Tips and tricks for mothers

Fussy Eaters

Getting vegetables into fussy eaters is an age-old problem. At Style we have one tried and tested solution – smoothies. If you’re unsure of what to put in to delight the taste buds of your tiny ones, we suggest looking at the following ingredients: pineapple, green apple, ginger, coconut milk, lime, baby spinach and cucumber.

Tip – Get your children involved in naming your home creations, as this will make drinking them fun. Some we like are Jungle Juice, Monkey Water, and Dinosaur Juice (made famous by Peppa Pig).

Mums And Bubs

Studies have suggested that practising yoga while pregnant can improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth. In fact, new studies show that exercise during pregnancy has enormous benefits to both mother and baby. So get up and get moving and take a note of what supermodel Gisele Bundchen told a Brazilian newspaper, “I did kung fu up until two weeks before Benjamin was born, and yoga three days a week.” She said she was also “mindful” of what she ate.

Rubbish-Free Lunch Boxes

We love to hear that more and more schools are adopting the rubbish-free lunch box, as the amount of waste this reduces for our environment is huge. However, we are also aware of the challenge this presents to parents, as so many supermarket lunch box items are wrapped. Rather than spending your precious time unwrapping prepacked lunch items, we’d suggest the following options.

1. Get a bento-style lunch box; we love the Yumbox, which has pictures for each compartment to ensure you’re giving your child all the nutrition they need.

2. Don’t buy pre-packaged cheese; rather, get creative with cookie cutter shapes. Who doesn’t love teddy bear shaped cheese?

3. Make your own vege chips – this is a much healthier option, and you won’t have the issue of little chip bags.

4. Buy your yoghurt in a large container and portion this out into reusable containers. Better still, use Greek yoghurt and add berries or stewed fruit to sweeten it, cutting down on sugar as well.