This week I’m kicking off a new series on the blog called Mama Monday. Each week I’ll be interviewing mamas from all over the world that love to feed their families healthy, nourishing food. They’ll be sharing their tips for healthy kids, feeding a family on a budget and sharing some of their favourite family recipes.
Kicking it off this week is Kim Williams from Healthy Zest. Kim is a busy mother of 3 and a wellness coach who specialising in coaching busy mums. She has also just released her very first cookbook ‘A Burst of Breaky‘ which is full of mouth-watering, easy and healthy breakfasts for the busy mum, and brings me to this weeks giveaway. Kim has generously decided to give TWO of my readers the chance to win a digital copy of her new cookbook. How rad is that? I’m pretty excited to host my first giveaway at The Nutrition Mama and I hope you’re just as excited to win! I’ll be giving one copy away over on The Nutrition Mama Facebook page and one over on my Instagram page. Head on over to see the details of how to enter.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
My name is Kim Williams, I am a qualified Health and Wellness Coach for Busy mums. I live in country Victoria with my wonderful husband and 3 kids (12, 8 and 5) I run Healthy Zest which offers Wellness Coaching specializing in coaching for busy mums, I am all about finding the health strategies that work for each individual mum, their life and their family. I also recently launched my first cook book Burst of Breaky which is a collection of clean eating breakfast recipes designed especially for the busy woman.
What is your food philosophy?
Good quality healthy food. I’m not about dieting anymore, I enjoy my food clean, healthy and fresh majority of the time but I wont beat myself up if I go out and order what I like or indulge in a glass of my fave wine occasionally.
What do you love most about raising a healthy family and why is it important to you?
Raising a healthy family is extremely important to me because it’s the foundation of life. I know my kids function better at school when they have good healthy brain friendly foods. My littlest boy is extremely sensitive to MSG and this causes HUGE tantrums and meltdowns so food is the key to keeping my family happy and functioning well.
What’s your best tip for getting kids to eat healthy?
My best tip would be getting them to help at the supermarket picking their favourite healthy foods and in the kitchen, its amazing how much they eat when they help source and prepare a meal.
What’s your advice to other mamas on the best way to feed your family healthy food on a budget?
Go back to basics: sometimes we get too caught up in the latest “superfood” we forget that fresh in season fruit and vegetables are budget friendly, and pick a few favourite nuts to buy in bulk instead of lots of little packets.
What’s your favourite thing to do to relax?
Glass of wine, tv and/or a good book with some good quality chocolate is my idea of relaxing.
This week Kim is sharing one of the recipes from A Burst of Breaky, her Brown Rice Breakfast Bowl.
You can find Kim over at her blog, Healthy Zest, on Facebook and Instagram.
- 1/2 cup brown rice
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- In a medium saucepan, add rice, chia seeds, vanilla, cinnamon and milk. Bring to the boil, then cover with a lid and reduce heat to low. Cook 40-45 minutes or until the rice is tender, stirring occasionally.
- In a small dry frying pan, toast the coconut over a medium heat until golden brown. Serve the brown rice with the toasted coconut and maple syrup.
- It is important to check the labels on maple syrup as many contain added extras. An organic maple syrup will only have maple syrup as an ingredient and is a delicious added bonus to this warming dish.