INTERVIEW: Mandy Sacher from Wholesome Child

Published: 25th August 2017

We recently chatted with Mandy Sacher, Paediatric Nutritionist and SOS Feeding Consultant and the founder of Wholesome Child and mother of two about her inspiration behind Wholesome Child and how to make birthday party fun and nutritious.

What inspired Wholesome Child?

Wholesome Child was inspired by the birth of my first son, as a first time mum I wanted only the best for my baby. When it came time to introduce solids, I was disappointed at the food choices and advice been given to first time mums, and I realised the journey to junk food began with the first squeezie yoghurt and teething rusks, filled with added sugars. I knew there had to be a better way to feed young children. Wholesome Child is based on nutritious wholefood guidelines in order to give children the very best start in life. It is not an all or nothing approach, rather focuses on encouraging parents to make small simple changes, which go a really long way in improving their family's health and wellbeing.

How can parents make birthday parties healthy but fun?

Parties are a time for celebration and children expect to enjoy sweet food. However, there is no need to go overboard. for example if you are serving a cake, there is no need for fairy bread, cupcakes and cake pops. Children generally fill up on cupcakes, biscuits, chips, chocolate etc at parties. There is no need to fill their take-home goodie bags with lollies. Instead focus on toys, books or arts and crafts.

How can we make healthy eating enjoyable for the whole family?

The aim of the Wholesome Child Nutrition Guide and Cookbook is to make healthy eating fun for the whole family by focusing on family favourites, such as chicken nuggets, chocolate brownies, hamburgers, pizza, cake etc and giving these dishes a healthy overhaul. Getting the whole family involved on the weekend to create a delicious dish is also a fantastic way to ensure that cooking and eating remains a fun pastime. I spend time on the weekend with my kids creating one main meal and one snack for their lunchboxes. Often, we get their friends involved too. They love coming over to cook and bake with us. It gets messy and they put their fingers in everything ... and I love it, that's the aim, kids learn through play and cooking is no different. If we make it fun and enjoyable, and the recipes are delicious, then they will enjoy trying new ingredients. We want to foster a positive attitude and relationship towards healthy food from a young age.

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