The following FAQs cover tips on feeding your baby and toddler, as well as questions asked about Peasy Pods so far.
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Jo says “Introducing your baby to different textures is really important. Not only does it provide a bit of variety and interest to meals, it also helps the development of muscles around the mouth, which is necessary for good speech when the time comes. So, even if you choose to use Peasy Pods to ‘hide’ veg in meals you are preparing for older babies and kids, it’s also important to provide some chunkier veg that you know they’ll eat to help work their mouth muscles”.
Jo says “Introducing your baby to a huge range of foods and flavours early on is really good practice, because once their independence blossoms and they learn to say ‘NO!’ they are much more likely to do this with foods they are not familiar with”.
Jo says: “It is really important to give babies iron containing foods from 6 months as their supplies will be running low and it’s essential for growth and development. They need 8mg of iron per day from 7 months to a year and then 7mg from age 1-3.
From seven months, try to include some iron from meat, fish or eggs, as the iron from these foods can be absorbed directly so can be put straight to work.
Iron can also come from fruit, veg, legumes, and pulses but needs some odds and ends doing to it before it can be put to good use, which means it’s less efficient than its cousin.
The best vegetable sources of iron are beans and pulses like lentils (6mg per 50g) and the best fruits, are dried ones such as dried apricots (3mg per 50g). Dark-green leafy vegetables are all generally pretty good too.
Take a look at our Peasy Omelette recipe which includes our Spinach, Apple and Courgette cubes. Eggs are a great source of iron.
Some foods can interfere with the absorption of iron. An example is calcium: calcium containing foods such as Milk, cheese and Yoghurt can block absorption of iron so if you always give yogurt as a pudding, they are never going to get the most iron from the meal.
Try and vary pudding like our ‘Peasy Brownies’ using one of our fruit based Peasy Pods- you can use any Vegan spread like Sunflower spread, thus avoiding Dairy altogether!
Phytates found in products such as wholemeal bread, brown rice, nuts and seeds can also inhibit absorption. Now there's nothing wrong with these foods and they are a great addition to your little one's dinner plate, but to make sure she's getting enough iron, give them at different times to iron-foods most of the time.
You can help always help baby absorb iron by giving them foods that contain vitamin C alongside. Chopped up bell peppers, tomatoes, citrus fruit (or orange juice diluted 1:10 with water) are all perfect for this job”.
Jo says: “There are lots of reasons that children refuse foods: they don’t like the taste, texture, look of it or maybe they are just trying to exert some control over their life (and you!). A really good place to start with expanding their food repertoire is to encourage them to play with their food and become really familiar with it that way- try not to worry that they are getting their hands dirty, exploring can be really good for them. With older children you could play a game with different foods so that you have to guess what the food will feel like in the mouth to help them build a "memory" of it which helps them know what to expect. For example, will it be soft, crunchy, sticky etc.
Ultimately, kids can be fussy and please try not to get stressed about it. If they don’t want it, never force, but just keep offering it to them so they can get used to it. It can take up to 20 tries before they accept it! Also, you could try to keep a diary of what your child eats over a few days. You may be surprised to find that actually they have eaten across all the food groups. And if they haven’t and you are starting to worry, take them along to your local baby clinic. If the midwife or nurse share your concerns, they can refer you to a specialist.
There has been a long tradition of making children eat all their main course before giving pudding. While it is good to encourage them to eat a range of foods, puddings can provide important calories and nutrients, so there’s no need to be too strict”.
Jo says: “Meals tend to provide a much broader range of nutrients than snacks, and also provide an important space for bonding, so I always encourage as many family meals as possible. Snacks give extra nutrition and keep a hungry child going until the next meal but try not to give too many snacks otherwise they won’t be hungry for a balanced meal”.
Jo says: “We’ve purposely balanced the recipes so that they aren’t too sweet, but there is a strong reason for having slightly sweeter vegetables in some of the range …Babies are born with a naturally sweet palette so they are often much happier with things that have a sweet flavour when they are learning to eat. This is why mixing fruits and vegetables together can help them become accustomed to different tastes and helps them accept new foods. Flavour variety is important too. The more flavours your baby is exposed to and becomes familiar with, the less likely they are to become fussy eaters”.
Jo says “Fruit is a natural choice for many families when starting to feed babies solid foods, however, there’s been a lot of press recently about the sugar content of fruit. This has raised a few concerns about whether it’s such a good weaning food. But actually, fruit is fantastic as a first food – indeed throughout a child’s life. Yes, fruit does tend to have more sugar than vegetables but eating fruit is not just like eating sugar straight from the bowl. You get the nutritional and sensory benefits too. As long as your baby gets a mixture of fruit, vegetables, grains and proteins they will get everything they need.
Here are some of the benefits of feeding fruit to your baby.
1. Vitamins and minerals
Vitamins and minerals are needed for nearly every process that happens in the body from making skin cells to getting energy from the food we eat. Fruit and vegetables contain different micronutrients so getting a variety is the key. Vitamin C is particularly abundant in fruit, which helps the absorption of iron from their food. Iron is essential for brain development.
While too much fibre can fill babies stomachs up too much, they definitely need some for feeding the good bacteria that live in their guts. These good bacteria are known to be great for digestion but more importantly help to train babies’ immune systems.
Babies are born with a naturally sweet palette so they are often much happier with things that have a sweet flavour when they are learning to eat. This is why mixing fruits and vegetables together can help them become accustomed to different tastes and helps them accept new foods. Flavour variety is important too. The more flavours your baby is exposed to and becomes familiar with, the less likely they are to become fussy eaters”.
Jo says: “There aren’t any formal recommendations as to what a portion size should be for a baby/toddler and whilst 5 a day is a good principle to work by, again there are no specific guidelines for this age group. A good rule of thumb is to use a child’s fist size and to ensure that there is a good range of fruit and vegetables eaten. This generally equates to approx. 30-40g per portion for babies 6 months up to a year. As such, a two-cube portion of Peasy Pods is ensuring your child is getting a portion of fruit or veg. However, in the first year, milk is still a key source of nutrition so try not to get too concerned about ensuring everything weighs 40g. It’s more important at this stage to try different tastes, textures and food groups as well as getting used to eating with the family at regular times.
As children grow older, portion sizes grow with them (as you would expect). Children 4-10 need approximately 40-60g per portion and then children 11-18 need adult portion sizes (80g)”.
Sarah says: “Freezing is the most natural preservative there is. It locks in taste, freshness, colour and nutrients. The organic ingredients in Peasy Pods are carefully prepped, gently cooked in small batches, blended, then frozen. There are no additional heating processes, such as pasteurisation or sterilisation and no additional gasses or preservatives added. We just freeze the Peasy recipes into cubes, and then pop them out straight into a recyclable, resealable pouch. Bob’s your Auntie’s live in lover.
Ultimately, the desire was to create something really convenient, that was as close to what you were making (or not as the case may be) at home, whilst still being perfectly safe for your little ones to eat”
Sarah says “As a parent, I like to know where the food my family is eating is coming from (even if I’m not that keen on cooking it) and as a business owner, I like to be in close proximity to where the food is produced so that I know when it’s being produced, I know the team, the chefs, the innovation team and that every batch is the great quality I would want for my own kids.
The reason we are producing in small batches is that when products are produced in really large vessels, it can affect the texture ( the product taken off for portioning at the beginning may be runnier than the product taken at the end for example) and most importantly, the product that is taken from the ‘bottom of the vessel’ may be sat waiting a while before being portioned. Making something in small quantities means more consistency and a quicker transition from cook to freezing.
The heating instructions on back of pack are our advised methods of preparing Peasy Pods.
If you wish to defrost, please either do this using the defrost setting in a microwave or in a refrigerator.
If in a refrigerator, please do this in a lidded container and on a top shelf away from any risk products, such as raw meat. Always ensure the product is thoroughly defrosted and serve immediately.