Happy Healthy Families Series: With Paola Espinel of Be Wise Be Healthy

 

Today I am interviewing Paola Espinel of Be Wise, Be Healthy as the first of a 2 part series Happy, Healthy Families.

She has kindly offered to give us a favourite recipe of hers as well as share some great nutritional advice for growing families….

You can also find out more about Paola at the end of this blog post…..

 

Tell me about your family?

I live with my husband, we are both from Colombia but met here in Sydney.

We’ve been married for 10 years and have two precious daughters aged 4 and 1 years old.

Living far from family and our home country hasn’t been easy, especially after the girls were born.

What does health and wellness mean to you?

Health is our natural state of being. An expression of energy, joy and peace of mind.

I believe the daily choices and small decisions we make every day determine our health and wellness of tomorrow.

I am an advocate of making the ‘wise’ choices that are best to nourish our body, mind and spirit by being true to our inner voice.

What is the hardest thing you find in keeping your family/kids eating healthy foods?

My girls don’t eat fresh salads and they are refusing vegetables.

How do you deal with it?

  • We drink green smoothies every morning and we rotate greens such as kale, baby spinach, bok choy and celery tops.
  • We often cook kale chips in the oven and it is always a hit!
  • I prepare my homemade pasta sauce with onion, carrots, tomatoes and zucchinis
  • We eat lots of homemade vegetable soups in winter. My favourite now is leek + broccoli +zucchini + potato.

What advice would you give to another Mum if she just wanted to change one thing to become a healthier household?

Please don’t give junk food as A REWARD. Children get confused and it CONTRADICTS messages about good nutrition. You can read a full blog post on this here.

What is your non-negotiable when it comes to keeping your family healthy?

We limit the junk food at home. We tend to bake our own biscuits, muesli bars and cakes using healthier ingredients.

We also limit ourselves to drink only water. No juices or soft drinks are allowed at home. If you have unhealthy options handy it is very easy to overeat and indulge!

Do you have an easy family friendly recipe to share?

I love drinking my muesli.  The idea came up when I was weaning my oldest girl 4 years ago and she started on puree foods. One day I blended apple, banana and untoasted muesli for her but ended up drinking it myself. Since then, I am addicted to drinking this smoothie. Sometimes I prefer to have it as a creamy puree with a spoon. It depends how I feel on the day, I simply adjust the amount of water.  

The best part is that it has become a regular snack, usually for afternoon tea for my girls! They asked for it. They love the sweet and creamy texture, they get full and I am happy to know they are consuming good fibre, energy and natural sweets.

Apple & banana oatmeal smoothie

(2 serves)

1 cup of rolled oats / untoasted muesli

1 apple, cut in small pieces

1 banana, cut in small pieces

2 teaspoons of chia seeds

bunch of walnuts and almonds

¼ cup shredded coconut

1 cup of filtered chilled water (you can also use almond milk or milk)

1 cup of ice cubes

Instructions

Mix all ingredients and blend for 1 minute or 2.

Serve immediately or freeze for later.

 

If you freeze, do so in ice cube trays. Then you can just pop out what you need in the morning!

 

You can adjust consistency by adding more or less liquid. I like it creamy and sometimes enjoy with a spoon, other days I make it runnier and drink it with a straw

 
Paola Espinel is a Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach at Be Wise Be Healthy. As a mother of two young girls, her mission is to empower mums of young children to reconnect with their inner wisdom, develop new skills and love themselves truly so they can thrive in life, experience abundant health and become great role models for their love ones. Download today a copy of her eBook The H.E.A.L.I.N.G. Formula: Essential Nourishment for Every Mama’s Body & Soul. Visit her website for more inspiration, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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