Crunch Bites Podcast: Bite sized children's nutrition info
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Crunch Bites is the newest ‘grab and go’ podcast for parents who want to learn how to feed their family well whilst saving on time, money and stress.

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In today's episode, Mikala and Nicole talk all about the goodness of vegetables and how we can encourage our kids to reach for a variety when enjoying meals with the family. Join Mikala and Nicole as they discuss the vital role vegetables play in our kid's growth and development, as well as the health benefits that come with eating different coloured vegetables across the seasons. Eating seasonally also provides plenty of flavour and savings at the checkout!

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Join Mikala and Nicole in this mini episode as they chat about wholegrains, the important role they play in our children's growth and development and some practical tips on how to introduce them to meals and snacks. Whether it's trying out wholegrain bread in the lunchbox, baking with wholemeal flour, or serving up brown rice for dinner, this episode discusses some simple ways you can encourage your kids to eat more and learn to love their wholegrains!

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In this wholesome episode, Mikala speaks with Dr Preeya Alexander about reaching for rainbow foods and how to make healthy food in the home fun for all. Dr Preeya is a mum of two, a passionate GP, a well known social media personality, a TV host and a HUGE rainbow enthusiast. Dr Preeya talks about her books (The Rainbow Plate, Full Plate & Eat, Sleep, Play, Love), and how using story telling through entertainment is just as valuable when it comes to familiarising kids with vegetables and increasing exposure. The more times children are exposed to new vegetables, the more likely they are to try something new and reach for a variety of veg.

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In today's episode Mikala and Nicole chat about how to tackle picky eating and encourage your kids to be more adventurous eaters. Eating a range of core foods, particularly a variety of vegetables, is important for a child's growth and development. Finding ways to include these core foods regularly comes with lots of benefits. Food refusal or eating a limited range of foods is normal across the years, and progress can sometimes be slow. Mikala and Nicole talk about the importance of positive role modelling and being sure to celebrate the small wins! Join Mikala and Nicole as they chat about some of the reasons for picky eating and discuss some practical tips to help increase the variety of food your child eats.

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It can be a daunting task raising children in a world where there are so many societal norms, attitudes and pressures around food and body image. Join Mikala as she speaks with Dr Stephanie Damiano, Manager of the Body Bright Program with the Butterfly Foundation. Stephanie shares invaluable tips on how to support your children to create positive relationships with food and body image. Stephanie also talks about understanding body dissatisfaction and disordered eating, and some of the warning signs for parents who have concerns.

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In today's episode, Mikala and Nicole take a deep dive into packing lunchboxes. Over the years of helping parents in this space, they find that most parents have the same common questions when it comes to trying to pack a healthy lunchbox that actually gets eaten. How much should I pack? What should I pack for long lasting energy? And what should I do when it keeps coming back full? It is no secret that the lunchbox journey can feel hard to navigate some days!

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Meet the hosts and learn about how Crunch Bites came to be, plus what you can expect in season one.

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Crunch Bites Podcast Hosts Mikala and Nicole

Brought to you by qualified nutritionists, each episode bites off a topic that will help you build those healthy habits in the home.

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From packing healthy lunchboxes to building a positive body image, to reaching for rainbow foods in the home, join us as we chat about practical ways to feed your family healthy food.

Crunch Bites is brought to you by the Crunch&Sip® team at Cancer Council WA and funded by Healthway.