Charlotte Stirling-Reed, in-house Baby and Child Nutritionist at award-winning children’s food brand, Little Dish shares her expert advice on key food and nutrition related topics such as, fussy eating, healthy snacking, and how to nurture a love for food from an early age. 

Both Little Dish and Charlotte are determined to help parents give their little ones the best possible start on their food journey.  Here Charlotte shares her Top Tips for some of the most common questions parents ask her about feeding babies and young children. 

How to Tackle a Fussy Eating Phase

  • Role modelling: try to eat with your little one often, and eat a wide variety of foods, as they learn what to eat from watching you eat 
  •  Think variety: the more variety you offer, the more they’re likely to accept new tastes and textures
  • Be consistent: establish a routine and try to stick to it 
  • Avoid pressure: this is likely to backfire and put them off trying new foods
  • Make mealtimes fun: the more fun they are, the more little ones will  want to be involved

Healthy Snacking 

  • Have a routine: a structure around meals and snacks means your little one knows when to expect food
  • Think variety: offer a variety of snacks to ensure they have a balance of nutrients throughout the day
  • Tailor snacks to your child: even though the recommendation for children is to have three meals and two or three snacks a day, all children are different so work out what works best for your child 
  • Include all food groups: try making snacks “mini meals”, by offering a carbohydrate food, a portion of veg/fruit, protein/iron rich foods and sometimes some dairy or alternatives.
  • Add extra goodness: make the most of the nutrients offered at snack time with an extra stir of peanut butter or a dollop of yogurt or a sprinkle of milled seeds, for example 

How to Nurture a Love of Food 

  • Eat together: children are more likely to enjoy food if they see you eating and enjoying food with them
  • Let them join in: bring them to the table at an early stage so they get used to sharing meal times with family and friends 
  • Don’t just eat it: get them involved in growing it, cooking it, shopping for it and reading about it
  • Think variety: familiarise them with a wide variety of foods
  • Avoid labelling foods: avoid offering food rewards and labelling foods as ‘good’ and ‘bad’

Introducing Herbs & Spices 

  • Start gradually: to familiarise their taste buds with new flavours
  • Think variety: add plenty of variety to get them used to different flavours from an early age 
  • Use family favourites: get little ones used to the herbs and spices you use regularly in your cooking 
  • Avoid adding salt: instead use herbs and spices to flavour to their meals 
  • Get creative: think about adding a pinch of nutmeg to a cheese sauce, or a pinch or cinnamon to their morning porridge 

Balancing Meals and Portion Sizes

  • Let them lead: look out for ques that they’ve had enough or they’re still hungry 
  • Work together: You decide what they’re going to have to eat, and let them decide how much they want to eat 
  • Offer all food groups: include fruits/vegetables, carbohydrates, protein and iron rich foods, dairy & alternatives
  • Add extra goodness: add an extra stir of nut butter, a dollop of yogurt or a sprinkle of seeds 
  • Have a routine: try to have a structure for meals and snack times

Cooking with Kids

  • Start simple: use two or three ingredient recipes 
  • Involve them often: encourage  kids to help out in the kitchen regularly, e.g whisking eggs, buttering toast or finding the right cooking equipment
  • Prepare: read the recipe first to pick out safe and easy jobs for little helpers
  • Embrace the mess: try to accept there will be both mess and chaos!
  • Have fun: this way they’ll enjoy the experience and want to do it again, and that’s how they’ll learn to cook in the future 

Little Dish’s award-winning recipes are developed with the advice of Charlotte Stirling-Reed, ensuring that parents are able to confidently feed their children a well-balanced meal, containing nothing but natural ingredients and absolutely no additives or preservatives. Little Dish’s delicious, veg-packed  recipes always include at least one, but typically two, of a child’s recommended five-a-day and every dish meets the exacting standards of the 150-strong panel of Tiny Tasters, who taste everything that comes out of the Little Dish Kitchen before it hits shop shelves. 

Charlotte Stirling-Reed is an award-winning, registered Nutritionist and currently hosts regular live Q&A sessions for Little Dish where parents can get advice on all aspects of feeding their babies and young children.  Follow @littledish on Instagram or visit for more information.








We discover more about black female owned skincare and makeup brand, Karamel London’s newest products.

Lashes 8D faux mink | £11 | BUY

Made from soft faux mink (manufactured cruelty-free and vegan friendly), these quality lashes are made to last for many an adventure!

2in1 Lipstick Liner | £22 | BUY 

This amazing combo will help you easily complete the perfect lip shape. Rich in Vitamin E, Castor oil and Carnauba wax, your lips are kept well moisturised.

Pearl Lipgloss |  £11.50 | BUY

The perfect alternative to lipstick, this gloss will leave you with a subtle and elegant glittery base. 

Natural Goddess lipstick matte | £18 | BUY

This brand new nude matte lip gloss collection allows everyone to find their perfect shade. 

Holographic Eyeshadow | £11 | BUY

These dazzling loose powder eyeshadows takes your eye makeup to another realm. Plus, they come packaged in the cutest crystal-shaped pots!

All items are available at

Karamel London is also in store at Inspired by Africa in Boxpark, Shoreditch, Unit 8



On Friday 24th and Saturday 25th September, see the return of Charity Boxing Nights in Manchester, produced by Performance Coach Ric Moylan and local events company, ConnectIn Events.

This well known electrifying event supported by headline sponsor The ANS Group in aid of Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Saint Mary’s Hospital Charity will see over 700 guests in attendance at the luxurious Vermillion Grand Suite.

In 2015 founder Ric Moylan experienced the loss of his niece Soffia Rose, just 12 days old. He has since dedicated his time to helping other children and their families by raising funds through the successful Charity Boxing Nights; this is the fifth year.

ConnectIn Events, run by Penni Pennington and David Ward, are known for their charitable productions and commit to a set number of events to help others every year. They decided to get involved following meeting Performance Coach Ric Moylan by chance and being touched by his inspiring story.

The Charity Boxing Night is supported by many ambassadors, including TV celebrity Catherine Tyldesley, who will be present on the night to offer her support.

“I am so thrilled to be involved with Charity Boxing Nights for the fourth consecutive year. What an awesome weekend it promises to be and what an outstanding event Ric Moylan and ConnectIn Events create each year.” – Catherine Tyldesley


“With the support of ConnectIn events, we will return this year with a bang. Our vision for CBN is to raise at least £1 million for the hospital, and I’m certain that after the disappointment of having to cancel last year, we will bounce back bigger and better than ever.” – Ric Moylan, Founder of Charity Boxing Nights

For more information on Charity Boxing Nights, visit:



Things to Consider If You’re a Fella Looking to Have Filler

Aesthetic practitioners across the board are reporting a rise in men having cosmetic procedures, with some suggesting as much as a 70% rise in enquiries from men. It’s thought to be prompted by the so-called Zoom Boom, where hours of online meetings have meant increased scrutiny of people’s reflection. 

However, if men are looking to invest in some ‘tweakments’ they need to do their research and find the right practitioner and product, warns Dr Martyn King, as he reveals choosing wrongly can lead to feminisation of the male face.

Dr King, Director of the Aesthetic Complications Expert Group (ACE) Cosmedic Skin Clinic and brand ambassador of UTH ( a new brand of dermal filler with some of the lowest toxicity levels on the market, reveals all to us on the rising trend of dermal filler for men…

Have you seen an increase in the number of men attending your clinic for dermal filler?

Although the biggest proportion of those coming to clinic are still ladies, we are seeing more and more men coming through the doors. Just recently I have had a few men who would never have entertained having filler just a year or so ago. And not the kind of very polished, well-groomed man you might expect, we’re seeing real diversity. More builders, mechanics, and those from jobs that I guess you would say were stereotypically quite ‘masculine’.  So, yes, we are seeing a different trend.

Why do you think there has been an uplift in dermal filler for men?

I think it’s being driven by quite a few reasons, obviously we had the lockdown and people have been using Teams and Zoom more. They are looking at their own faces more. I think people are generally quite fed up now so they want something that will make them feel better. Also, I appreciate that certain industries and businesses have really suffered, but your general working person who’s been working throughout and not spending the money on entertainment and holidays and going out, might have a little bit more disposable income and they want to spend it on themselves. 

What are the differences between treating men and women?

There are some big differences in treating men and women. Certainly, with men there are differences in anatomy. They have a different bone structure, they have thicker muscles, they have heavier skin. The shape of the face is completely different too, men are a lot squarer where ladies faces are more rounded with softer features. When you’re doing dermal fillers in men you do really have to take this into account.

It’s probably harder to treat men because if you treat men wrongly you can feminise the face. Ladies’ facial features are more rounded where men are generally more angular and a bit more squared off. Obviously with fillers it’s easier to make somebody appear rounded than it is square.

In ladies you can inject a reasonable volume in a single bolus, so you can do individual injections in one spot. With men you tend to inject more with cannulas so injecting more in threads or lines.

Also, often men don’t mind looking a little bit lined/rough whereas ladies you get a little bit of a line, or a wrinkle and they want it gone and that’s well known in the industry and with celebrities when you look at them. So, with men we’re not trying to get rid of every line and we don’t want to make a male face completely smooth. Even the simplest of things like the nasolabial fold from your nose to your mouth, in a woman you’ll want to make that not completely disappear but a lot softer, whereas with men you do want to give them the odd sharp lines here and there.

Which types of aesthetic treatment are the men you see opting for?

It’s quite often under eye and mid-face that men need from a fillers point of view. There was a little bit of a fashion recently with ladies and jawlines/jowls, but men often aren’t so bad in that area of the face.

The main thing for men is the under-eye area and just beneath the eye because there’s a difference between looking rugged and looking a bit gaunt/drawn. So, if you can just fill that area out so it’s flat rather than sunken that will really help to make the male patient look younger. In a lady you would want that area not flat, but slightly elevated and that’s probably the main difference between men and women for the dermal filler treatment.

What would your advice be to a man looking to get dermal fillers for the first time?

Another reason for the rise in male dermal filler treatments is numbers and accessibility of practitioners and there’s good and bad to that really. There are a lot more people doing injectable treatments, unfortunately a lot more lay people and non-medical people are doing them so my advice to men getting dermal fillers for the first time would be really to go with somebody medical and research the practitioner fully.

When practitioners don’t understand the anatomical structure of the face this is where feminisation can often occur. It can be quite complicated to understand how proportions and angles are different in the male face, as well as underlying muscle structures, so this is where medical training is hugely beneficial.

Finally, another important element in finding the perfect aesthetics is using the right product too. I would ask many questions about the product and why they use that brand and product. Also ask to see before and after images of previous male patients as this will demonstrate their skillset and give further reassurance.


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