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Healthy Snacks for Children

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rybkaYoung children require a large amount of energy in comparison to their body size but they cannot cope with large quantities of food at any one time. Some toddlers may survive quite happily on three meals a day but you will probably find that your child will also need snacks between meals to keep up her energy level. As babies become increasingly mobile and expend a lot of energy it is important that you have plenty of healthy snacks on hand rather than let her fill herself up on empty calories like sweet biscuits and potato crisps. Offer healthy snacks like cheese, dried or fresh fruit or sandwiches with nutritious fillings like peanut butter, Marmite or Promite.

What Cakes to Include in Your Diet

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Cake_cCakes come in all shapes and sizes - some may be very high in fat and sugar while others have a relatively low-fat, high-fibre content. The secret of a good diet is not so much what you eat, but how often you eat it. Enjoy a piece of cake as a treat now and them.

Beans Help Vegetarians to Get Enough Protein

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beansBeans contain varying amounts of protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals. They are an excellent source of fibre, especially soluble fibre, which helps to lower blood cholesterol levels. They are also low in fat.

The Food Pyramid for Daily Diet

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pyramid_avaThis diagram shows the recommended balance of the five different food groups in your daily diet The largest group is the starchy carbohydrates, followed by fruit and vegetables. Protein and dairy foods are next, with the smallest group containing the fatty and sugary foods. Around half the total calories you need should come from the starchy carbohydrates and 33-35 per cent from fats.

Basic Methods of Cooking Fish

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fish_cFish is an excellent low-fat source of protein and it is important to encourage a liking for fish early on. You can mix fish with vegetables, cereals, creamy cheese sauce andso on. Cooking fish can be not so easy. Learn to cook fish steaks, whole fish, fish fillets in a sauce and also to steam fish. Read about recommended cooking times for fish fillets, fish steaks and whole fish.

Choose Finger Foods for Your Baby

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finger-foodsAs your baby develops better finger control (this usually happens at around eight months), introducing finger foods will help to develop the all-important skills of biting, chewing and self-feeding. Finger foods should be big enough for your baby to pick up, easy to hold and should not have any stones, pips or bones in them.

Feeding Baby. Self-Feeding

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self-feeding_cLet your baby experiment with feeding herself, using her fingers or a spoon. The more independent your growing baby, the sooner she will master the art of feeding herself. Use special equipment: high chairs, special bowls and spoons, feeding cups.

Microwave Cooking Techniques

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Microwave-Cooking-TechniquescIf your microwave has a turntable, rearrange foods halfway through cooking by turning them sides-to-middle. Place a single dish in the centre of the reach turntable, or arrange individual dishes or portions evenly spaced in a circle round the edge of the turntable. Microwaves cook the outsides first and tend to fizzle out as they the centre of the cooker. This is why you should always arrange foods with the thickest part to the outside, and the thinner ends towards the centre.

Best Way to Feed Your Baby. Introducing Solids

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Feed-Your-Baby_cCurrent medical advice is that solids should not be given until at least four months after your baby's due date. A very young baby's digestive and immune system is not sufficiently developed before this time and there is a greater risk of food allergy occurring. In special circumstances, pre-term infants may be offered solids earlier than this but check with your paediatric dietitian first.

Microwave Cooking. Follow the Instructions

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instructions_cThe first and most important factor is to read the instruction book which comes with your microwave. Always keep this on hand for reference - models differ in power and in the way the controls arc marked - and follow it as you start to cook. Begin with something simple and straightforward - reheat a cup of coffee, cook a jacket potato or a dish of sliced courgettes - and gradually, you will get used to this new form of cooking method and gain confidence.

Energy-Boosting Foods

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Energy-Boosting-Foods_avaFoods containing carbohydrates are the main providers of energy in the diet. There are two types of carbohydrates: sugars (simple carbohydrates) and starches (complex carbohydrates), each of which can be found in two forms; natural or refined.

The Food Pyramid

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pyramid_avaA balanced diet for adults and children over five years old should contain approximately 20% protein, 35% fat and 45% carbohydrates. Children under five years of age need a diet lower in fat and higher in fibre, but gradually their diet will change to become more in line with an adult diet.

Choose Foods for Children by Colour

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mother-and-babyIn general, the more colourful the food, the more nutritious it is. For example, spinach rates more highly than lettuce; the deep orange of a sweet potato contains more nutrients than an ordinary potato, and pink grapefruit is preferable to an ordinary grapefruit. It is important to ensure that you include a good variety of colours to make sure you are getting a good balance in your and your children's diet.

Making Home Made Sweets

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home-made-dessertsA wide range of sweets can be made at home quite easily with very little special equipment. The most essential item is a sugar thermometer; though there are some sweets that can be made without one. Most however are made by cooking sugar mixtures to a certain temperature.

What Went Wrong while Cooking Cakes and Why

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cakes2_cIf you're cooking a cake and something is wrong, what to do with it? Take a look at a table and find out what's wrong and how to fix it. Read about problems with melted mixture, fruit cakes, all-in-one mixture, creamed mixture, whisked mixture.

Very Rich Fruit Cakes. Quantities of Ingredients for Cooking

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Very-Rich-Fruit-Cakes_cLearn to cook Very Rich Fruit Cakes. They are suitable for birthdays, Christmas, weddings and other holidays. We offer you metric and imperial quantities of ingredients for all-in-one and creaming methods of cooking Very Rich Fruit Cakes.

All about Victoria Sandwich Cakes

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Victoria-Sandwich-Cakes_cWe offer you information about making Victoria Sandwich Cakes. Read about approximate times of mixing Victoria Sandwich Cakes in electric food mixers, aout making cakes by the creaming method with an electric food mixer, and about variations of Victoria Sandwich Cakes.

How to Prepare Cake Tins for Baking

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cake-tinSometimes baking cakes can be vary hard task. We'd like to give you some advice. Read about preparation cake tins for baking such cakes: Fruit Cakes, Sandwich Cakes, Sponges, Swiss Rolls. Also you'll find information about measuring, preparation of fruit and other ingredients, folding-in, testing a cake, cooling and storage.

Making Choux Pastry Is Easy

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Choux-pastry_cThis is quite unlike the other pastries and made by a totally different method. It is important to measure the ingredients very accurately. It contains a high proportion of egg which enriches the mixture and binds it. Thorough beating incorporates a great deal of air which is essential in order that the cooked pastry will be light, airy and crisp. Plain flour is essential as a high gluten content is required.

Useful Tips and Peculiarities of Baking Pastry

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pie_cMaking pastry is rather hard thing. You should have special knowledge and experience to do it. Of course, baking is the most important thing. But sometimes forming and decorating also mean a lot. Here are some tips that will help you. And if something goes wrong, look at the table we give you in this article. It really can help.

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