Ikea launches healthy new children’s menu to help tackle obesity

Children's meals
Ikea's new range of children's meals

Iconic Swedish brand Ikea has been working with a nutritionist to develop the new kids’ menu

Dinnertimes are a battle for most parents, particularly when your child seems to turn their nose up at every dish you put in front of them.

But in the face of the current childhood obesity crisis, getting our little ones to enjoy a healthy, well-balanced diet has become more important than ever.

This is why Ikea has called in the help of an expert nutritionist to help create their brand new children’s menu, which has been developed to comply with the Government’s recommended guidelines.

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The new menu includes two ranges targeted at under-fours and over-fours, to ensure that each dish is nutritionally balanced for the needs of that age group.

On the under-fours menu, little ones will find a tasty tuna pasta bake and salmon and cod fishcakes, while the over-fours menu features Quorn vegetarian lasagne and meatballs or veggie balls with mash – all packed with the nutrients little ones need to stay healthy.

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Using, sustainably sourced ingredients, the five new dishes also contain no added salt or sugar.

This comes in response to a revelation that nearly a quarter of children in England are obese and overweight by the time they start primary school age five.

This rises to one third by the time they are 11, and on average, overweight and obese children are consuming up to 500 extra calories per day.

“We know how hard it can be to find healthy children’s meals when you’re on the go,” explained Ellie Pniok, Ikea Food Commerciality Manager.

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“So, we’ve developed this new range to ensure kids who are coming in-store are getting nutritional meals that taste delicious and are reasonably priced.”

Do they taste as good as they look? Ikea tested the whole range on a number of families before the launch, and it seems the dishes passed the test with flying colours.

The kids’ meals are available in all UK Ikea stores now, and based on what we’ve heard, perhaps even the fussiest of eaters will be convinced…

Under-fours meals are £2.10, over-fours meals are £2.50.

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