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Abby Soares lives in Torbay and we hear that she is somewhat of a local legend. We have heard she is young, cool and passionate about trying to start a healthy food revolution for kids and families. Abby runs a nutrition business working in her Torbay Clinic ‘Nourish’ and at 'The Connection' Health Centre in Silverdale. She shares advice and recipes with her thousands of followers online. She obviously loves what she does. So Channel’s Aidan Bennett asked her to provide some kids lunch ideas or other delicious recipes for our readers. She loves encouraging others to eat healthily.
AIDAN BENNETT: How did you get so passionate about nutrition?
ABBY SOARES: My Mum Linda became really passionate about growing organic food and using food to improve health when I was a teenager. I have definitely been hugely influenced and inspired by Mum and her passion for nourishing food. She works with me in our Nutrition practise. Her knowledge is amazing.
Becoming a Mum myself was also a hugely pivotal point for me. I have three boys who are 11, 9 and 6 years old. Like all parents I just want them to be happy and healthy.
I was and still am a registered nurse before retraining in Nutrition. I love helping people get well, it is so rewarding.
AB: When did you get serious enough about it to set up your online material?
AS: I started my Facebook page when I decided to open my own nutrition practise three years ago. The response from the community has been amazing. I think people are really starting to want answers around their health now, they are hungry for knowledge and so appreciate having it explained in simple terms. I share my professional knowledge but also just my normal Mum life and how I get my boys to eat what they do, the food we eat as a family and how I manage to stay on track with food whist juggling work, kids, after school activities! People just need simple tips, everyone wants to be healthy, it can just seem so overwhelming at times with our busy lives.
AB: So what does your business involve?
AS: I specialise in digestive health, hormone balance, low immunity and fatigue. I provide a really supportive service, helping my clients make achievable and sustainable changes, teaching them how their bodies work so they can stay healthy long term. We make food and lifestyle changes that fit into family life and look at the family as a whole. I love helping people reclaim their health. It’s such an amazing job.
AB: Tell us about the work you are doing at the local schools with parents and kids?
AS: I have run Nutrition and Health Coaching programs for the teachers in some local schools and have done several in school talks to the kids. I love teaching kids about "the army in their body' their immune system and what their army needs to be strong and healthy. It’s so important that kids learn that nourishing foods from nature make their army stronger and that processed foods damage their army and weaken their immune system. When we understand what food does to our bodies we are so much more committed to eating well.
AB: Any innovative ideas you have to get youngsters to eat healthy food?
AS: Teaching your child to eat well is like teaching them to sleep, its takes many many hours and lots of hard work but it is so so very worth it for their health, learning and behaviour. Often the reason little ones don't want to sit and eat is because they are bored or tired. Reading to your kids at meal times is the best trick ever. It keeps them entertained and calm. Especially at dinner time when they're too tired to eat well, popping them on your lap, giving them a cuddle, reading them a story and helping them eat their food is such a lovely way to connect with your little one, whilst filling up their tummies.
AB: Any special advice for parents?
AS: What we feed our babies and children is one of the biggest gifts we can give them in terms of their overall health and wellbeing. Avoiding processed food and eating wholefoods from nature is essential to building a strong immune system.
85% of our immune system (the one that protects us from bacteria, viruses and food intolerances) is housed in our mucous membranes as good bacteria. Lets think of these good bacteria as the army in our body that protects us. This army beats up any baddies that try to invade our bodies to make us sick. Our army loves greens and veggies. This is their food source. Processed foods (sugar, refined grains, preservatives and colours) kill our goodies, allowing the baddies to get in and make us sick.
Encourage your little one to understand the relationship between a strong immune system and greens. Aim to have veggies and greens at every meal of the day.
AB: Why do you love what you do?
AS: I love empowering others with knowledge to keep themselves well long term. I love seeing their health transform when their body has the right nutrients to heal itself. Is such a privalige to spend time with so many special people and be with them on their journey to health. My job also fits in so well with my family, I can still be the Mum I want to be as well as have a rewarding career, I'm so lucky to have that balance.
AB: Can you share a couple of your special healthy recipes with that Channel readers can try on their kids?
AS: Smoothies are such a great way of getting loads of wonderful nutrients into kids and teenagers of all ages. All you need is a good smoothie maker, some fruit, greens such as kale, spinach or lettuce and water and you are ready to go.
SMOOTHIE 1: Incredible Hulk
This is such a great Smoothie that my kids are loving at the moment.
• 4 feijoa's
• 1 lemon peeled and quartered
• 2 bananas
• 2 handfuls of kale
• 4 dates
• 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
• 750mls of water
• blend and serve with a straw
This smoothie is really great for immunity and energy. Kids drink smoothies so well with a straw so try to get yourself a nice stainless steel one.
SMOOTHIE 2: Choco Banana Berry Blast
• 2 banana's
• 1 cup of berries frozen berries
• 1/4 cup of cashews or 2 tablespoons of chia seeds if nut intolerant
• 1-2 handfuls of spinach, kale or lettuce
• 1 -2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
• 1 teaspoon of honey
• 750 mL of water
• Blend and serve
This Smoothie is great for chocolate lovers, you can up the honey initially to get your kids to drink it and slowly wean that out. It’s a great afternoon tea smoothie to have on the way to sports training. It’s also perfect to have instead of coffee for tired Mama's too!
For more information on Abby Soares nutritional tips, visit: https://www.facebook.com/nourishhealthandnutrition or blog https://nourishholistichealth.wordpress.com
Channel Magazine: Issue 77 June 2017