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Why Tired Tots Need Topping Up – #TurboToddlers

New research reveals how toddlers need more refuelling than parents might realise.

Most toddlers love to charge around and its often tiring work trying to keep up with them, but  it may surprise  many  parents  just  how  much  energy  these  little  ones  are  burning  in  one  day.  According  to  a new study, a toddler’s daily energetic antics burn the equivalent to an adult running half a marathon in an hour, or dancing 30 Strictly-inspired Samba routines in a row.

Experts  at  baby  food  company,  Kiddylicious,  have  also  found  that  the  average  toddler  covers  around 5,000  steps  an  hour –  which  is  more  than  the  average  adult  will  cover  in  the  whole  day.  That’s equivalent  to  walking  two  and  a  half  ADULT  miles  an  hour  and  for  Olympic  athlete  and  Strictly  Come Dancing star Greg Rutherford, who has a 23-month-old son called Milo, he would have to long jump for 90 consecutive minutes. With this in mind, Kiddylicious is on a refuelling mission as many parents do not realise how much extra nutrition is needed to fuel this important stage of growth and development between 12 and 24 months.

In a recent survey of Brit parents, Kiddylicious found that almost half could not correctly identify how  much  energy  their  child  was  expending  in  a  day.  Furthermore,  over  two  thirds  of  London parents  said  they  view  snacking  as  a  negative  habiti  which  Kiddylicious  and  expert  nutritionists  have identified as a key way to refuel their energy.  Kiddylicious Milo

Figure 1; Milo Rutherford in action! #TurboToddlers

A toddler’s daily antics can equate to an adult running a marathon in two hours. “Toddler  energy  needs  are  high  compared  to  their  body  size;  1  and  2-year-old  children  need  to  fuel their  bodies  with  twice  the  amount  of  energy  (per  kilo  of  body  weight)  to  that  of  an  adult”, explains  Dr  Ali  Hill,  Registered  Nutritionist  and  Course  Leader  for  BSc  Sport  Coaching  at  Southampton Solent University.


“Being  a  toddler  is  a  very  busy  time”,  explains  Dr.  Hill. “At  this  stage  of  development,  they  are  busy learning  new  skills  like  how  to  move  and  how  to  communicate,  whilst  growing  rapidly.    Energy consumption  needs  to  reflect  this  and  their  eating  pattern  at  this  age  should  be  based  on  small  meals and snacks.” Snacks are important because, at this age, toddlers tummies are too tiny to get all the energy they need from meal times alone.  Experts advise that at around 12 months, children should be offered three main meals and two or three healthy snacks each day to maintain their energy levels, and to help keep them going and growing.Kiddylicious Infographic


The  research,  called  the  Turbo  Toddlers  Project (#TurboToddlers), highlights  how  a  toddlers  daily  activities,  such  as running, climbing and crawling, are the same as an adult running with a baby pushchair for 90 minutes, playing an entire game of football, or doing three and a half hours of hardcore housework. In  order  to  illustrate  the  variance  between  a  toddler and  an  adults  level  of  physical  activity  (and therefore  the  required  nutrition),  Kiddylicious  invited  an  army  of  12-24-month  old  toddlers  to  a  play date at an indoor soft play centre, and worked with Dr. Ali Hill to analyse the results:

“We  looked  at  how  much  energy  toddlers  burned  and  number  of  steps  taken  within  an  hour  of  play, and considered this against gender, body weight, and the level of energy consumption required for rapid development  and  growth  at  this  age.    The  average  toddler  expends  about  30-32kcals  of  energy  an  in hour, but several of the toddlers at the play-date spent six or more times that!”

A spokesperson from Kiddylicious added: “All toddlers at this age are energetic, but many may need more refueling, more often!  Milo Rutherford, who clearly takes after his Dad, covered two and half adult miles in an hour – that’s more than the average adult walks in a whole day!”

For more information about the Kiddylicious Turbo Toddlers project, go to or #turbotoddlers

Dr Ali Hill is a Registered Nutritionist and Course Leader for BSc Sport Coaching at Southampton Solent University and her areas of academic expertise are nutrition, healthy eating, diet and physical activity. She also specialises in nutrition for athletes and events (e.g. first marathon/triathlon); foetal programming (effect of diet in pregnancy on the offspring in later life); obesity; fats; and diet and the immune system.

The survey was conducted by Atomik Research in June 2016 and the toddlers energy usage and steps taken were measured using FitBit Zip energy trackers.

The average adult walks between 3-4,000 steps a day.  Milo Rutherford walked 4,934 steps in an hour, which equates to two and a half adult miles (based on 2,000 adult steps to the mile).

How to Eat for a Healthy Pregnancy

When you’re wracked with nausea and all you can stomach is peanut butter and Marmite (maybe that’s just us?!) eating healthily when you are pregnant can be a challenge.  However, there’s a growing number of studies which show the link between healthy eating and a healthy pregnancy and better health throughout your baby’s life, so we’ve teamed up with yummy mummies Meriel and Lucy from Claudi and Fin to guide you through the best way to eat for two!

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What do you need to eat more of?

Experts recommend that all pregnant women eat more calcium, folic acid, iron, vitamin D and protein but what are they and what do they do?

Calcium is used to build your baby’s teeth and bones. If you don’t get enough during your pregnancy, your body will draw calcium from your own stores and give them to the baby, so keep your body topped up! The most obvious form of calcium is dairy,  but you can also get it from broccoli, dark leafy greens, figs and beans.eggs and milk

Folic Acid is a B vitamin found especially in leafy green vegetables. It is extremely important for the development of a healthy foetus, reducing the risk of spina bifida, heart defects and cleft palate. Experts recommend you get 600mg when you’re pregnant. It can be hard to get this from food alone and unless you are planning on eating nothing but cabbage soup for nine months, experts recommend a supplement!

Iron is crucial to our body’s blood production and you need twice as much when you’re pregnant (27mg) because you are making blood for two! As well as multivitamins, you can supplement your diet with iron-rich red meat, legumes, vegetables (especially dark leafy greens like spinach) and whole grains.

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Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of calcium and is essential to help build your baby’s teeth and bones. Most of us get enough in Summer from the sun but come Winter, it’s easy to become deficient, leading to weak bones and even conditions like rickets in children. Good sources of vitamin D are fatty fish and foods fortified with vitamin D, like selected dairy products, cereals and Claudi & Fin Greek style Frozen Yoghurt lollies.

Protein helps to build important organs in the baby, such as the brain and heart. You should be eating protein all the way through your pregnancy, but the third trimester is when your baby’s brain will be developing. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like mackerel, salmon and sardines are great for helping your baby’s brain develop healthily. Meat fish, cheese, lentils, yogurt, eggs and nuts are also great sources of protein.

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Here are some quick fixes to get you started!

  1. For a bit of everything start the day with a smoothie! Berries a brilliant because they are packed with carbohydrates, vitamin C, potassium, folate and fibre and you can add yoghurt for calcium, avocado for folic acid, spinach for iron and nuts for protein. Whizz this all up in a blender and hey presto – everything you need in one drink!
  2. For Folic acid and calcium eat avocados which are also packed full of omega 3’s! They’re great on toast for a breakfast with a difference.
  3. For calcium and protein bananas are brilliant. They also stabilise blood sugar and reduce nausea from morning sickness.
  4. For protein have some chia seeds they’re a must-have superfood packed with omega-3 fats and fibre, which will help keep you regular!
  5. For Vitamin D get some sunlight and enjoy one of our delicious Claudi and Fin lollies, which contain 30% of your recommended vitamin D allowance and use 100% natural ingredients what more can you ask for!

But I need chips! What happens if I can’t eat like this every day?


Don’t stress if you don’t follow this to the letter! This is not about being perfect, it’s just a guideline to help you get an idea of what your body needs and why.  Nobody is going to judge you if you have a slice of cake, it is time to enjoy your pregnancy – your healthy pregnancy! You’re growing a small person inside of you and that’s pretty incredible, so don’t beat yourself up if you fall off the wagon and stumble into a chocolate bar, you don’t have to be a green goddess each and every day of the week!

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The Healthiest Summer Snacks To See You Through August

grape catterpillarSnack time accounts for about 10-15% of kids’ daily calories and because they make up such an important part of a child’s diet, always try to choose healthier snacks over pre-packaged convenience foods. This, however, is easier said than done, as snacks in the supermarket are quick and easy to grab but are often unhealthy and packed with sugar, so being prepared is essential.

We’ve teamed back up with Claudi and Fin who have done the hard work for you and put together some great summer snacks to help keep you and your kids healthy this summer!

Make a grape caterpillar! Grapes are a great healthy snack. They contain a variety of powerful antioxidants which help contribute towards everything from glowing skin to protection from heart disease and free radicals. They also contain slow-release carbohydrates that help balance blood sugar levels, which helps keep you fuller for longer!


Mocktails are a great alternative to fizzy drinks and a much healthier choice! Check out this great recipe for a Virgin Pina Colada on the Claudi and Fin blog, guaranteed to make everyone feel like they’re on holiday! We’ve packed this recipe full of lots of yummy pineapples which are a great source of vitamin C and help aid digestion, we’ve also added coconut milk which is rich in healthy fats and packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals!

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banana popsBanana Pops are super easy to make and make a great afterschool snack! Just slice up your bananas and dip them in a dark chocolate, pop in some toothpicks and then freeze them, simple! Bananas are a versatile and healthy fruit as they are rich in potassium, high in fibre and contain natural antacids which makes them a healing and soothing for upset stomachs.

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fruit slushiesFruit slushies are the ultimate way to keep cool this summer! Try 3 cups of chopped watermelon, one lime, half a cup of ice and then whizz in the blender for a refreshing drink.   Watermelons are rich in beta carotene, vitamin c and assorted antioxidants, so great for your immune system!

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Frozen yoghurt is a great alternative to ice cream as it has a much lower fat content. This obviously depends on the brand of froyo you buy, so make sure you check the nutritional labels, as some products may be lower in fat, but still high in sugar! We’re a little bit  biased (!) frozen yogurt but our range of Greek style frozen yoghurt lollies really are a great choice.  They contain 38% less sugar than the ‘average’ supermarket lolly, are packed with real fruit, made from 100% natural ingredients and enriched with vitamin D for healthy bones.

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  • Stick to low sugar snacks. The government recommends children eat no more than an average of 21g of sugar per day so make sure you save sugar intake for treats!
  • Make sure they stay hydrated! It’s advised that children aged 4-13 years, aim to drink 6-8 glasses of fluid a day,so remember to always have a bottle of water with you.
  • Stay protected by always topping up the suntan lotion (even on cloudy or overcast days). The sun is at it’s strongest between 10-4pm so it’s advisable to stay in the shade at these times.
  • Keep them covered up. Make sure you get a floppy hat with a wide brim that shades their face and neck. Cover your child up in loose cotton clothes, such as an oversized T-shirt with sleeves and protect their eyes with sunglasses that meet the British Standard.

Happy summer everyone!

The Weanagers

One of Britain's WeanagersTo celebrate the launch of Britain’s Weanagers – a new fly on the wall docu-series – we’re giving you the chance below to win one of five new weaning books ‘The First Foods Book’ & some Ella’s Kitchen snacks!

We’ve all heard about the terrible twos, not to mention the testing teenage years, but what about those weanage months? That’s right, weanagers!

But how do you identify a weanager? To help mums and dads recognise this important stage in their little one’s development, parenting expert, Sarah Ockwell-Smith has identified 10 sure-fire signs your child is a fully-fledged weanager:

  1. Your baby won’t let you leave them, ever
  2. Your baby ends up wearing more food than they eat
  3. Your baby loves to empty stuff
  4. Your baby puts EVERYTHING in their mouth
  5. Your baby does a great impression of you
  6. Your baby becomes a big fan of dropping things
  7. Your baby will have a favourite food one week, then go off it the next
  8. Your baby enjoys testing out their new pincer grip, even on you
  9. Your baby starts spontaneously waving hello or goodbye
  10. Your baby makes their mark on the house

Is your little one a weanager?Sarah comments: “The weanage months, from six to twelve months, are a constant series of firsts, exploration and wonder for both the baby and parent – from first foods and first teeth, to first steps and first words. Commonly glossed over in favour of the cute new-born phase and the challenges of ‘the terrible twos’, it’s time this period of development got the recognition it rightly deserves”.

Celebrating weanagers all over the country, Ella’s Kitchen is launching a NEW fly on the wall documentary series, ‘Britain’s Weanagers’. Exploring the exciting and, at times, hilarious weaning journeys of babies, the series stars four families who have all featured in the popular Channel 4’s One Born Every Minute.

Weanagers don't want to leaveMark Cuddigan, Head of Ella’s Kitchen, adds: “We are passionate about helping little ones develop healthy relationships with food and that really starts with the very first tastes. Weaning is a really exciting milestone for little ones and their parents. We created the ‘Britain’s Weanagers’ series to give mums and dads who are about to start weaning a fun insight into what to expect. It really brings to life our view that every baby is different and that there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to weaning. We think the series perfectly captures the reality of weaning in a very charming, yet honest way and hope that we’re able to bring a smile to parents watching it.”

The docu-series is hosted on their YouTube Weaning Channel, which launched earlier this year. To view the episodes search ‘Ella’s Kitchen weaning’ on YouTube.


  1. Your baby won’t let you leave, ever

Separation anxiety is possibly the hardest developmental phase for a weanager, but it is a sign of great parenting and a good indicator that your baby will grow to be happy, confident and independent

  1. Your baby ends up wearing more food than they eat

Research shows it’s super important to let your baby play with their food, babies who do so may be less fussy eaters as they grow. Eating isn’t just about the food that goes into the baby’s mouth though, it’s about the touch and smell too.

  1. Your baby loves to empty stuff

Weanagers spend a lot of time working on their ‘filling and emptying’ skills, whether it’s the laundry basket, toy box or the kitchen cupboard. This habit of theirs actually helps your little one learn about the world, through repeated actions and experiences.

  1. Your baby puts EVERYTHING in their mouth

This is a sign that they are developing their hand/eye coordination, practicing their pincer grip and investigating objects via the most sensory part of their body – their mouth!

  1. Your baby does a great impression of you

You are your baby’s best teacher and babies learn best by imitation. Every minute of the day, they are looking to you to see how to behave…so be sure to set a good example!

  1. Your baby becomes a big fan of dropping things

The desire to drop and throw everything is a common stage in the weanage years. Don’t worry though, your weanager isn’t being naughty; far from it, they’re actually being incredibly clever experimenting with gravity.

  1. Your baby will have a favourite food one week, then go off it the next

We’re all entitled to change our minds, right? Especially if you’re a weanager. During this time, your baby has increasing ways to communicate their preferences, and you’ll soon become familiar with what these are.

  1. Your baby enjoys testing out their new pincer grip, even on youOh no! A Weanager!

Towards the end of the weanage months, your weanager will really start working on that pincer grip of theirs. All of the practice picking up raisins will now come to fruition – just keep an eye on your keys and phone!

  1. Your baby starts spontaneously waving hello or goodbye

Weanagers are social little beings and their communication skills increase by the day – prepare for lots of waving ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’.

  1. Your baby makes their mark on the house

Your baby is becoming increasingly mobile and learns a lot about the world by touching everything. This exploration phase is likely to be marked by tiny sticky handprints collecting over your house, on everything from your TV screen to your light coloured linen.
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The 5 winners will be announced on Twitter and on our Twitter/Blog Winners Page on November 23rd.


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Vitamin D For Starters and Sunshine For Main Course?

Vitamin D-inerA pop-up diner has just launched to help parents top-up their children’s vitamin D intake! A retro American-style dining experience for under-fives, with a serious message at its core, has opened for a limited 3 day period at a London shopping centre (23rd – 25th April).

Designed with children in mind, the Vitamin D-iner (Ha ha!) offers a range of tasty meals rich in the D-licious ‘sunshine vitamin’ to make sure little ones are getting all the ‘sunshine vitamin’ they need.

Summertime may have started, but even when the sun does come out to play it can be difficult to ensure our children are getting enough vitamin D. Therefore, it’s important children get a dietary source all year through.

The Vitamin D Mission

The event follows recent research by the Vitamin D Mission, which highlighted Vitamin D-iner 2UK parents remain unaware of the importance of the vitamin and its sources and as a result, the average toddler is only getting 27% of the vitamin D intake they need[1] to support their healthy growth and development.

Brought to you by the Vitamin D Mission, which aims to eradicate vitamin D deficiency in under-5s; the pop-up restaurant offers a range of delectable dishes including egg-rich ham and cheese quiche, wild salmon fish cakes and strawberries coated in Rice Krispies and chocolate for dessert. As children top-up their diets, parents are served up a smorgasbord of information to help educate them on the importance of dietary vitamin D.

Inspired by a 1950s-style diner, the diner is hosted from a classic Airstream trailer and is kitted out with chequered floors and a vintage jukebox, providing a truly retro feel. Little guests will be kept entertained with colouring-in pages while waiting for their complementary meals.

Vitamin D-iner 3Dr Ellie Cannon, family GP says:

“Vitamin D plays a crucial role, particularly in the early years, to ensure healthy growth and development of children’s bones and teeth. Living in the UK, it can be difficult to get all your vitamin D needs from the sun, and worryingly,  lots of parents are unaware of the other ways to provide their child with this essential vitamin.

“Few natural foods contain vitamin D, so parents need to be educated on the types of foods rich in the vitamin. It’s also worthwhile knowing that everyday foods, like some breakfast cereals, growing up milks and yoghurts are fortified. As a mum myself, I understand children can be fussy, which is why knowing ways to prepare vitamin D rich foods in a tasty way for their little one can be helpful. Parents should also offer daily supplementation from six months to five years, as recommended by the Department of Health.”

Whether you’re after brunch, lunch or dinner, the Vitamin D-iner offers six Vitamin-D-iner-3sittings a day from 23rd – 25th April!

For more information and to take the online test to estimate how much vitamin D your child is getting visit

The Vitamin D Mission is a public health awareness campaign, which aims to eradicate vitamin D deficiency in the UK’s under-5s.

Reasons Under-5s are at Risk of Vitamin D Deficiency

1) The Sun In the UK, our skin isn’t able to make vitamin D from winter sunlight  (November to March) as the sunlight hasn’t got enough UVB (ultraviolet B) radiation.Modern internal lifestyles mean children spend a lot of time indoors during the summer months and when they are playing outdoors many parents are concerned about sun safety, therefore putting lots of sunscreen on them, which makes it even harder to synthesise vitamin D. Just ten to fifteen minutes without sunscreen from 11am to 3pm during the summer months (April to October) can help provide a child with the vitamin D they need.
2) Food Not all children receive a varied diet and foods rich in vitamin D, such as oily fish.Many parents are unaware of the foods that are rich in vitamin D. Natural sources of vitamin D include oily fish, eggs and liver. There are also foods that are fortified in vitamin D, including some breakfast cereals and yoghurts and growing up milks.
3) Supplementation Low uptake of vitamin D supplementation is also a factor. In fact, a report from the Vitamin D Mission reveals fewer than one in five (16%) parents provide their child with a daily vitamin D supplement.A range of supplements are available for children, including easy to use oral sprays and droppers. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin; use an oil-based form where possible.


Fussy Eaters

80% Of UK Parents Say Their Children Are Fussy Eaters!

feeding baby fruitNew research shows that fussy eating habits affect more than 8 in 10 families in the UK! A survey of over 1000 parents illustrates the scale of fussy eating in the UK.
• 90% of parents of fussy eaters say their child’s eating behaviour has a negative impact on their life.
• 69% of parents worry their child is not getting the nutrition they need
• 60% said fussy eating frustrated them
• 27% said that the fussy eating situation led to feelings of anxiety and feeling powerless
• 15% admitted they felt guilty
• 40% of parents with fussy eaters said that their child’s behaviour had turned mealtimes into a time of conflict and created tension with their partner
• Nearly 10% of parents said they can spend between 40 minutes and an hour every mealtime encouraging their child to eat

Tackling the Fussy Eating Problem

baby eatingMums and dads of fussy eaters will bribe children with dessert or sweets, hide vegetables in other foods and threaten to take away treats or fun activities. Netali Levi, a Clinical Psychologist who works with children who are fussy eaters and their parents, says: “Managing mealtimes to make them enjoyable, reducing stress (both yours and the child’s) and understanding your child’s hunger signals are all key to success….You need to find what works for you and your child but generally speaking, by involving them in the process of shopping, cooking and preparing food, gradually introducing new flavours and textures, and rewarding progress, it should be possible for you to navigate this tricky phase and get them back to healthy eating habits.

Abbott Nutrition, who commissioned the study, has developed a new website called, offering practical guidance to parentfussy eaterss to help them get their children back on track with healthy eating. The plan helps parents to:
• Identify and understand their child’s individual habits and hunger signals
• Follow a set meal and snack routine
• Introduce new foods and textures gradually and regularly
• Make mealtimes a positive experience for everyone
• Let their child take some of the control

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Christmas Pudding – Stir Up Sunday 25th November 2012


2012-12-04 16.17.29Stir-up Sunday is traditionally the day for families to make their Christmas pudding, giving it plenty of time for the flavours to develop before Christmas & the last Sunday before Advent.

All the family take a turn to stir the pudding and make a secret wish whilst they stirred. The pudding was always stirred from East to West to represent the journey that the three wise men who visited baby Jesus made. There would also be a sixpence added to the mixture and this custom was believed to bring health and wealth to the lucky finder.

This was all new news to me and my children as I’d never baked a Christmas Pudding until this year. It was all made easier when I bought Emma’s Make a Wish Christmas Pudding by Riverside Lifestyle.

I followed the simple instructions and only needed to add the wet ingredients to the supplied dried mixture. My children and I had officially started a little pre-festive fun. We each took in turns to stir and make a wish and it was so funny to watch my children. One was whispering with the other two warning them that the wish wouldn’t come true if the wish was heard, another closing their eyes and the third just looked at me and smiled. After stirring mine I dropped the sixpence into the mixture. This was also supplied and a lovely touch.

xmaspud91-350x350The pudding was steamed on the hob for 3 hours so make sure you give yourself plenty of time. This pudding is ready to eat or be eaten within two weeks (if covered and refrigerated). As this will be eaten on Christmas Day when my parents join us for lunch I have frozen mine and look forward to tasting and sharing it with my Special Family.

I think this maybe a start of a new tradition in my house now.

Turkey, Bacon and Lentil Soup Recipe

Turkey SoupSomething nice & easy to make with leftover turkey after Christmas….

This lovely, tasty soup serves a family of 4 (ish), only takes minutes really to cook and is delicious served with some nice, crusty bread!

Using canned lentils means there’s no soaking involved and they have a long shelf-life too.  Can’t be bad!


400g can chopped tomatoes
400g can green lentils, drained
125g cooked turkey, shredded into bite size pieces
1 very small onion, finely chopped
4 rashers bacon, finely sliced
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1 carrot, finely diced
1 stick celery, finely diced
1 Tbsp oil
750ml vegetable stock
1 bay leaf

•    Heat the oil in a large pan, then add the onion and fry tilll soft.
•    Add the bacon and continue frying for 3 minutes.
•    Next add the garlic, carrot and celery, then fry for another minute.
•    Add the tomatoes, vegetable stock, bay leaf and lentils, simmer for 10 minutes.
•    When the vegetables are cooked, discard the bay leaf, remove half the soup and liquidise to a smooth consistency.
•    Return the liquidised soup to the pan.
•    Stir in the cooked turkey and heat through, adjusting the consistency of the soup with more stock if necessary.

And for those who are interested, all the nutritional info is below.

Nutrition Information (per serving)
Calories:     258
Protein:     21.7g
Carbs:         19.4g
Sugars:     6.0g
Fat:         10.5g
Sat Fat:     2.9g

Something new for Boxing Day Supper or lunchYummy!