Gabrielle (38) her husband Nicolas live in Edinburgh with their two daughters Eloise (4 ½) and Margaux (2 ½).
What Gabrielle says
Why is healthy eating important to you and your family?
"Having worked in the hospitality and food industry for over 20 years, food has always played a huge role in my life. After becoming a mother, my approach to food changed because when you become a parent, it’s a real journey in terms of learning how to feed your kids well and you’re always making sure that they are getting the right nutrition. As you get older, healthy eating really starts to make an impact on your overall health."
Are your kids fussy eaters?
"I’ve encountered periods of ‘selective eating’, and I have found that managing this is learning to adapt to your kids’ food preferences, to make rational compromises and to pick your battles. Cooking healthy and nutritious food for a child who then refuses to eat it can be incredibly frustrating, but focusing on the positives when they occur and continuing to try new options is essential to building good practices. As I started to make meals for my kids, I realised that there were no shortcuts when it comes to food. As a mum, I am responsible for my kids’ health so I wanted to make sure that they are getting as many vitamins, minerals and healthy foods into their diet as they possibly can. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t some compromises, but like all parents, we try our best."
Do you have any top tips about healthy eating?
"Try to incorporate veg into every meal, not just dinner. I used to assume that my kids would eat most of their vegetable potions at the dinner meal, but if the meal wasn’t a success, I felt they were missing out altogether. So I try to incorporate veg into every meal, including breakfast. For example, she will grate courgette and carrot into pancakes. Pancakes are easy to make, cheap and most kids love pancakes. Plus, it’s an easy way to get your kids eating veg at another time of the day other than dinner time."
What kinds of healthy snacks do you like to give your children?
What is your biggest success when it comes to healthy eating?
"My chocolate courgette cake. Using almond meal and half of the sugar of a normal cake recipe, I grate courgette into this recipe along with chocolate. My daughters love chocolate so this recipe allows for me to make them something sweet while also getting a portion of veg. And because it’s made with almond meal, you can use 50% less sugar in this recipe."
Gabrielle's favourite recipe
"Slow cooker beef. It’s really easy to make and my kids love this recipe. What’s even better is that after a long day at the park or running around town, you can come home and dinner is ready for you to serve when you walk through the door."
If you like the sound of Gabrielle’s slow cooker beef, give our Beef Ratatouille and Rice recipe a go – it feeds a family of 4 for £7 and can be ready in an hour and a half: http://www.eatbetterfeelbetter.co.uk/recipe/beef-ratatouille-and-rice.
Gabrielle's top tip
"Try to incorporate veg into every meal, not just dinner."