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Foodie fusspots - a sensible approach!

We all strive to have kids who like a wide variety of healthy foods but the annoying reality is that most children love ‘junk’ type food and it can be a struggle to get them to try something new or ‘healthy’. Mealtimes see parents turning into nags with children enduring rather than enjoying, and so the daily battle continues. How can we break this cycle?

Healthy movie munchies

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This week’s Oscars may have sparked your interest in a trip to the movies, but beware - you may not be going to see a horror flick but watch out for the cinema snacks which certainly can make a horror out of your trip.

Santa snacks for Christmas Eve

Santa has his work cut out for him on Christmas Eve with literally billions of presents to deliver to all the good boys and girls around the world. Most houses will leave out a snack to help Santa on his way; but what is the best snack to aid all this hard work?

Desirable for Dracula this Hallowe’en!

Hallowe’en is a time when Dracula and vampires ‘vant’ your blood - so when we are caught we want to make sure that our blood is top quality! Your diet can affect many aspects of good blood health - here are a few tips to ensure you have healthy blood this Hallowe’en.

Carbs are key for cyclists

It’s great to see so many people taking up cycling as a sport. The Tour de France started in England this year and is a long gruelling race that doesn’t finish up until July 27 in Paris. Although the Tour de France is the extreme end of the sport with 21 stages covering a mind-boggling 3,664km (that’s almost 2,280 miles), amateur cyclists cover the miles too - so it is important to have the right mix of fuel on board to combat fatigue and optimise performance.

Eating well for exams - it’s a no-brainer

You know that feeling when you’re hungry: you get narky and irritable, your mood is low, and it’s hard to concentrate - that’s because your brain is particularly sensitive to food and nutrients. This is no way to be if you are trying to study. As the Leaving Certificate looms, it is important to treat your brain with care - a well-hydrated, well-fed brain will deliver when you try to retrieve some of the knowledge you’ve crammed in there.

Folic acid - vital pill for early pregnancy

A recent study by Irish doctors based in UCD and the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital has found an increasing number of babies born with neural tube defects (NTD) such as spina bifida, anencephaly, and encephalocoele. Although NTDs are very rare, folic acid intake reduces the risk by promoting the development of a healthy spinal cord. It is a worry that almost 15 per cent of new mums had never taken folic acid. The study also found that only 14 per cent of women had taken folic acid pre-conception and nearly a half of women had only started to take folic acid after conception. It seems timely to get the message back out there.

Banish the winter chills - go for the hot stuff!

It’s all a bit chilly at the moment, and with the cold weather we tend to choose stodgy comfort foods, making it difficult to meet the recommended five-a-day of fruits and vegetables. Homemade soups are an ideal opportunity to add extra helpings of vegetables to your daily intake, and also to pack extra nutrients into your meals. They are a great way of filling you up without filling you out, and will help you keep your new year resolution to watch your waistline.

Come and get it - family mealtimes

It’s official - families that regularly eat together tend to eat more healthily than families who rarely eat together. Research in the UK found that children who always ate family meals were more likely to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. Seeing a parent eat fruit and vegetables also improves intake.

Paralympic athletes: diet for success

Now that the Olympics are over, our nerves won’t get a chance to settle down before switching to the excitement of the Paralympic Games. Paralympics Ireland is sending a team of 49 athletes to the Games, and we hope they will emulate the success they had in Beijing when they took home three gold medals, one silver, and one bronze. Here in the Midlands we have a local interest with local hand cyclist, Mark Rohan from Ballinahown, competing.

 

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