Other support and resources for HAF
More Help Feeding the Family
Providing a healthy, nutritious meal for your child(ren) on a tight budget can be a challenge for anyone. We have provided some helpful resources below to help with this.
Here are some suggestions to help you.
Full Time meals with Marcus Rashford and Tom Kerridge - Try out these pocket-friendly, easy-peasy recipes for mega-tasty, super-filling, hearty home cooked grub.
BBC Good Food has many recipes that are cheap and wholesome meals for the whole family including step-by-step videos.
Newcastle City Council Public Health Team has compiled tips for feeding children on a budget and how best to make your food shop stretches further.
Some useful links showing UK's general healthy eating guidelines:
The Eatwell Guide shows how much of what we eat overall should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet:.
Healthy eating is important and doesn’t need to be expensive. This food fact sheet will give you some ideas to help you to eat well and keep costs down:
Cooking on a budget - it’s easy to assume it’s more expensive to cook healthy meals from scratch than buy ready meals or takeaways. But we’ve proved that theory wrong time and time again:
Healthy eating for children Food Fact Sheet - Children need regular meals and snacks to get the energy (calories) and goodness or ‘nutrients’ they need for growing and fighting off illness. Children’s nutritional needs change as they get older, so it is important to be aware of these changes. This Food Fact Sheet will help you ensure your child is eating the right food, however old they are.
NHS 20 tips to eat well for less - Can you eat healthily and save money? You bet your bottom dollar you can! Here are some tips to help you have your (low-fat) cake and eat it.
We appreciate that all children are unique, and it may be more challenging to encourage your child to eat if they have specific sensory or dietary needs, here are a list of valuable resources to offer support:
National Autistic Society guide for all audiences - Eating a varied diet is good for your health, but many people struggle to achieve this. Some people with autism have a restricted diet, eating only a limited range of food. Others may over-eat. This guide explores common issues, including pica, and ways you can help. https://www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/topics/behaviour/eating/all-audiences
Food for the Brain Foundation - there is growing evidence that nutrition and lifestyle interventions can be very supportive to children with autism:
ARFID - Avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, more commonly known as ARFID, is a condition characterised by the person avoiding certain foods or types of food, having restricted intake in terms of overall amount eaten, or both:
We understand that it can be difficult to encourage children to eat and try new foods, especially if they are a ‘fussy eater’ or have a food allergy or intolerance.
If you struggle to ensure that your child consumes a well-balanced diet, take a look at these top tips from the NHS around how to cater for ‘fussy eaters’: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/baby/weaning-and-feeding/fussy-eaters/
In addition, if you are struggling to manage your child’s food allergy (e.g., eggs, milk, peanuts, wheat) here are some useful guidelines from the NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/food-allergy/living-with/
Please note that a food allergy is not the same as a food intolerance.
A food allergy is: when the body's immune system reacts unusually to specific foods. Although allergic reactions are often mild, they can be very serious. Symptoms of a food allergy can affect different areas of the body at the same time. Some common symptoms include: an itchy sensation inside the mouth, throat or ears - a raised itchy red rash - swelling of the face, around the eyes, lips, tongue and roof of the mouth – vomiting.
A food intolerance is: when an individual has difficulty digesting certain foods and has an unpleasant physical reaction to them. It causes symptoms, such as bloating and tummy pain, which usually happen a few hours after eating the food. The number of people who believe they have a food intolerance has risen dramatically over recent years, but it's hard to know how many people are truly affected. Many people assume they have a food intolerance when the true cause of their symptoms is something else.
For more information around food intolerances, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/food-intolerance/