A leading South African paediatric dietician, Kath Megaw, has launched the Real Food, Healthy, Happy Children cookbook. She offers a research grounded yet easy-to-grasp guide on what to feed children during the different stages of their development.
As a long-term advocate of low-carb eating, her mission is to convert parents and children away from the processed, nutrient-poor foods that surround them in everyday life and to win them over to "real", natural food.
She said she started using the ketogenic diet for children with epilepsy and noticed immunity improvement in children who were on the diet, which is a very high fat and extremely strict on carb intake diet.
"When meals incorporate taste experiences, social interaction and emotional connections, along with high nutritional impact, the result is altogether healthier, happier, children," she said.
All children deserve the best start in life and that means adopting a healthy lifestyle right from preconception, through pregnancy and breastfeeding, and into first foods.
The golden rules of the book are to choose living food (foods closest to nature), let children eat fat (good fats), drink only water, ditch the wonder bread and to avoid sugar.
Whether you’re the parent of a newborn, a tiny tot, a tween or a teen, if you care about your child’s nutrition, this book will help you.
The book is co-authored by Daisy Jones of Starfish Top 10 Sustainable Fish, Phillippa Cheifitz of Lazy Days and Jane-Anne Hobbs of the book Scrumptious.
It is available in book stores and online.