Family meals and Covid-19

Cabin fever cooking has taken off – a recent survey from Bord Bia shows that 41% of Irish families are eating together with their families more now as a result of the Covid-19 response.

10/06/2020   by Catherine Conlon  

Kids in the Kitchen

Do you remember when you first learned how to prepare food or help in the kitchen?

18/05/2020   by Amanda McCloat  

Lunchboxes - Are you back into the routine?

One other feature of the return to school is the rooting around for a trusty old lunchbox, or the promise of a shiny new coloured box that will be less likely to spill or easier to open.

30/09/2019   by Charmaine McGowan  

How should we talk to teens about supplements?

Joana da Silva has some ideas on how to discuss nutrition and sports with your teens

16/08/2019   by Joana Caldeira Fernandes da Silva  

Old school Hallowe'en

You get an idea, or stumble on to something new or remember an old game and they are all having such a laugh together and you think “This is the best. This is what it's all about”.

31/10/2018   by Colman Kelly  


Halloween, Play, START

See it, want it, buy it, eat it

The survey found that those who spend more than 3 hours online or watching TV each day are more likely to ask for, buy and therefore consume junk food compared to those who spend less than 30 minutes online or watching TV daily.

18/10/2018   by Marian O’Reilly  

How long do you spend on your phone?

Q Radio DJ and TV presenter Stephen Clements chatted to parents Emma, Karen, Andy and Kelly about screens in their homes. The parents have kids of different ages, Andy has grandkids, but many of their experiences were the same, and their own behaviour was the most unregulated!

08/10/2018   by Stephen Clements  

Six steps for lunchbox success

Busy and oft frazzled mum of two, Lillian Murphy says her little ones have as little as five minutes to eat their thoughtfully prepared lunch so she has come some handy tricks to ensure lunches are eaten.

16/08/2018   by Lillian Murphy  

New year, fresh start

January can be tough, but it’s also a time to be hopeful and optimistic, and to think about positive changes you could make as a family to your lifestyle.

22/01/2018   by Aileen McGloin  


Family, Start

Rates of breastfeeding increasing in Ireland

The Institute of Public Health (IPH) have published a new report on breastfeeding on the island of Ireland. The report found that breastfeeding rates are increasing across the island of Ireland.

11/10/2017   by Anne Parle  

Taking folic acid – What does that cost and what does it buy you?

95% of women know they should take folic acid, but a lot of them don’t. Why not? Here’s what they say...

24/11/2016   by Aileen McGloin  

Nuts to Hallowe’en treats

Aileen gets all poetic on us this week and wonders if kids need so many treats at Hallowe’en…

20/10/2016   by Aileen McGloin  

She’s a great eater isn’t she?

I’ve grown up hearing this expression and I’d hazard a guess that most people brought up on the island of Ireland have too -  She’s a great eater isn’t she – the child in question is usually praised for their great appetite and then usually given "a wee bit more" of the food they’ve already finished.

01/09/2016   by Fiona Gilligan  

Our two week journey on treats and no treats

I am Ash Bingham and I have two boys Toby (8) and Cooper (5). Join me on a two week journey. The first week with treats, the second week without.

31/05/2016   by Ash Bingham  


Family, Sugar, Treats

Are treat foods part of how you parent?

How do treat foods, such as crisps, sweets, biscuits, chocolate and sugary drinks feature in your home?

21/04/2016   by Aileen McGloin  

Sugar in Easter Eggs

We don’t want to take the fun out of Easter, but given how many Easter eggs children typically get, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at how much sugar even the smallest of eggs could be packing in their tempting festive shells.

11/03/2016   by Aileen McGloin  


Chocolate, Easter

Parenting challenge - keeping "treats" as treats

Just like every other parent on the island, I find it challenging to limit my child’s intake of "treat" food. My knowledge of healthy eating doesn’t always help, when treats are simply everywhere a child goes.

27/08/2015   by Aileen McGloin  

The difference between pregnancy 1 and pregnancy 2

I have watched with great amusement over the years the difference in my female friends’ and families behaviour during pregnancy number one and subsequent pregnancies. I did a quick survey to ask them the main differences for this blog. Here’s what they said... 

30/07/2015   by Aileen McGloin  

Get that folic acid habit

At safefood, we don’t usually tell people to take supplements. That’s because if you eat healthy, you can generally get all the nutrients you need from food. There is one exception though - that’s folic acid for women who are sexually active and could become pregnant.

23/07/2015   by Aileen McGloin  

Top 10 tips for a better bedtime routine for your kids

You know sleep is important, but maybe it’s even more than you thought. Children who don’t get enough sleep are also at higher risk of becoming overweight later in life. So if you are struggling with your child’s sleep it’s time to make a plan.

30/04/2015   by Aileen McGloin  

A good night’s sleep

The link between lack of sleep and weight was a surprise for many of the parents we spoke with during development of our new "Sleep" campaign. 

19/04/2015   by Ray Dolan  

Eggciting treats ideas for kids this Easter

I have wonderful memories of hunting for chocolate eggs and gobbling them up. Now as a parent, I have been trying to think up ways to avoid my children eating so much chocolate, yet still having those magical moments.


25/03/2015   by Laura Willard  

Help! I’m under attack from a tower of chocolates!

I find myself more than a little annoyed with what’s happening in our supermarkets right now in the lead up to Christmas.

09/12/2014   by Aileen McGloin  

How to use treat foods - (2 of 2)

In this week’s blog, Dr. John Sharry, Parenting Expert, gives his top tips on using treat foods positively and sparingly.

16/10/2014   by John Sharry  

Avoiding unhealthy food treats - (1 of 2)

It can be easy to fall into the trap of using treats as every day foods. This week Dr. John Sharry, psychologist and parenting expert, shares his top tips on how to avoid using unhealthy foods as treats. 


01/10/2014   by John Sharry  

The working poor

16% of adults living in poverty in Ireland have a job – these are the working poor.

30/06/2014   by Victoria O'Dwyer  

Bringing Back Play, one kerb at a time

I was surprised to see other kids on our road playing kerbs a few nights later while one of my neighbours stopped as he drove by and said “I hope you’ve remembered the extra point rule!”

17/04/2014   by Dermot Moriarty  

Making a TV ad about childhood obesity

If you were given responsibility for making a TV advert to raise awareness about childhood obesity and to get parents to do something about it, where would you start?

11/04/2014   by Aileen McGloin  

Treat Free Tuesday

I recently took the survey on the homepage of the main safefood website to see how I am doing as a mum of two girls (aged 7 and 5) in terms of physical activity and food.

31/01/2014   by Sinead McCarthy  

Juice drinks: your questions answered

Nowadays bright, sugary drinks are the ‘norm’. You’ll find a bottle of pop in most houses and diluted squash is the regular drink given to many kids.

06/12/2013   by Marian O’Reilly  

Reducing treats and sugary drinks for kids #asksafefood

A few weeks ago we held a live Q + A chat on Facebook on reducing treats and sugary drinks for children. Those who took part asked some great questions. We would like to thank them and to share some of the key questions. Here they are...

29/11/2013   by Aileen McGloin  

My Sleeping Beauties

Why sleep is important for your child’s health.

04/10/2013   by Emily Kelleher  

A journey in life. And lunchboxes.

So how did back to school go yesterday? Tears? Tantrums? Excitement and joy?

But that’s enough about the parents, how did your child get on?!

30/08/2013   by Dermot Moriarty  

Hello! This is the safefood helpline…

Lillian Murphy, who has taken care of safefood’s helpline calls for the past 10 years, has all the answers to your most common questions…

21/06/2013   by Lillian Murphy  

Who is the biggest waster?

As part of our Food Waste campaign we provided diaries for you to print out and fill in. Here in the office, four of us decided to join in. The results are in…

13/05/2013   by Colman Kelly  

Road(show) to success

I made two resolutions this year…1). Procrastinate less, which I’m hoping to start in October or so, and 2). Exercise more and eat a bit healthier.

01/02/2013   by Niamh Gately  

The Horrors of Trick or Treats!

Last year neither child came home with one piece of fruit or one peanut. Instead they were laden down with chocolates, chewy bars, crisps, candied popcorn and a variety of other high sugar, high fat content 'GOODIES'?

26/10/2012   by Richard Murphy  

Sharing IS caring!

My sister was very quick to remind me that my own Friday night usually starts out with “Can I have two number sixes and a number, a number 17?"

05/10/2012   by Emily Kelleher  

Why learning about food should be child's play

The blog is back! Sorry for missing the post last week. I was speaking at a conference we hosted on Thursday in Cork called "Salt: Hard to Shake" which launched new salt research and showed we're still eating way too much salt in our diets.

08/09/2011   by Colman Kelly  


Campaigns, Salt