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Feeding fussy children

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fussy-baby_cBabies grow more rapidly in their first year than at any other time in their lives, but after twelve months, a child's growth and weight-gain generally slow down. It is not so surprising, therefore, that many children who were good eaters in their first year become more fussy and the second year is often a time when food is used to assert independence.

What Beverages to Drink to Be Healthy

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teaCoffee, tea and hot chocolate are popular beverages and can be beneficial if drunk in moderation. Cold beverages like fruit juices, fruit drinks and carbonated soft drinks are also favourite beverages, especially among children. Lower sugar or diet alternative drinks have artificial sweeteners that reduce their calorie values.

Teach Your Baby to Chew

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chew_cThe final quarter of a baby's first year is a time of rapid change as babies will progress from sitting to crawling and maybe even walking. By this age, your baby should have gained some teeth and graduated to a high chair so now it is important to introduce coarser textures in order to encourage your baby to chew.

Which Foods to Choose for Your Baby

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baby-food_cWith the exception of raw or lightly cooked eggs, peanuts, whole nuts, shellfish and soft cheeses, your baby should now be able to eat most foods. At this age, your baby should be eating three to four servings of starchy food, three to four servings of fruit and vegetables, at least one serving of meat, chicken or fish, or two servings of a vegetable protein (soya, peas, beans, lentils and smoth nut butters) per day.

Specially Designed Microwave Containers

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Microwave-Containers_cThere is now a huge range of containers available for use in the microwave, the quality of which varies considerably as do the prices. Before purchasing any items you think you need, get to know your microwave and find out where the gaps are in the equipment you already have. It makes no sense to buy a whole range of different-shaped dishes when you can use some of the equipment you already possess.

Cooking Equipment for Microwave

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Cooking-Equipment-for-Microwave_CAs a general rule, cookware which is dishwasher-proof is suitable for the microwave. Test cookware for the first time by placing a glass jug half-filled with water in the microwave. Put the dish beside it and cook on full power setting for about 30 seconds. If, at the end of this time, the water is warm and the dish is hot, the dish isn't suitable for use. If, however, the dish is still cool, then it should be fine provided it has no metallic (gold or silver) decoration on it.

Weaning Pre-Term Babies

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baby-eating_cIf your baby was born prematurely, weaning times can vary. Some pre-terms will be ready for solid food before four months corrected age (times since birth) and weaning could begin earlier if your baby is over 5 kg (11 lb), the extrusion reflex is lost and they can eat off a spoon.

Feeding Babies. Breastfeeding Benefits

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Breastfeeding_cFor the first four to six months of life, babies need nothing more than milk as this provides all the energy and nutrients that they need. Brest milk contains particular proteins called antibodies and white blood cells, which help to protect a baby from infection. Brest milk is also rich in the omega-3 essential fatty acids that are important for brain development. Resent research shows that breastfed babies may well have higher IQs than babies given infant formula. A study of school-age children reared on breast milk found their IQs were five points higher than those brought up on formula milk.

Chinese Cuisine. Cooking Vegetables (+video)

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vegetablesOf all the foods we normally cook, vegetables are undoubtedly the quickest and easiest to prepare. They are generally delicate in flavour and cook rapidly. Thus we need to take great care that we cook them to just the right point or risk losing their natural taste, juice, colour, texture and food value. Properly cooked, vegetables are very nutritious and an extremely important part of the diet.

Cooking with a Microwave

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microwave.cooking_cAs you probably know, cooking by microwaves is not at all the same as cooking in the conventional way. A microwave is a short-lived, high-frequency electro-magnetic wave similar to the ones which are used for transmitting radar signals. It heats up food by penetrating it to a depth of up to an inch and a half (4 cm) and activating the molecules of water and fat and sugar, making them vibrate at millions of times a second. This produces heat by friction (as you do when you rub your hands together) and this heat travels in towards the centre of the food by conduction, passing from particle to particle, until the centre is reached.

Chinese Cuisine. Cooking Meat

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read-meat_cMeat is a very popular food in China but it is not consumed in such quantities as in the West. That is, it is rarely the central dish in any meal. Rather, it is used to accompany and to complement other foods - vegetables and rice, for example - or in sauces and soups. This makes for a very healthy diet: in the West we use too much animal protein, at the cost of the vegetable nutrients and food fibre our bodies require.

Healthy Food. Vitamins and Minerals

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vitamins_cWe are foolish if we think we can beat nature at its own game. Vitamin and mineral supplements can never hope to replace all the nutrients contained in food. Listed below are the main vitamins and minerals that children need to grow and be healthy. Vitamins A, C, D, E, B complex vitamins, and also such minerals, as iron and zinc.

All about Making Smoothies

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smoothiesSmoothies are possibly the ultimate drink for an immediate energy boost. They are easy to make and can transform fresh fruit and vegetables into healthy drinks packed full of goodness. In their simplest form they are cool fresh fruit purees or you can add yogurt as a healthy thickener or even ice cream or alcohol for superb tasting treats. The choice is yours.

Chinese Cuisine. Cooking Poultry

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poultry_cChicken, duck, pigeon, pheasant and quail: poultry in its many forms has been central to the Chinese cuisine for millennia. And the Chinese, in my opinion, are the world's experts in cooking poultry. All parts of each bird are used and, after cooking has transformed them, prized: the wings, the entrails, even the feet!

Fish & Seafood in Chinese Cuisine

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fish_cNo other seafood market in the world is growing faster than China's massive seafood market. Chinese eat a lot of fish and seafood. They know what spices and sauces to use with seafood dishes, how to cook fish, shellfish, mussels etc. No other cuisine matches that of the Chinese in its ability to capture the best flavours and textures of the harvest of the sea.

Basic Chinese Pantry. Chinese Rice Wine and Thick Sauces and Pastes

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Chinese-Rice-Wine_2cBy the article "Basic Chinese Pantry. Bean Curd" we began a series of articles about Chinese Pantry. Here is the next text on this topic. It's about such products as Chinese Rice Wine (important contributor to the flavour of Chinese cuisine, this wine is used extensively for cooking and drinking throughout the country) and Thick Sauces and Pastes (Quick and easy Chinese cookery involves the use of a number of thick tasty sauces and pastes. These are essential to the authentic taste of the food and it is well worth making the effort to obtain them).

Basic Chinese Pantry. Oils

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oils_cBy the article "Basic Chinese Pantry. Bean Curd" we began a series of articles about Chinese Pantry. Here is the next text on this topic. It's about such product as oils. Oils is the most commonly used cooking medium in Chinese cuisine and the favourite is groundnut (peanut) oil. Animal fats, usually lard and chicken fat, are also used in some areas. Chinese prefer to cook with groundnut oil as they find animal fats in general too heavy.

Basic Chinese Pantry. Chinese Dried Mushrooms

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Chinese-Dried-Mushrooms_cBy the article "Basic Chinese Pantry. Bean Curd" we began a series of articles about Chinese Pantry. Here is the next text on this topic. It's about such product as Chinese Dried Mushrooms (they add a particular flavour and aroma to Chinese dishes). The Chinese never use them fresh, preferring their distinct, robust, smoky flavour and yielding texture when dried.

Basic Chinese Pantry. Coconut Milk and Coriander, Chinese Parsley or Cilantro

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Coconut-Milk_2cBy the article "Basic Chinese Pantry. Bean Curd" we began a series of articles about Chinese Pantry. Here is the next text on this topic. It's about such products as Coconut Milk (widely used throughout Asia) and Coriander, Chinese Parsley or Cilantro (one of the relatively few herbs used in Chinese cookery).

Basic Chinese Pantry. Black Beans and Chinese White Cabbage

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black-beans_2cBy the article "Basic Chinese Pantry. Bean Curd" we began a series of articles about Chinese Pantry. Here is the next text on this topic. It's about such products as Black Beans and Chinese White Cabbage (Bok Choy).

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