about or visiting the grandparents. Some of the meals that we can all enjoy include anything pasta based, mild curries and stirfrys. Lu has a pretty adventurous palette so it’s not usually hard to please her.
Research conducted by HiPP Organic, exclusively for the Wean Team, has found that when it comes to family meal times, almost 90% of parents say that eating together as a family is very important. Despite this, only 25% actually manage to sit down and eat dinner together 1-2 times a week. The British roast dinner came out as a firm family favourite (42%). Curry (15%) and pasta dishes (13%) also topped the list as a much loved meal.
As I said we’re big advocates of enjoying meals together as a family wether they are round the table or the occasional meal out. It’s good practice for us all to establish these habits now and hopefully we’ll see the benefits for years to come. I actually recently read an American study that found that teens in families who share meals and conversation have greater self esteem and do better in school. Food for thought?! haha sorry I couldn’t resist.