16 December 2013

Christmas Activities

With the Christmas holidays looming, parents are always looking for ways to keep their little ones entertained! We’ve scoured the net and would love to share the best ideas we’ve found!

Christmas Angels


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Use an old toilet roll tube.

Paint it white.

Cut up some paper plates and attach these to the toilet roll tube so they look like wings

Now let your little one’s go wild drawing on faces, sticking on glitter/buttons and anything they can find!

Find out more here: http://nurturestore.co.uk/christmas-angel-craft-kids

 

 

Handprint Christmas Wreath

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This is a lovely idea using natural ingredients you’ll find in your cupboard as paint. https://nurturestore.co.uk/christmas-paint-homemade-gift-wrap

Get everyone in the family involved! Mummy, Daddy, Granny, Aunty…to make a lovely Christmas keepsake!

Get everyone to dip their hands in some paint, cut the prints out and then stick them to a circular piece of card with a hole in the middle.

Check out: https://nurturestore.co.uk/easy-handprint-christmas-wreath-kids for more tips!

 

 

Homemade Play Dough

Your children will love the wonderful scent of this festive play dough! Check out: http://nurturestore.co.uk/orange-spice-christmas-play-dough-recipe for the recipe.

After that great creative with decorating! How about making a play dough snowman or Santa claus?

Or little Christmas presents decorated with ribbons, bows, buttons and sequins to sit under the Christmas tree.

 
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Catch up on our Twitter chat! Thursdays at 11am!

8 December 2013

Fruits & Vegetables

 

I am very concerned about mercury levels in fish? Is it is safe to give to my family?

Fish is a great source of protein and omega 3. Omega 3 has been shown to have beneficial effects on health including brain, eye and coronary health.

There is recent concern that a high consumption of mercury can have negative effects on neurological health. However, as omega 3 is essential for neurological health and development, the evidence suggests that the proven effects of omega 3 on health outweigh the potential risks of mercury.

Try and consume 1-2 portions of fish a week (including one oily fish). If you are pregnant or are cooking for a young child avoid deep sea fishes such as swordfish, marlin and shark which contain high mercury levels.

 

Is folate and folic acid the same thing? Is one better than the other and why do I need it in my diet?

Folate is one of the B vitamins (B9) and is found naturally in foods. When consumed folate is converted into folic acid in order for it to be absorbed and used in the body. Folic acid is usually added to foods (such as flour) and supplements. Folic acid is more easily absorbed in the body as it does not need to go through the conversion step. Folic acid is essential for neurological development and works with vitamin K to form healthy blood cells.

 

What is the difference between milk allergy and lactose intolerance.

Lactose is a sugar and is found in dairy. Lactose intolerance is caused by a lactase deficiency (the enzyme that breaks down lactose) into its digestible components.

A milk allergy is a reaction to the proteins (not the sugar) in milk and triggers an immune response.

 

How safe is it to consume tree nut oil if you have an allergy to peanuts?

Around 30-40% of people with a peanut allergy will also have an allergy to tree nuts. The incidence of cross contamination between tree nuts and peanuts during manufacturing is very high.

Tree nut oils are usually less refined than tree nuts but do contain traces of tree nut protein and are therefore not considered safe for those with tree nut allergies.

Please visit a medical professional if you are concerned if a product is safe.

 


Nutritional Insights: The BIG problem with Superfoods…

3 December 2013

 

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Today I am going to talk (and try not to rant) about ‘superfoods’. Many nutritionists (including myself) do not like the term ‘superfoods’ as it may portray that a certain food had super nutritional value and super benefits to health without sufficient evidence. Obviously foods are higher in different nutrients and lower in others but it is important to get lots of variety to get all the nutrients we need.

 

The term ‘superfoods’ is often misused and is strongly used in marketing. In 2007 the EU banned the use of the word for products unless backed up with strong scientific evidence and proof that it provides a benefit to health.

 

Just look at probiotic yogurts. These used to have lots of health claims to reduce a, b and c which will help 1, 2, and 3. And now? ‘Bacteria that is scientifically proven to reach the gut alive’. This was changed as the evidence is not strong enough at this moment to create health claims. I am not for one moment saying that probiotics are not beneficial to health, what I am saying is that the evidence is not strong enough at the moment.

 

What we can say is that a specific food contains high amounts of a certain nutrient, and studies have shown that this nutrient helps with this health condition but what we cannot say (unless there is very strong evidence) that the food helps with the health condition. For example, I can say that broccoli is rich in calcium, we can also say that calcium is important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis but I can not say broccoli prevents osteoporosis.

 

There is no one size fits all with food. Eat a variety of food to obtain a balanced nutritional diet.

 


Join in on our Twitter chat – Every Thursday at 11am!

25 November 2013

Here at DDHQ our fabby nutritionist Kimmy holds a Twitter chat every Thursday at 11am! Feel free to ask her anything nutrition/allergy related and she will do her best to help you. If you’re on Twitter join in on the conversation by tweeting @DribbleDelights and using the hashtag #AskKimmy. Or email your questions to info@dribbledelights.co.uk

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Here’s a round up of what we learned last Thursday!

 

Question 1               

‘Is dried fruit good for you and is it okay to give to my toddler?’

 

Kimmy’s Answer:   

‘Dried fruit contains lots of vitamins and minerals and approximately 30g is equal to one of your five a day (for adults). However dried fruit is highly concentrated in sugar and many add sugar. We actually found one brand in which the dried cranberries were only 30% cranberries!

Many also add sulphites which act as a preservative however sulphites are a common allergen.

Dried fruit is also less filling than fresh fruit and it can be easy to ‘over do it’ (after all they are very yummy).

Dried fruit is also very sticky and this alongside the sugar content can be damaging to teeth. It is best like all sugary foods to eat this shortly after meal.

 

Question 2

‘I have heard mixed things about soluble fibre, should it be encouraged in my families diet or not?’

 

Kimmy’s Answer

Soluble fibre can slow down digestion in the gut. This can make you feel fuller for longer and prevents snacking and taking in extra calories during the day.

 

Soluble fibre increased the viscosity of the food therefore some nutrients such as sugar and fat are not as rapidly absorbed. As fibre decreases the rate of sugar and fat being absorbed it has a beneficial effect on blood sugars and cholesterol.

This fibre also stimulates ‘good’ colonic bacteria which has many health benefits however it can also cause increased gas production.

There is some concern about fibre binding to minerals but these can be released and absorbed in the colon.

 

Question 3

‘I heard that sodium is stored around the bone. I know there are risks to a diet high in sodium but does it protect bone?’

 

Kimmy’s Answer

Approximately 30-40% of sodium is stored around the bone. However it does not protect the bone. Many studies have found that a diet that is high in sodium increases urinary calcium secretion which may be detrimental to bone health.


New Start Scotland Exhibition the SECC

19 November 2013

On Friday we attended the New Start Scotland Exhibition the SECC

 

The place was packed and it was very interesting to meet the businesses and the people behind them. The businesses were all in different stages and it was fascinating to share experiences. Some yet to start their business and others were well on their way to global domination!

 

We attended some workshops at the exhibition. It was a good job we booked our tickets fast as many people missed out. One workshop was delivered by Hugh Jackson (director and co-founder) and Ian Duncan (director) of MediaCo. This workshop was great at helping us to find ways of optimising search online. And the other was delivered by Thea Newcomb – a cool Silicon Valley lady – who shared her wisdom with her ’25 Tips to Rock Linkedin’. Sadly one of the workshops we wanted to attend was cancelled.

 

Our last workshop did mean that we missed the beginning of Angels Den but we did manage to catch some of the pitches and they were all incredible. The judges clearly struggled to come to a winner as there was only one point in between the top 3! However, our wonderful friend Chris Louttit from Pawsitively Natural had that winning edge and won lots of exciting well-deserved prizes.

 

Although we were not there on the Thursday we did hear that another one of our friends won the Angels Den pitch – Mo’s Cookie Dough! Female foodie Esparkers are rocking the show! Congratulations to Chris and Morag and to everyone who pitched.

 

We are excited for next year already to meet new people and share experiences. Keep on learning and growing and support Scottish businesses.

 


Dribble Delights get fashionable!

7 November 2013

This week the delightful team swapped testing baby food for sipping Prosecco at the launch of fellow Espark chiclet Joanne McGillivray’s spring/summer 2014 fashion collection.

The glitzy event was held in warehouse SWG3 – a fabulous backdrop which showcased the clothes beautifully. All of the models looked gorgeous in the ‘Under the Sea’ inspired collection which incorporated lovely orange and turquoise pieces. The music that accompanied the show was also excellent.

Every item was tailored to perfection and very unique. From a two-piece skirt and crop top combo to a jumpsuit to a dress, Joanne has your whole summer wardrobe covered.

Thanks for having us along Joanne. In the meantime we’re away to save our pennies so we can buy everything! Check out some of the photos below.  http://joannemcgillivray.com/

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How to protect your little monster at Halloween.

24 October 2013

 

 

We love Halloween and it is fast approaching. But this can be a dangerous time of year for children with allergies. We have created a blog to inform others on how to keep children who have food allergies and food intolerances safe. This blog has advice for all families not just those who have children with allergies so get sharing!

 

Firstly purchase lots of different treats. This does not always need to be food and or expensive. Buy some pencils, colouring in books, little hairclips, stickers etc. But if you do want to give food have a look at the food labels before purchasing them (the main allergens are eggs, milk, fish, crustaceans, molluscs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds, gluten, soya, celery, mustard, lupin and sulphites). Or consider some healthy treats/games – bobbing for apples is always great fun!

 

I was recently surprised to find out that giving out monkey nuts (unshelled peanuts) was only a Scottish and Irish tradition! Perhaps it may be time to break this tradition or at least be extra vigilant.

 

There are alternatives to going trick or treating such as having a party and you can invite some family friends or watch a scary movie. But if you do want to go trick or treating here are some safety tips…You can go around the neighborhood first and advise the families in advance that your child has an allergy. You could prepare a treat in advance to give to your neighbour. Always remember that it is important to be sensitive to the child’s emotions and to try and not to draw any unnecessary attention. When trick or treating always carry your child’s medicine.

 

If your child has been giving unsafe or too many unhealthy treats you can offer a trade. This could be for a safe or healthy treat, a toy etc. You can do this like a tooth fairy (tooth fairy also works Halloween as too much sugar is bad for teeth).

 

Make sure to check the ingredients list for all treats before allowing your child to eat them.

 

We will be giving out some more advice, recipes and fun Halloween ideas so keep a look out!


The BBC Good Food Show

22 October 2013

 

 

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This weekend, Dribble Delights visited the BBC Good Food Show, aka Heaven on Earth!

Glasgow SECC was filled with friendly foodies, products and samples galore. We spent two days there in total and had to be forcibly removed come the end of the show (almost, not really!)

We were there to be inspired, and we certainly were! Among our favourite stalls was the Kids Cooking Company – there to encourage children that it’s cool to cook. We also really enjoyed Love Food Hate Waste which we found very informative.

As an allergy-friendly company we were super happy to see lots of gluten-friendly and nut-friendly food companies, but we did spot a gap in the market for our dairy, nut, soya, wheat, eggs and soya-free products!

The only downside to the weekend was that Great British Bake Off-aholics had already bought all the tickets to see Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood so sadly, we missed out. We improvised and admired from afar!

 

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Kym and Natalie were slightly distracted by this wonderful Scottish burger van, devouring venison and beef burgers, too quickly to take a photo of!

We left with big smiles on our faces, and high hopes for next time, look out for Dribble Delights’ stall!

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Nutritional Insights: Fruit Juice

4 October 2013

 

One of my largest concerns in health is the misrepresentation of how healthy foods are. One of these that causes me concern in fruit juice.

Now there are a number of things I would like to say first before introducing this article. The daily mail is not the best source for reliable information! Also please focus on the ‘drink/eat this’ section as opposed to the pictures (krispy crèmes are sadly not an appropriate substitution for a smoothie). The pictures only show sugar content but the results are shocking!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2301135/15-WORST-health-drinks-Orange-juice-Innocent-smoothies-sugar-13-Hobnobs-3-half-doughnuts.html

Scary? We think so too.

In my previous research I looked at commercial baby foods and found that a high number of them will state at the front ‘no added sugar!’ but may contain a very high sugar content, why is that? Loads add juice which sweetens the product, and sweet foods are innately preferred by an infant.

I also want to point out that when shopping for foods. A product may say it is 100% fruit but may be 80% juice.

Also a huge number of fruit juices are aimed towards children. But they are okay because in huge letters at the front you are getting your daily vitamin C or it is a great source of calcium! NOT! They are full of sugar! In saying that a lot of brands now offer low sugar substitutes but more needs to be done on advertising on the perception of healthy eating especially when aimed towards children.


Allergies on the Increase – Why?

19 September 2013

Many studies have found that food allergies are on the rise. Is it simply because the tests are more advanced? Are they really on the rise?

There are a few theories behind why this is the case:

- Hygiene: Our lifestyles are a great deal cleaner then previous years. Could this lack of germ contact be lowering our immune systems and making us more susceptible to allergic reactions? Read more about it here: http://fooddrugallergy.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=40

- Pollution: Our environment is far more polluted than previous years. Could the chemicals in the air be affecting our immune systems?

-Allergen exposure: Could exposing children to common allergy foods earlier help at all? We usually hold off introducing foods such as shellfish and nuts until later in life but a doctor at an American hospital recommends nuts at a young age. Read more about this here: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/08/03/food.allergies.er.gut/index.html

As ever, nothing is for certain and more research needs to be done but it’s worthwhile to consider these theories in the mean time.