Mandy - LPN : Little People Nutrition
Mandy is one very inspiring mama. She has three beautiful children and is a Nutritionist, Food Scientist and Kitchen Mess Maker who is simply passionate about community health, nutrition and food, the beach, the environment, travel and having a giggle. Mandy is the creator of Little People Nutrition and also runs workshops which you can check out on her page.
As a mother, what's an activity you choose for your kids to keep fit?
We are pretty active as a family and have integrated active play and incidental exercise into our family and children’s exercise so it isn’t ‘exercise’ per se. Most days we either walk or bike ride to and from school. We are in our backyard, the beach, playing and running about every other afternoon. And on the weekends we are either boogie boarding at the beach, ocean pools or lake, bushwalking, bike riding or at the park playing. In fact the weekends leave me exhausted by the amount of physical activity we do. The kids sleep well on these days.
If your children could choose dinner, what would it be? What would your healthy choice for dinner be?
They love pesto pasta which I usually make with basil, sunflower seeds (so it is lunchxbox friendly), olive oil, lemon and garlic.
My healthy quick choice is probably also this meal, but with extra baby spinach or green vegetables blitzed in, plus a little chicken.
What's something you think is important towards supporting a child's emotional development ?
Definitely allowing them to express themselves. This is always a work in progress in our home having three little ones around means life is busy but my husband and I make an effort to be there to listen if they want to talk. We also have started trying to have a bit of one on one time with each child every other week or so. And of course the children download to us in the evening at bed time, especially my eldest. We are also learning to talk through problems which arise when the kids are fighting or upset as well to try and understand the real cause as to why they are acting out at each other or at us. I guess this is a long term goal so as to keep dialogue and communication open between us all.
We are also pretty touchy feely. I kiss and hug a lot and my husband is Brazilian so he is also.
I also tell them I love them at least 5 times a day. We say I love you around the world and back again and have even created our own little sign language symbols for it.
We also tell our children that they will never get in trouble if they tell the truth so that they know they can always come to us if they need us.
What's a great fun food tip you use with kids to get them really loving food?
When I used to run cooking classes we would kiss, smell and lick the food we were cooking to feel, experience and hopefully get some trial post cooking. The children thought this was hilarious and it was very cute.
Best parenting tip for Healthy Fit Kids you can pass on?
You are the best role model for your child. Don’t tell them to be healthy, show they how to be healthy. Eat fresh wholesome foods and be active every day.