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Canned fruit can help you and your baby get five a day
Its a well-known saying that bad habits are hard to break – but so are good ones.
Getting children to eat their five-a-day can be a struggle for mums, whether thats down to fussy eaters, busy lifestyles, cost or simply a lack of ideas.
But why wait until theyre older to try and change what theyre eating?
Youll thank yourself a few years down the line if you get your little ones used to enjoying a balanced diet from a young age, when theyve grown into healthy eaters all by themselves.
Princes canned fruit with juice can help – did you know it can count towards one of your five a day, is packed from fresh and contains no artificial colours or preservatives?
Whats more, with the chopping, pitting and peeling already taken care of, itll save you precious time in the morning.
Award-winning dietician Lucy Jones, who has made regular TV appearances across the BBC and Channel 4, is a real fan of canned fruit with juice for a daily nutritious boost, and has partnered with Princes to provide some fantastic tips and advice to help other mums to make the most of it too.
With two children of her own – including one at just 5 months, Lucy said: ldquo;Babies weaning or already on solid food should start enjoying their five-a-day straight away and with canned fruit with juice its really easy to do.
ldquo;Breakfast is the perfect time to introduce canned fruit with juice to babies and young children and even though it can be quite stressful for families rushing against the clock, it is possible to make it both nutritious and fun.
ldquo;As well as boosting your little ones breakfast, canned fruit with juice can help mums reach their five-a-day too. Theres no need to spend a fortune or top up with fresh alternatives between shops, and it can be a fantastic addition to porridge, cereal, granola, low fat natural yoghurt or even eaten on its own.rdquo;
The recent UK National Diet and Nutrition survey revealed that only 27% of us manage to eat the recommended five-a-day, so weve asked Lucy for her top tips for mum and baby to reach this target.
It amazes me how many people rush breakfast compared with lunch and dinner, despite the fact that most parents see it as the most important meal of the day.
Help the whole family make breakfast count, and get your baby into the good habit of starting the day well. If its just you and your baby, make this one of your special times to eat, talk and bond.
Preparing varied and exciting breakfasts doesnt need to take hours, as long as you set yourself up with everything you need.
It all starts with the supermarket shop, ensuring youve got a variety of options to cover off all the food groups.
Why not pick up some handy canned fruit with juice – a store cupboard essential which counts towards your five-a-day.
Try to vary your babys breakfast meals so you can provide a range of tastes, textures and nutritional benefits.
Slowly introduce different canned fruits, with new flavours, colours and textures for tasty and nutritious options throughout the week.
When you can, eat breakfast at the same time as your baby and show them how much you enjoy it too. For example top canned fruit with juice onto your favourite cereal or mix it with natural yoghurt.
Help your baby look forward to breakfast time by ensuring its a fun part of the day.
Princes Fruit with Juice has done some research which revealed that some parents manage this by making fun faces out of breakfast, using colourful foods and even turning it into one big game. Why not try counting out the fruit pieces together?
We all know how busy and exhausting it can be to be a mum with a young baby, so why not get ahead with your own breakfast by making it the night before?
Overnight Oats with canned peaches with juice is one of my favourite recipes – pop open the can, drain the juice into a bowl with some oats, top up with some apple juice or milk and give it a good mix.
Add a dollop of low fat yoghurt if you like and add the peaches on top to get one of your five a day. Leave it in the fridge overnight and it’s ready when you wake up.
Last but by no means least, if youre busy in the morning and you dont get chance to prep the night before, canned fruit with juice is great on the go.
Small cans such as Princes Peaches, Pineapple and Fruit Cocktail with Juice are perfect on the move – each can contains a single, pre-prepared portion of your five a day, and there’s no need for a can opener.
If youre a working mum, you can even take it to work to tip onto your cereal or porridge for a nutritious boost – you dont have to worry about it bruising in your bag, and can even keep a supply in your desk drawer.
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