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Child nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed says there’s ‘nothing wrong with a sandwich’ for dinner

No time to cook for the kids? Child nutritionist says there’s ‘nothing wrong with a sandwich’ for dinner and parents should be ‘kinder’ to themselves about family meals

  • Charlotte Stirling-Reed, infant and child nutritionist, coaches parents in cooking for their children
  • The author of How to Feed your Toddler offers advice on weaning, picky eaters and how to make nutritious meals for your child that they will really enjoy
  • She’s posted on Instagram why it’s okay to make ‘bundled’ meals for the kids every once in a while
  • Parents have praised Charlotte for her realistic approach to cooking for children

An infant and child nutritionist has told parents not to be so hard on themselves when feeding their kids a sandwich and chips for dinner.

Charlotte Stirling-Reed, author of the Sunday Times bestseller How to Feed your Toddler, opened up on Instagram that she didn’t always have the motivation to cook.

She wrote to her 304,000 followers: ‘For everyone who needs to hear this today.

‘Bundled meals are OK, sometimes ESSENTIAL!’

The mother of two posted a photo of a cream cheese and cucumber sandwich on a plate accompanied by chips and some carrots.

Children's nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed posted on her Instagram page about days when she doesn't have time to cook and why parents shouldn't be hard on themselves when making their kids 'easy' dinners

Children’s nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed posted on her Instagram page about days when she doesn’t have time to cook and why parents shouldn’t be hard on themselves when making their kids ‘easy’ dinners

Charlotte added: ‘I’m mainly posting this because we’ve been eating a lot of these kinds of meals at home lately.

‘With all the holidays, free time, work and birthdays etc. we’ve been everywhere and lost our routine!

‘When I’m at home (rare at the moment!) I now have NO motivation to cook…

“So just a little reminder that it’s okay if you can’t cook for the kids every night.”

Charlotte also noted that the meal she made for her family was still nutritious, with carbohydrates in the bread and chips, protein and dairy in the cream cheese, and fiber in the carrots.

She encouraged parents not to be hard on themselves because they don’t always take a lot of time to cook new and interesting meals for their kids, adding that that one easier meal every now and then won’t change anything.

Speaking to FEMAIL, Charlotte said, “Parenting is hard and sometimes ‘bosh bash bosh’ meals from the fridge aren’t just okay — they’re essential.

“We put so much pressure on ourselves as parents, but it’s not about what your child eats at a single meal, it’s about what they eat over time – the weeks and months really, as well as what we give them.” serving most of the time. time.

Food for children is not black and white

“There’s also nothing wrong with a sandwich, filling, a handful of chips and some fruit or veggies on your kid’s plate — just find ways to add those extras where you can.

‘Nutritious spreads such as hummus or peanut butter, some extra finger foods, a dip to serve with it, for example.

“Children’s nutrition isn’t black and white – we need to be nicer to ourselves as parents and realize that if we think a lot about what we serve our children, we’re probably already doing better than we think!”

Charlotte posted on her Instagram page @sr_nutrition about the 'not perfect' meals she sometimes makes for her kids when she doesn't have time to cook a fancy meal

Charlotte posted on her Instagram page @sr_nutrition about the ‘not perfect’ meals she sometimes makes for her kids when she doesn’t have time to cook a fancy meal

Charlotte explained how, with a little quick thinking, parents can still pack food into so-called

Charlotte explained how, with a little quick thinking, parents can still pack food into so-called “easy” meals when they’re too busy to cook for their kids. She used her example of a sandwich, chips and carrots to show how she has fed her children carbohydrates, protein and vegetables

Relieved parents responded to Charlotte’s post, saying they “need to hear” the message she had to share.

One mother wrote: ‘I love this! Sometimes it’s easy to think the basic meals aren’t good enough, I’m so guilty of pressuring myself to cook fancy home-cooked meals all the time and feel awful if I let it slip.”

Other people responded to the post, revealing what they cooked for their kids when they didn’t have time to make something special.

One mother wrote: ‘Sometimes after nursery, when my little girl has eaten well, I just give her a bowl of Weetabix, milk, peanut butter and chia seeds. She loves it.’

Another wrote: ‘Beans on toast is always a winner!’

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