Articles by Kyla Smith

I'm a paediatric dietitian working primarily with kids who find mealtimes difficult, or are considered 'fussy eaters'. I've spent 10 years working on a government funded Mealtime Management Team and I've just branched out on my own. I love the specialty area of mealtime difficulties. My blog is based on key questions that parents ask about childhood nutrition, feeding kids and managing fussy or picky eating.


Chewsday Review- Petit Miam Plain Yoghurt squeezie

Another week, another new yoghurt for kids. This time Petit Miam has brought out a ‘no added sugar’ plain yoghurt in a squeeze pouch. So, how does it compare to the eleventy million other kid’s yoghurts? Let’s see… 🔶Ingredients:  🔹Milk (80%), milk solids, water, thickener, calcium, yoghurt cultures (S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, B. Lactis).  🔹Thickener…

Chewsday Review- Country Cheese Crackers

Today’s Chewsday Review features a reader’s request. Arnott’s Country Cheese Crackers are a kiddie favourite, and surely they’re just a plain, old savoury biscuit? Let’s see! 🔶Ingredients:  🔹Wheat flour, cheese (14%), vegetable oil, salt, sugar, malt extract, yeast extract, spice, flavour, emulsifier, food acids, food colours, antioxidants.  🔹Common allergens include: gluten, milk and soy  🔶The…

Chewsday Review- Nice & Natural Fruit Zombies

I saw these recently as inclusions in a ‘healthier’ lolly bag at child’s birthday party. I wondered whether they might be a healthy alternative to lollies (and the packaging sure suggests so!) Are these Fruit Zombies a trick or a treat? Let’s see… 🔶Ingredients: 🔹Reconstituted fruit juice (65%), glucose syrup, sugar, beef gelatine, food acids, gelling…

Chewsday Review- Coco & Lucas Spaghetti Bolognese

There’s a new section in the supermarket freezer aisles, and it’s dedicated to kids. Nope, it’s not the nugget section, but several shelves of frozen meals designed just for kids. Annabel Karmel products have been stocked by Coles for a while and have now made their way into Woolies (you can read my review of…

Chewsday Review- Vaalia Kids yoghurt

Yoghurt reviews are always interesting. I cannot believe how many different yoghurts there are on the shelves, particularly those marketed to kids. Today’s is one of the more expensive yoghurts- so how does it stack up nutritionally? 🔶Ingredients:  🔹Whole milk, skim milk, water, sugar, milk solids, tropical fruit, rice starch, gelatin, flavours, acidity regulators, live…

Chewsday Review- Vege Chips (Lentil-Lightly Salted)

They’re Vege Chips, so they’ve got to be better than regular potato chips, right? (Let’s ignore the fact that potatoes are also vegetables 😂) Aaaaaaand they’re made from lentils, so that’s got to be even better, right? Well, today’s Chewsday Review will dish the dirt on these vege versions!  🔶Ingredients:  🔹Potato starch, lentil flour, sunflower…

Chewsday Review- Despicable Me Choc Mousse

Are kiddie desserts any better than adult desserts? Can chocolate mousse be made especially for kids? Today’s review considers the Despicable Me Choc Mousse. 🔶Ingredients: 🔹Milk, cream, sugar, milk chocolate (7.5%), concentrated skim milk, cocoa gelatine, thickeners, emulsifier (472b), natural flavour. 🔹Emulsifier 472b comes from glycerol and helps keep the product texture consistent. It is…

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