Articles by Deb Blakley

Introducing the Brisbane Dietitian, Nutritionist and mum who is passionate about kids learning to love good food from birth and beyond. Deb is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian & Accredited Nutritionist, recognised by the Dietitians Association of Australia and is an accredited practitioner of the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding for fussy eaters and problem feeders. “Your family can start having happy mealtimes by losing the guilt, ditching the battles and eating happy!” Deb Blakley, Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Director I believe in the right of every person to EAT HAPPY! I believe that every child is capable of growing up to be a competent and confident eater no matter what the nutrition challenge is I delight in helping families put the joy back into eating together Deb’s passion for kids learning to “dig” food was sparked by her daughter, who provides a constant source of action learning and on the job training. Her nutrition career started more than 18 years ago after graduating from Queensland University of Technology with a Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics. Deb is committed to ongoing professional development in the area of child and infant feeding and attends workshops and conferences each year to improve her skills in this area. Deb followed her heart to create Kids Dig Food in 2012 after many years as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, community dietitian and community nutritionist. She has led initiatives as diverse as breastfeeding promotion, feeding practices in early childhood education settings and food security. In these roles she saw first-hand the difference that JOY makes to feeding and eating. Let Deb help you put the joy back into feeding your family today.


Mexican Lasagne

Here’s an exciting variation of the original family favourite shared to us by Caitlyn Osborne, a Nutrition & Dietetics Student! This layered casserole, jam-packed with veggie goodness, is sure to be a crowd favourite and have many hungry tums coming back for more…. Many components of this dish can be prepared well in advance, such as the…

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Totally awesome sandwich fillings

You’ll never be stuck for sandwich filling ideas…EVER…AGAIN! Use these super sandwich ideas to take lunch to a new level. Some of these suggestions are truly kid-friendly and some are more exotic. It’s great to challenge the kids’ taste buds with different sandwich fillings. Vegetarian Egg and lettuce – mix egg with a little light…

Lunchbox-friendly Sausage Rolls

Lunchbox-friendly Sausage Rolls Credit: Caitlyn Osborne, Student Dietitian & KDF intern Servings Prep Time 30mini sausage rolls 30minutes Cook Time 15minutes Servings Prep Time 30mini sausage rolls 30minutes Cook Time 15minutes Ingredients 750g lean beef/ lambmince 1medium capsicumdiced 1medium carrotsgrated 200g button mushrooms,finely chopped 1/2small Onionfinely chopped 2tsp paprika 1tbsp chopped basil 1tbsp chopped chives…

Eating together – making family meals happen

Have family meals become part of history rather than your routine? Yes, research is clear that there are benefits associated with eating together as a family. The major obstacle of sharing a meal together is lack of time as families experience an increasing load of commitments, extra-curricular activities for the kids, work commitments and sports….

An Aussie dietitian’s take on Halloween

Love or hate it, Halloween is upon us again. For some, Halloween may seem to be an unnecessary celebration here in Australia. A night where kids load up on as many sweets and lollies as they can possibly manage whilst they really have no idea what Halloween is all about. And just a few short…

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