Welcome to another week of Mama Monday where I introduce you to mamas from all over the world that are passionate about feeding their families healthy, nutritious food. They’ll be talking all about their top tips for healthy family food on a budget.
This week I’d like to introduce you to Louisa Larado from Happiness Starts Here, a life coach in training and mama to two beautiful girls. I first came across Louisa over on Facebook and I really resonated with not only her passion to lead a healthy life but also her message about looking after ourselves as mothers and the importance of still making time to spend by ourselves doing things we enjoy.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family
I am a happy mum of two young girls, aged three and five, and am on a mission to live my best life. I am passionate about all things to do with health, wellbeing and the Law of Attraction and love learning new things and sharing this information with others. I am also a big fan of setting goals and watching my dreams become a reality. In my pre kids life I was a primary school teacher but I have spent the last five years at home enjoying watching my children grow. Now I am ready to start a new chapter in my life and am currently studying life coaching, with Sandy Forster’s Inspired Spirit Coaching Academy. Helping others fills me with so much joy so I am really looking forward to seeing where this journey takes me.
What is your food philosophy?
Almost two years ago I made a huge change in my lifestyle. After reading Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar, I completely overhauled my diet, favouring low fructose whole foods, rather than the sugar laden processed foods I had been eating my whole life. After seeing such positive changes in my energy and my happiness levels with making better food choices, I slowly began to change other aspects of my life, like adding yoga and meditation and being more mindful in my day. This holistic approach means I get so much more out of my life. The best thing is eating this way isn’t something you do for a few weeks to lose weight. It is such an enjoyable way to eat that makes me feel great and full of energy and it doesn’t make me feel like I am missing out on any of the sugary treats I use to eat daily.
So my food philosophy for myself and my family right now is to eat healthy most of the time. Eating whole foods is my top priority. We try and stay away from gluten, but haven’t completely removed it from our diets. We eat lots of Paleo meals. Definitely low fructose. But having treats now and then or the odd takeaway pizza is also part of our way of eating. I am definitely not about denying myself or my family of foods that we enjoy.
What do you love most about raising a healthy family and why is it important to you?
I love the fact my girls are so knowledgeable about good food choices already. I feel happy knowing that I know exactly what is in the products my family is eating most of the time. I feel like I am setting my family up for good health in their future. It is so important for me to educate and inform my girls as well as leading by example so they can actually see the reason behind making healthy choices.
What’s your best tip for getting kids to eat healthy?
Get them involved in the whole process. From planning the meals, coming shopping with me to getting the ingredients and preparing the meal with me. It makes it more fun. I also make sure I always eat the foods I want them to eat so I can lead by example. But if all else fails, which it does quite often when one the girls decided to go through a fussy phase, I use my Thermomix to hide veggies in whatever it is they will eat. I am huge in sneaking veggies into EVERYTHING. My friends often joke with me when they come round for dinner, about all the extra veggies they are eating. And my other secret weapon is Superfood for Kidz Vital Veggie Powder.
What’s your advice to other mamas on the best way to feed your family healthy food on a budget?
Recipe plan! This is the best time saving and money saving tip. I always do a weekly meal plan based on what I already have in my house that needs to be used up, and what vegies are in season. I then write a shopping list of the other ingredients I need and stick to this list. I also love leftovers and often eat leftovers for breakfast or lunch. Also I love buying in bulk when I see something on special. I have a big freezer so freeze any bulk meat I have purchased once I have divided it up into smaller portions. Also, when meal planning, I see if there are any meals I can make a double batch of. This not only saves money but saves so much time, because I always have backup meals in the freezer. This stops those last minute fast food runs when we are too busy or can’t be bothered cooking dinner.
What’s your favourite thing to do to relax?
Reading. I could happily spend my days buried in books. I love learning new things so lots of the books I am reading at the moment are personal growth and self-development books which are just so inspiring. There is so much information out there and each day is an opportunity to learn something new.
This week Louisa is sharing her recipe for her Super Greens & Quinoa Frittata.
My super greens and quinoa frittata is a great easy recipe, suitable for the whole family. If your kids are a bit picky with the green veggies, then I recommend processing them up finely before adding them to the mixture.
- 20g coconut oil
- 1 onion (diced)
- 8 eggs
- 1/3 cup cream
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
- handful spinach
- handful kale
- 1 zucchini (grated)
- 100g smoked salmon (optional)
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 50g feta cheese (crumbled)
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for 3-5 mins until soft.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, cream and parmesan. Stir in the remaining ingredients, except for the feta.
- Pour mixture into an oven proof dish and top with feta.
- Cook in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove and place in a grill on a medium heat for a further 5 – 10 minutes until firm and browned.
- Serve immediately. Refrigerate any leftovers.
Where can we find out more about you?