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Meet Sarah Moore, from Sarah Moore Wellness.
She's a registered nutritionist, so when it comes to nourishing your body with the right foods, you know you're in good hands with her top notch advice.
And if you're dealing with a fussy toddler, she's got a few tricks up her sleeve that are sure to save a few tantrums. Most likely from you, let's be real.
Whilst she's busy, she's grateful. And with a little one whose smile could light up a room, we can see why.
Tell us a bit about Sarah Moore Wellness, and how your passion for nutrition began.
I have always been interested in food and nutrition and I’m a real foodie at heart. I knew I wanted to work in a profession that helped people but it wasn’t until I was already studying a broader Health Science degree that I knew nutrition was my going to be my gig.
Sarah Moore Wellness is a culmination of a decade of my experience in nutrition working with families to bring about positive lifestyle changes using evidence-based strategies.
So many mums are working incredibly hard to be healthy and are feeling confused and misguided by all the conflicting nutrition ‘noise’ out there.
Sarah Moore Wellness is their ticket to real, practical and effective nutrition advice.
Would you rather a week in Positano or week in Whistler?
With a toddler, Positano. Without, Whistler.
You’ve got four hours to yourself, what do you do with your time?
I’d do the grocery shopping, test a recipe I’ve been thinking about and take some photos without little (or big) fingers trying to steal the food before I’ve finished!
Coffee or tea?
Coffee before lunch and herbal tea in the afternoon.
As a mother to little Willow, have you got any tips for parents who have children that would rather stick needles in their eyes than try something new?
Our goal is to raise healthy eaters who enjoy mealtimes and it’s a long process. Not every meal needs to be perfect. As long as we are consistently offering healthy and nutritious foods and are eating them ourselves, the exposure and role modelling will pay off in the long run. Exposure to a wide variety of vegetables in the younger years is more important than how much gets eaten.
At mealtimes we are only in control of what is offered, when and where. It’s not our job to make them eat. We run into trouble when we forget our boundaries and use pressure.
If you’ve got a fussy eater, offer a small variety of foods at each meal and let the child decide what gets eaten (always have one safe food that the child likes).
Involving them in the shopping, meal planning and prep can help foster a healthy relationship with food. Appreciate baby steps; touching and holding a new food at the supermarket is a big deal. Sniffing, kissing or touching it cooked is another step. Talk about the colour, texture or smell, but stick to facts (yummy is not a fact). At the dinner table, try to talking about something else, don’t mention the food!
If you’re worried that your fussy eater might not be getting enough nutrition from food, have a chat to your GP or health nurse. You could benefit from seeing a nutritionist, dietitian or speech therapist.
What’s your favourite nutrient-rich food that is often over looked?
We get so bombarded with products made from superfoods that it’s easy to overlook normal (boring) fruit and veg that is full of amazing antioxidants too. Your trusty spud, onions, carrots and bananas are full of benefits including fibre, prebiotics, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Never again will I...
I can’t answer this honestly, I’m a terrible repeat offender.
What’s your current state of mind?
Busy but grateful.
If you could invite any five people to a dinner party you’re hosting, who would they be?
I would invite my family from overseas. My parents live locally, but my extended family live in the UK. As a mother, seeing my little girls’ face light up surrounded by the people she loves is the most precious gift.
Kid friendly Meatballs
By Sarah Moore Wellness
2 cups finely grated vegetables
(eg. ¼ onion, ½ capsicum, 6 mushrooms, and ½ a zucchini)
2 cloves garlic
250g lean beef mince
2 teaspoons dried Italian herbs
Preheat oven to 180C and line a large baking tray with aluminium foil.
Squeeze the water out of the vegetables and garlic by putting it in a sieve over a bowl and pushing down firmly. Getting out as much moisture now will stop the meatballs from falling apart.
Add the vegetables, mince, and dried herbs to a large bowl. Use your hands to thoroughly combine the ingredients into a big ball.
Use a spoon to measure and your hands to roll the mixture into evenly sized balls. A teaspoon will make 36 mini balls for toddlers or lunchbox snacks. A dessert spoon will make 18 large meal sized balls.
Place meatballs on a lined tray and bake for 10 minutes for mini and 15 minutes for large. To test they are cooked, split a ball in half and it should be brown throughout with no pink.
For more recipes like this, be sure to check out sarahmoorewellness.com.au/recipes