Mandy Sacher is a paediatric nutritionist, Mum of two and author. She’s passionate about educating, empowering and inspiring families as they undertake their own unique health and wellbeing journey. An expert in child nutrition, Mandy’s philosophy is simple, practical and balanced, with the mission of encouraging long term nutritional health based around whole foods.
Her most recent book Wholesome Child: A Complete Nutrition Guide and Cookbook provides readers with in-depth nutritional knowledge, creative and effective strategies designed to get even the fussiest of eaters to try new foods, as well as over 140 allergy-friendly simple tried and tested family recipes. The book also features an extensive array of practical and helpful meal planners.
We absolutely love Mandy's new cookbook and her family-friendly food philosophy and wanted to find out what this wonder woman's day on a plate looks like!
Mandy's day on a plate
Mornings in our house are absolute mayhem. One of my favourite go-to breakfasts, is my Quick Homemade Granola. This takes me 5 minutes to make (15 minutes cooking time) and I keep it in an airtight container - a nutritious, simple and delicious quick breakfast. Wheat-free and nut-free means it’s also a great addition to the lunchbox. We enjoy this in a variety of different ways. My favourite is layered with yoghurt (or coconut cream) and chopped berries. Get the recipe here!
I’m always looking for new and creative ways to get my little ones to eat more vegetables and genuinely enjoy it. Bliss balls are a particularly popular snack option in our house - with the whole family (husband and myself included) enjoying them weekly - either at home, school or at the office. Our favourite is my recipe for Beetroot Bliss Balls. Packed with vitamin C, fibre and phytonutrients, this is a filling and satisfying snack. They can be kept in the freezer for up to 6 months.
I get my exercise in during my lunch break, between clients. I am very fortunate that a close friend is an incredible Pilates teacher, which means that I am often able to sneak in an extra Pilates session during the week. We are also very blessed to live near the beach. In Summer months, our family often goes for walks along the beach on the weekends.
Today it was 2 Mini Salmon Quiches. I pair these with a large mixed salad and a generous dollop of hummus or tzatziki dip (both recipes are simple, quick and nutritious and feature in Wholesome Child: A Complete Nutrition Guide and Cookbook)
Flaxseed crackers with vegan cashew nut cheese are one of my absolute favourite afternoon snacks. If that’s not on hand I love avocado guacamole – so easy to make! These crackers and dips are simple and quick recipes that I make in bulk. I keep the crackers in an airtight container in my office. They keep well for up to 2 weeks and being gluten-free and nut-free also means that these sometimes travel in lunch boxes too. Get the recipe here!
Lamb koftas served with sweet potato wedges and steamed vegetables is another of my favourite family recipes. Gluten-free, nut-free and dairy-free, this nutritious recipe is also packed with vegetables and has a unique and exciting flavour. The sweet flavour of the dates makes this dinner extra special. I also know that any leftover veggies, I can use in an omelette tomorrow… and the lamb koftas most often end up in my children’s lunchbox the next day and if I’m lucky I can keep a few aside for my lunch too! Get the recipe here!