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What products and ingredients should I stock up on for my child?

Having a few basics on hand all the time makes whipping up tasty, healthy and child friendly meals a lot easier! Here are a few of the basics you should always keep on hand when you have children:

Barley, couscous, rice and oats. Whether it’s adding them to soups and stews, making a quick salad, or using them as an accompaniment, grains are quick and easy, and they’re healthy too.

Beans, lentils and split peas are great for adding to soups, and they make great meat free sauces. Baked beans are a protein packed option as a topping or on their own.

Canned foods, including soups, vegetables and fish, make whipping up a tasty meal quick and easy.

Fortified breakfast cereal, crackers and dried fruit are great choices for snacks, and make preparing healthy breakfasts a lot easier.

Peanut butter, honey and nuts are great on their own, or to add flavour to another dish.

Oils, like canola and extra virgin olive oil, are healthy, and can be used to add flavour to vegetables and salads.

Pasta and pasta sauces, as well as instant noodles, are another must have in the healthy pantry. Choose whole-wheat noodles where possible, and opt for vegetable based sauces.

Tomatoes, whether they’re dried, fresh, canned or in sauce, are a must, for their lycopene content.

Whole wheat flour as an alternative for baking biscuits, bread and pizza bases.

Seeds, spices, herbs and wheat germ, all of which can be used to sprinkle on other foods, adding flavour in a healthy way.

If you keep just a few of these on hand all the time, it should be easy to create fun, tasty and healthy meals that your child will enjoy!

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