The Early Years - pre-school and reception – 90 mins

The early years are when our children’s food tastes and preferences are determined. Whilst this is also when young children exert the greatest emotional response to foods, exposure to a diverse range of foods is extremely important. This talk helps parents to understand what the nutritional needs of their children at this age are and how those needs can be met through a varied diet. You’ll learn ways to expose young children to different tastes and textures through fun and interactive involvement with food. Jenny will explain how to tackle the issues of food refusal and picky eating behaviours. She has a wealth of experience of working with children of this age group and during this talk will make your role as parents of young children easier as you try to manage the nutritional needs of your developing child without stress and tantrums!   

  • Developing tastes for a diverse range of flavours and textures
  • Suitable meals, snacks and drinks for children age 1-5
  • How to turn your child into an adventurous eater
  • Food stories that make healthy eating fun

Developing Palates - ages 6-10 yrs – 90 mins

As children move into the school environment so their tastes and preferences are influenced by their peers and the wider environment around them. They also become more aware of food advertising, marketing and branding. They may start to attend parties, sleepovers and events without parents where they must make their own food choices. This is a critical age to help children make the best decisions based on the choices available to them. It’s also an opportunity to ensure they understand the power of food marketers as well as their peers. Picky eating may well continue into this age group so this talk will address this alongside the nutritional needs of children in this age group and how to meet their needs in ways that appeal to this age group.

  • Picky eating behaviours addressed
  • Making children aware of the power of food adverts and their peers
  • Understanding what makes some foods better choices than other?
  • Nutritional needs and which foods may be missing from their diet
  • Suitable meals, snacks and drinks for children age 6-10

The Tween Years - ages 9-13 yrs – 90 mins

At this stage in a child’s development they have quite specific nutritional needs. Children are entering puberty younger now than ever before so may have very different nutritional requirements from just a few years before. Throughout this period a lot is changing in your child’s environment. They may start to experience exam pressure and set about focussing more seriously on academic achievement. If they’re active they may be involved in activities, late into the evenings, on an almost daily basis and this puts strain on the body and the immune system. This talk addresses the changing nutritional needs of this age group.

  • Nutritional strategies for growth spurts and hormone changes
  • Food and mood – how choices can promote or alleviate stress and anxiety
  • How to make children aware of better choices
  • Suitable meals, snacks and drinks for children age 9-13

Teens and Twenties – 13-early 20’s – 90 mins

Teens and twenties can be a tough time for both parents and children. All food decisions outside of the home and many inside are made by the teenager or the twenty-something.  Ensuring the relationship with food is healthy is of prime importance and that comes down to how we talk about food but also how it is enjoyed. Creating opportunities for teens/twenties to make better choices and even providing some recipe cards so they can cook/prepare their own meals sometimes too is one of the outcomes of this talk. Furthermore, there are some specific health areas that may be of interest to teens such as body image, skin health, mood. These areas are covered as part of this comprehensive talk.

  • Skin, hair and nail health
  • Hormones and growth
  • Stress, anxiety, sleep and food
  • Body image
  • Suitable meals, snacks and drinks for 13-20-somethings.

Sports Nutrition – 90 mins

Designed for both individual and team sports people, this talk focuses in on nutritional balance of meals and snacks in relation to training and competitions. Jenny has worked with many international athletes in sporting disciplines as diverse as fencing and skiing. Many young athletes know a little about macronutrients such as protein and carbohydrates but not enough about micronutrients. Knowing more about sports nutrition can improve recovery, performance and reduce likelihood of injury and illness at critical times in the season.

  • The role of carbohydrate, protein and fat in sports nutrition
  • The role of micronutrients in recover, immunity and performance
  • Understanding hydration and refuelling strategies before, during and after sport
  • Preparing for competition – your personal nutritional strategy
  • Suitable meals, snacks and drinks for sportspeople