About Me

Mum, Max & Joe

About Me

I am a part of that growing category of modern parents, the older mother. It wasn’t planned that way; it’s just how my life went. As a result I have had the amazing opportunity to have a career and a family; my husband Roy (who will always be older than me ….), Max (10) & Joe (7).

In previous lives I have run businesses doing the most eclectic of things in far reaching corners of the world. Recently we made another life-changing decision and moved to a natural paradise (bar the weather – brrrr), Wellington, New Zealand. Here I continue to spend lots of time and pour a ton of love and energy into my two boys (whether they want me to or not) and have started to give life to my other passion, born through them.

From Humble Beginnings

From day one I set out to feed my boys the best possible diet I could. I was raised this way and so to me it just made sense and I made it a priority.

When my oldest, Max, turned six there was a school birthday party and I was expected to turn up with the treats. This presented a dilemma as, although treats are sometimes acceptable, I don’t think that every social occasion needs to be an additive, sugar and trans-fat fest. Admittedly a bit extreme I know, but it got me searching for healthier alternatives.

As Max’s birthday approached I Googled for “Creative Healthy Treats” and every other moniker I could think of to find an amazing sugar free, yet fun, recipe. I was shocked at how little turned up! In the end I was forced to be independently creative. I carved his name in a watermelon (badly), filled the gaps with berries and other fruits, and stuck candles on a melon platform. Max was delighted and, to my amazement, not one classmate complained about the lack of cake. In fact, most excitedly asked if they could eat it and when I said yes, they did so with gusto. Within 5 minutes there was not a crumb, um, berry left!Max b'day

This experience inspired me on two levels:

1. I realized how few healthy fun food recipes there were.
2.Children are delighted to be presented with an appealing alternative to the standard fare …even if it is “healthy”!

Armed with this information, I started dabbling using healthy foods to create meals that were appetising, nutritious and appealing to children. Over the course of the next few months my theory was proven correct time and time again…and The Art of Nutrition was born!

The Art of Nutrition

Having been a working mother and often having been “single” during the week while my husband travelled, I appreciate the challenges of feeding a family. With two lively boys and a career of my own, I understand how quickly we can all get tired, stressed, and find ourselves out of time.

I also know that not everyone has a kitchen stocked like Jamie Oliver or the creative cooking skills of Donna Hay. In fact, most of us are on a budget and have limited time to shop and cook. To this end, the vast majority of my dishes are achievable by someone like me, the average person, in the average kitchen, within a reasonable time-frame. They also use ingredients that are generally inexpensive and easily obtained.

In a perfect world, I would like nothing better than for every child to love fruit, vegetables, whole grains and a varied selection of healthy dairy and protein offerings. My recipes and designs set out to glorify these fabulous ingredients with a focus on the veggies, and to omit the sugar and, as best as is practical, most of the additives. I am a fan of “real” food and use fresh as often as possible. I’d like to give my heroes – the green stuff – their rightful place in the limelight and in so doing excite all of us to eat with gusto.

I have now catered centrepieces for parties and provided setups for schools, while continuing to fine tune recipes. I recently went back to University to study Medical Nutrition and this has only spurred me on. I hope that through my blog I can share with you some of the things I have learnt along the way and help us all to better understand why something is good for us, not just that it is.

I am new to the whole blogging/website scene, so bear with me while I stumble out of the gate. My obsession with designing fun, nutritious plates is a labour of love and one I have been working on for a few years. I am thrilled to be sharing it all with you!

On one final note I need to pay homage to my mother who, as it turns out, was ahead of her time. She really focused on feeding us a regular diet of veggies, fruits and whole grains thereby setting us up for a healthy life. Thanks Mum for being mean where it counted!

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23 Responses to About Me

  1. Neil says:

    Lovely site – we just need more pics of that lovely food!!

  2. Gail says:

    You sound like a person who is well grounded and full of passion for her family and good food.
    Can’t wait to read more

  3. Tom Magnuson says:

    Brilliant! I knew there was a reason beyond your hotitude and your willingness to give away your books for why I have always found you fascinating.

    Good job, Judith.

  4. Diana Simich says:

    Judes loving the step by step pictures……

  5. Hi. Thank you for your recent email. We like your approach to presenting healthy food. Can you email me to talk about whether we could use your photos/recipes on KidsHealth.org?
    Best,
    Debra Moffitt
    Kids Editor

  6. Stratos says:

    Beautiful and brilliant ideas wow I have trying everyday to make one of you plates just love it Thanks ……

  7. Hannah Cullinane (NZ registered dietitian) says:

    Hi Judith,

    So impressed with what you have done. I remember childhood birthday parties where my mum made fruit jelly cups as a healthier alternative to the usual fare. Your ideas are a whole new level of awesomeness.

    Congratulations on making fruit & veges fun!

  8. Angelika Chaudhry says:

    Hi Judith, Great work! I completely agree with you, I also try to ensure my girls are educated on consuming food to fuel their bodies. In the West we are over fed and under nourished.
    Will steal some ideas from your site.
    Great work.
    Angelika

  9. Preeti Vusirikala says:

    I came across your blog today and absolutely amazed by your creations. So creative, colorful, and simple. Great work Judith! Would visit here often.. Is there a way I could subscribe to email updates of your blog.
    Preeti

  10. Dave Wilson says:

    Hello Judith, I really love your creativity with the veggies! Having just discovered you, I am so happy to share what you are doing on Broc and Cara’s facebook.

    I must apologize! Social Media is not my forte and this morning when I posted my son’s recreation of your Grape Bear I forgot to give you credit for the idea. I did post Grape Bear prior but wanted you to know about this over site.

    Keep up the creativity! Can’t wait for your next post.

    Sincerely, Dave Wilson
    http://www.brocandcara.com
    Canada.

  11. Dakota Style says:

    Hello,
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    In addition to savory flavors, our kernels are gluten free, have 0% cholesterol, zero trans fat, and are rich in antioxidants. Best of all, they are also made in a nut free facility. To learn more, check out: http://www.dakotastyle.com/our-products.

    We would love to send you some free samples of our kernels to try and potentially review on your site. Please let us know which products you’re most interested in trying as well as the best address to send samples to, and we’ll be more than happy to do so.

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  12. Deb Taylor was Robinson says:

    Hi Judith….your old UK school friend here! Amazing to see daily the super things you are creating with fruits and veggies. I agree to pay homage to your mum, as I experienced her wonderful meals when visiting your home after school as kids! Also, I had never ever seen a pepper in my life all those years ago (I was intrigued to see one in your lunchbox for the first time) I am happy to say I give my 8month grandson some of the things you create…his favourite is things carved from cucumber or tomato xx keep going, keep spreading your message and well done you! Xx

    • Judith says:

      Deb, still pushing the peppers 🙂 Glad you can use the website for inspiration – there’s nothing better as a parent or grandparent than delighting the little ones with a fun food plate that they just love and can’t wait to demolish. J xx

  13. Keya says:

    I there! I recently came across your blog and I was so inspired by the way you approach cooking for and feeding you family. I think many new moms need the education that you offer in order to keep their families optimally healthy and I am so grateful for this work you are doing.

    I’m touching base because I am a registered yoga teacher and work with moms. In a nutshell, I use yoga practices to help busy moms find balance in their lives so they don’t burn out and stress out.

    As I’m sure you know, the food we eat (or don’t eat) plays a major role in how we feel and how healthy we are and I recently wrote an article titled “4 Busy Mom Food Rules That Take the Guess Work Out of Eating Healthy” and think your audience would really get a lot of value from the information in it.

    The article is based on lifestyle strategies from yoga traditions that are thousands of years old AND of course my personal experience using those strategies. It offers simple ways for busy moms to navigate all the food/nutrition dogma out there and find a way of eating that is healthy and provides their body with the energy and nutrients it needs.

    If you’d like to share the article with your audience, I’d be happy to send you the link. Just reply to this email and I’ll send it right over!

    Many Blessings,

    Keya

  14. Jacquelyn He says:

    Hi Judith,

    Thank you for sharing your stories on your blog and creating a place where other parents can go to for recipes, inspiration and community.

    My name is Jacquelyn and I’m from Kurbo Health, a mobile health coaching program specially designed for kids, teens, and families.

    I know that as parents, we try our best to raise happy, healthy children. And after reading your posts about your adventures as a mom, I think you might be interested in learning more and potentially blogging about Kurbo as well.

    Here is a recent article about Kurbo from Parents.com’s senior editor: (If you think it’s a good fit, we’d love it if you could share it with your followers on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media outlet you use!)
    http://www.parents.com/blogs/parents-perspective/2015/03/11/news/my-daughter-eats-better-by-following-the-traffic-lights/

    Will you have a few minutes for me to introduce Kurbo to you with more depth? Please also let me know if you are interested in getting more written info. Thanks for your interest!

    Best,
    Jacquelyn He
    Kurbo Health

  15. Farnaz says:

    Hi dear Jacqueline
    My name is farnaz. I’m from Iran and I live in tehran, Iran. Your website is amazing. While I was searching for cute design foods for my son , I couldn’t find any useful pictures and recipes. So I decided to search in other languages. I don’t know how I found your website but when I found, I was so happy . It was full of amazing and healthy foods for kids. it’s great I’m thankful from you. I show some of your recipes to my friends and they love them to . Im sorry because of my bad english grammars !because our native language is Persian.
    At the end , I wish you the best and thanks for your great website.

    Sincerely
    Farnaz
    From iran

    • Judith says:

      Hi Farnaz, what a lovely thing to say (and in excellent English too). Thanks for taking the time to leave a message, it made my day!! Regards, Judith

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