Pantothenic acid is commonly referred to as the anti-stress vitamin and also helps relieve irritability and anxiety.  It’s involved in the production of neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine that helps to boost memory and regulate the nervous system.  B5 is also required for energy production, fat metabolism and normal brain function. Pantothenic acid can be used to treat allergies, headaches, arthritis, psoriasis, insomnia, asthma and infections   foods high in B5 for healthy children Foods high in B5 include the following:   ✅. Liver ✅. Organ meats ✅. Eggs ✅. Soybeans ✅. Broccoli ✅. Wheat germ ✅. Wheat bran ✅. Crude molasses ✅. Wholegrain breads ✅. Cereals ✅. Peanuts ✅. Mushrooms ✅. Beef ✅. Haddock ✅. Green leafy vegetables ✅. PeaS ✅. Beans ✅....

If you want to substitute traditional white flour in your favourite recipes, the following guide will help you. Please note, it's not always easy to swap around flour alternatives. In some recipes you may need a little more liquid. If the mixture needs thickening, you may need to add addition starch such as cornstarch, arrowroot powder or tapioca. Have fun experimenting with your recipes and use the following as a loose guideline.   For every 1 cup of white flour, substitute with the following...

These breakfast muffins are the ideal way to serve your child a healthy breakfast on the run and they make the perfect snack too. Ingredients 2 free-range eggs, whisked 2 bananas, mashed 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 21⁄2 cups rolled oats 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 tablespoons coconut, flakes or desiccated, 11⁄2 teaspoon baking powder 1 1⁄2 cups of milk, of choice 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup   Method Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius If using a 12-hole muffin tray, grease with oil or butter. Mix together bananas, eggs, vanilla extract and maple syrup in a bowl, add oats, cinnamon, coconut and baking powder and mix...

Dealing with picky eaters can be frustrating and experts believe as many as 50 percent of children are fussy when it comes to trying new foods, so you are not alone. It's very important to remain calm and keep offering food even when it's rejected because children who are limited to only a few types of food, usually toast and cheese are at risk of not getting the proper nutrition that their growing bodies needs to thrive. The good news is there is many evidence-based ways to persuade your child to try and even enjoy new foods. Try these tips when...

Ingredients 1½ cups rolled oats or “oat flakes” or quinoa flakes 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 large ripe bananas 4 tbsp melted coconut oil ¼ cup sunflower seeds ¼ cup pumpkin seeds ½ cup chopped medjool dates ¼ cup chopped dried mango ½ cup chocolate chips Makes 8 Bars Method Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease an 8-inch square baking dish or line with parchment paper. In a food processor, blitz oats until coarsely ground (they don’t have to be finely ground. It’s okay if you see some bits). In a large bowl, combine ground oats and cinnamon. In a small bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Add melted coconut oil and mix together. Add...

To Dairy or Not To Dairy? Whilst avoiding dairy has never been easier or tastier, some may be avoiding it due to an underlying issue within their body, such as poor digestive health, intolerance or allergy. Diary Intolerance symptoms include: bloating cramping diarrhea skin issues Dairy Free Smoothie Recipe Ingredients 1 frozen banana ½ tsp cinnamon 1 tsp honey 1 serve pea protein powder 1 cup dairy-free milk Ice (optional) Method Place all ingredients into a blender Blend together until combined Pour into glass, top with extra cinnamon if desired Enjoy! Naturopathy Can Help With the following childhood conditions Fiona provides tailored health plans based on a multitude of factors relevant to your child’s symptomology (how they are feeling), pathology...

Bolognese sauce is full of goodness and flavour and a firm family favourite in most households. The beauty with this recipe is its rich in fibre thanks to the added vegetables and beans to support friendly bacteria living in your child's gut. Ingredients 1 kg good quality minced beef 2 400g tin cannellini or borlotti beans, drained and rinsed 1 onion, finely chopped 1 leek, white part only, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 carrots, peeled and grated 2 zucchinis, peeled and grated 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 400g can chopped tomatoes 1 cup gluten free vegetable stock or Gut Healing Bone Broth Pinch of sea salt Pepper to taste Method Heat...

The amount of sugar consumed by children is at it's highest levels in history. This can mostly be attributed to the enormous increase in processed food and sugary drinks lining the supermarket shelves. Sugar is included as an ingredient in most pre-packaged, processed and junk food and drinks and it's insidious. As a result, as our children's sugar consumption has increased, so has their rates of common childhood illness, including obesity with 1 in 4 children now classified as overweight or obese. Sugar tantrums If you notice that your child’s temperament changes throughout the day, beginning with their adorable ‘normal’ behaviour which...

  When cooking food, the main consideration is to keep the vitamin and mineral content intact as much as possible.  To preserve the precious nutritional content, cook at lower temperatures and if required, for a longer period of time.  Try to avoid frying as this essentially destroys the nutrients.     The best cooking methods include ✅ Braising ✅ Poaching ✅ Sautéing ✅ Simmering ✅ Steaming ✅ Stewing ✅ Stir frying in water     Microwave cooking Many homes rely on cooking in the microwave oven as a way to get food prepared and on the table quickly.  There are some cautions to be aware of when preparing food in this manner. One of the...

Are you sick of being sick? Disease causing viruses or bacteria can enter your body simply by breathing or eating! Fortunately, only a few of these, particularly viral, ‘pathogens’ result in a cold or flu because you are equipped with an immune system specifically designed to fight off unwanted invaders. That said, are you one of the many people, for whom a string of colds and flu is a way of life in winter? Perhaps getting rid of the seemingly endless sniffles, sneezing and sore throats seems like an unachievable ideal. Fortunately, it is possible to improve your immune system function...