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We all know that good eating habits start young and as nurturers, we want to ensure that we are doing everything we can to meet the nutritional needs of our families. This section of our website is dedicated to all nurturers - mums, dads, grandparents and anyone involved in raising children. You will find useful tips and expert advice from our nutrition advisor, Karen Inge, who is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). Plus quick and easy meal ideas to inspire you to prepare simple, wholesome food for your baby, toddler and primary school aged children.

Breastfeeding & nutrition

During breastfeeding, mothers need to ensure they achieve adequate nutrients.

Starting baby on yoghurt

So you think your baby may be ready to enjoy yoghurt? With all the different guidelines out there it can get confusing.

Choosing the right yoghurt

Like every parent before you, you want to ensure you're doing everything to meet the nutritional needs of your baby.

Try & try again

You love yoghurt, are keen to get your baby into the habit of enjoying this nutritious dairy food. But what if they don't share your enthusiasm?

Nutritious meal ideas

The what's for dinner dilemma is a common concern for busy mums. We all need new inspiration in the kitchen.

Get Cultured

Jalna includes aBc cultures in all its yoghurts.

Help with fussy eating

Fussy eating, food fads and food refusals are generally a normal part of being a toddler. What can you do?

Nutrition in a fun way

It's important to start your kids early on a love and appreciation of good food. Check out these ideas.

Curb the sweet snacks

What if you feel the grandparents are letting a few too many not-so-desirable foods slip in?

Childhood Calcium Needs

When it comes to optimal growth in childhood, it’s simply something you don’t want to gamble with. Your focus should be on helping your kids achieve the highest score possible in bone mass. 

by KAREN INGE, leading Australian Dietitian & Nutritionist

When it comes to optimal growth in childhood, it’s simply something that you don’t want to gamble with. Dairy foods, like Jalna Yoghurts, are packed with protein and essential nutrients like calcium, to help your kids grow and glow

Reaching the peak

The fundamental focus for every parent should be to help your kids achieve the highest score possible in peak bone mass, so that bones can bear up to the years of age-related mineral loss in adult life. Approximately 60% of the weight of mature bone is made up of minerals like calcium that is continuously laid down during growth. That’s why a daily supply of calcium is needed for maximum mineralisation to occur.

Bone up on calcium: what is it?

Calcium is known as the bone mineral, but it also has an important role to play in nerve, muscle function and blood pressure control.

Why do kids need it?

Calcium is important for building strong bones and healthy teeth.  Adequate daily calcium intake together with weight bearing physical activity, a little sunlight for vitamin D and good genetics, are vital to ensure that peak bone mass is met. 

In the first 20 years of life approximately three times as much calcium is laid down in the bone than is lost during 40 years of ageing. That’s why calcium requirements are the greatest during growth and particularly puberty.

Where do you get it?

Eating dairy foods is one of the best ways to meet daily requirements as calcium is well absorbed from dairy foods. 

Encourage your kids to have 2-4 serves of dairy foods per day, depending on their calcium requirements.  One serve is equal to 200g of Jalna yoghurt, or a cheese slice or a glass of milk. Here's some suggestions to make it easy:

  • Stock the fridge with plenty of choice in fresh dairy foods
  • Go for fruity flavours of Jalna Yoghurts and include chilled, single-serve tubs in lunchboxes
  • Melt low-fat cheese on toast or muffins
  • Offer Jalna Yoghurt smoothies with an extra dollop of yoghurt instead of soft drinks or cordials
  • Top baked potato with a dollop of Jalna Greek Syle Natural Yoghurt or low fat sour cream and baked beans for lunch or snack
  • Make up a dip with Jalna Yoghurt or use yoghurt as the base for a marinade or sauce

 

Family-friendly Recipes

Babies and infants go through a large growth phase, but they can't eat large amounts of food at once, because their stomach capacity is small. That's why it's so important to feed your baby a wide variety of pure, natural foods packed with nutrients.

Planning family-friendly meals that are also good for babies, means choosing recipes low in salt, sugar and with ingredients with as little processing as possible. It is recommended babies should have whole milk varieties of yoghurt as their main yoghurt up to the age of two, but it is OK for them to eat your family meals that include low fat and fat free yoghurt options. We've included some suitable recipes here but we hope you'll share your recipes with yoghurt your family loves. Just complete the form and upload your recipe and photograph so other families can enjoy your suggestions too.

Food for Babies

Babies from 6-9 months

Once your baby is tolerating foods like rice cereals and an array of fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, as well as yoghurt, by 6-9 months of age you can start combining foods and coming up with a whole variety of meal ideas. Babies at this age don't eat large quantities so make in smaller batches and refrigerate extra for the next day.

Because it is recommended babies should have whole milk varieties of yoghurt up to the age of two, all our recipes use options from the Jalna whole milk range. We've included some suitable recipes here but we hope you'll share recipes with yoghurt that you've found your baby loves. Just complete the form and upload your recipe and photograph.

Babies 9-12 months

Once babies are 9-12 months of age, then chunkier foods are a big part of their meals. We've included some suitable recipes here but we hope you'll share your recipes with yoghurt your baby loves.

Just complete the form and upload your recipe and photograph so other babies can enjoy your suggestions too. Because it is recommended babies should have whole milk varieties of yoghurt up to the age of two, all our recipes use options from the Jalna whole milk range.

Whole Milk for Children Under 2

Reduced fat milks and skim milks are not recommended for children under two years of age. But there are plenty of suitable whole milk Jalna Yoghurts for children this age.

Reduced fat milks and skim milks are not recommended for children under two years of age. So the Jalna Fat Free and Low Fat Yoghurt range which are also low fat are not recommended until your child is two years of age.

However, there are plenty of suitable Jalna dairy foods for children this age, such as Jalna BioDynamic Organic Whole Milk Yoghurt, Jalna Premium Vanilla Yoghurt, Jalna Premium Strawberry Yoghurt, Jalna Genuine Leben European Style Yoghurt, and Jalna Greek Natural Yoghurt.

Family foods made with fat free or low fat yoghurts can be shared with children under two years of age however. Children over two can enjoy any Jalna Yoghurt.

Good Eating Habits Start Young

Like every parent you want to be sure you’re doing everything to meet the nutritional needs of your baby. Jalna’s consultant dietitian, Karen Inge APD, has some valuable tips.

Your questions answered by Karen Inge, APD, Jalna Consultant Dietitian

Like every parent before you, you want to ensure you’re doing everything to meet the nutritional needs of your baby.

While breastfeeding or giving your baby formula, the baby’s diet is reasonably simple. But once your baby moves to solid foods then everything changes.

According to the 2013 Australian Infant Feeding Guidelines, solid foods, such as yoghurt, can be introduced around six months of age. Foods can be introduced in any order provided iron-rich nutritious foods are included and the texture is suitable for the infant’s stage of development.

For further Guidelines details visit: www.eatforhealth.gov.au

Which yoghurt should I introduce to my baby?

Pure foods as close to the natural source as possible are the best for your baby. Jalna yoghurts are made and set in the pot you buy so they do not need artificial additives or flavours like those used in many mass produced yoghurts. All the Jalna range are made from all natural ingredients like dairy milk, viable quantities of aBc cultures and real fruit puree and juice in fruit varieties.

Jalna yoghurts contain no added cane sugar, no preservatives, no additives, no gelatine, no starches, no colours, no artificial flavours or sweeteners.

Jalna includes aBc cultures in all its yoghurts. This unique combination of three different probiotic culture strains have different benefits and can help keep the right balance of microflora in your baby’s gastrointestinal tract, which is important for good immune function and happy tummies.

Jalna yoghurt is so pure, it is suitable for the entire family.

It has a unique thick, creamy texture and tastes delicious.

How do I start?

To introduce yoghurt, start with a teaspoon of a whole milk plain yoghurt variety, like Jalna Natural, Greek or BioDynamic Organic, with no other new foods introduced for 48 hours, if you are concerned about food allergies or intolerances.

Babies may at first reject the natural flavour of yoghurt, but do persist as research suggests it may take eight or more introductions for a baby to accept a new food. Then over time try any of the fruit varieties of Jalna whole milk yoghurt, like Premium Strawberry or Vanilla.

According to the Infant Feeding Guidelines, babies should not be fed honey, so none of the Jalna Yoghurts with honey are recommended for babies under 12 months.

Once the baby is over two years of age, low fat yoghurts can be included in the diet.

How do I make every mouthful count?

When you are confident your baby is tolerating individual foods, you can start incorporating a variety of these foods in different combinations. By including grains, meat, fish, fruit, vegetables and dairy foods like Jalna Yoghurt into recipes, your baby will have a healthy, and an interesting, diet.

Try these suggestions using your choice of Jalna pot-set yoghurt:

  • Make a vegetable yoghurt mash. Use any combination of cooked, pureed vegetables and a swirl of Jalna Yoghurt.
  • When avocadoes are in season, make Baby Guacamole: just puree half an avocado with a squeeze of lemon juice and a dollop of Jalna Yoghurt.
  • Stir canned tuna or salmon through Jalna Yoghurt, with a squeeze of lemon juice and chopped fresh dill or parsley.
  • Make Creamed Rice or Quinoa. Just stir cooked rice or quinoa, grated apple and a little cinnamon through Jalna Yoghurt.
  • Mash canned sardines with Jalna Yoghurt and serve with toast fingers.

What are the benefits of dairy foods?

Dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yoghurt contain at least 10 essential nutrients which are important for the growth and development of your baby. These include protein, calcium, B vitamins, especially vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and B12, carbohydrate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

The major source of calcium in your baby’s diet for the first 12 months should ideally be breast milk or infant formula.

Dairy foods, like yoghurt, are the most readily available alternative source of calcium and usually become an important part of a growing baby’s diet.

A small serve of 100g of whole milk Jalna yoghurt provides around 120-180mg of calcium.

Calcium is essential for many structural and physiological processes in our bodies. Not only is it needed for proper nerve and muscle function, it plays a critical role in building strong bones.

Calcium is also important for mums and the rest of the family too. Dairy foods, including yoghurt, are encouraged as a healthy choice during pregnancy and breast feeding, as well as in every family member’s diet.

Yoghurt safe during pregnancy

Pasteurised dairy foods including yoghurt are safe during pregnancy, as long as you have checked the use-by-date.

Dairy foods, including yoghurt, are encouraged as a healthy choice during pregnancy as they are the most readily available and absorbable source of dietary calcium. In line with dietary guidelines for all adults, pregnant women are encouraged to make the majority of their dairy choices reduced fat.  

There is some confusion about the appropriateness of yoghurt as a food during pregnancy. Women are advised to avoid certain foods during pregnancy and this includes soft cheeses, soft serve ice-cream as well as unpasteurised dairy foods. These foods may carry the listeria bacteria which can increase the risk of an infection called listeriosis, which may be harmful to the growing foetus.

Pasteurised dairy foods, which include commercial milks and yogourts, are safe during pregnancy as long as you have checked the use-by-date. It’s important to not confuse the “good” probiotic bacteria, known as aBc cultures in Jalna Dairy Foods, with harmful listeria bacteria. Jalna yoghurts are all pasteurised and therefore safe to consume during pregnancy.