Lizzie King is a mother of three, a nutritional health coach, an author, a graduate of Leith's School Of Cookery and is the founder of Lizzie Loves Healthy. Coming from a big family, who love their food, she has always been surrounded by delicious cooking and she is known for creating tasty and super healthy food for babies, children and families. All her food is gluten and sugar free with dairy alternatives. Here she talks to Detox Health Beauty about nutrition and beauty.
Lizzie's new book Lizzie Loves Healthy Family Food: Delicious And Nutritious Meals You'll All Enjoy is now available to buy from all good bookstores and from Amazon.
Lizzie, how did you become so interested in food and nutrition?
I’m really greedy and it’s in my blood. My family always made food the main point of any day, holiday or event. It was only when I became pregnant I really twigged how crucial what I was putting in my mouth was. I did a nutrition course and was blown away by the impact it had on me and my children - none of them have had a day off school sick touch wood! I just want to share as much of the amazing new knowledge we have on food and health so we can all make tasty, really nutritious food and keep our kids healthy and happy.
Can you give us a fail safe healthy recipe, which your children love?
My Sweet Potato and Spinach Bhajis have been a massive hit on my blog and the first to go into the book. You can make a stack ahead and freeze them too, then pop them in the toaster. All my energy balls are a winner. They live in the freezer and are used for snacks, journeys, late night fridge raids, are delicious and full of good stuff.
Your children’s favourite after school snack?
They definitely go through phases, currently we are motoring through "banana sandwiches” which are sliced bananas with creamy coconut almond butter from Pip & Nut (the best by far) slathered in between. It's an amazing mouthful of toffee deliciousness that takes 2 minutes to make and you usually have it all to hand.
Which chefs do you take your inspiration from?
I’ve always got Ottolenghi to look to as I adore his fresh, vibrant way with food that always has a huge flavour hit but I love my great friend Tommi Miers, who I can watch throwing together a lunch or dinner for any amount of people whilst sipping cocktails and talking about her latest trip to Mexico or her kids.
Do you have a favourite cookbook?
Too many to count - everything by Ottolenghi and Jamie Oliver, The Silver Spoon, that taught my husband to cook from standstill when I was pregnant and ate cornflakes for 2 months and my current fave is the Californian Dream ‘Gjelina’, which was a present from my greatest friend who's now living in LA. It makes me think of cooking with her and her sunny life now.
What’s your favourite kitchen gadget?
My Magimix for saving me so much time chopping, grating, mixing etc. I use it for everything - pancake batter, humous, pesto, fritters… It was a wedding present 11 years ago and is still going strong, so it’s worth the spend.
What’s your beauty routine like?
Routine may be a bit strong! I don’t wear make-up often, so sometimes I crash into bed with just a blob of moisturiser. In saying that, I’m pretty fussy about what I do use - I love the Eve Lom cleanser, which I use with a spritz of something, then a thick moisturiser or oil. And lots of eye cream.
Any can’t live without beauty products?
A pot of thick moisturiser saves me every time. Luxe does a good one.
What’s your favourite skin care brand?
How do you relax as a successful business woman and mother of three children?
In the bath, with loads of epsom salts and some lavender, tea tree or rose oils. It’s the only place in the house and time of day when I don’t have to move when someone shouts! I zone out, read my book, or just fall asleep quite often.
Where’s your favourite place in the world to go on holiday?
My family have been lucky enough to have a farmhouse in the hills in Italy since before I was born. We spent months a year there as children and it’s now my childrens’ favourite place too. Completely isolated, miles up a dirt track, with incredible food growing in the garden, the best view in the world and not another building in sight. It's close to beautiful places like Sienna and Florence, is heaven and we go there twice a year if we can. I always leave feeling lighter and brighter and ready for anything.
What would you choose as your last supper?!
It changes daily but right now it would be pan fried scallops, with pea puree, then some amazing fresh fish like sole with asparagus, really good fries and lots of buttery spinach and to end with, a melting chocolate fondant with fresh strawberries.
Can you tell us about your new book Lizzie Loves Healthy Family Food?
I started collecting recipes as I felt the kids food books around needed a modern update. Taking out the sugar load and adding in lots of delicious proud vegetables, without hiding them or patronising the kids with animal shaped food. The idea is that we can all eat the same, real, whole, delicious meals without slaving for hours, while keeping our kids healthy, happy and interested in food.
Finally, what advice would you give you 16 year old self?
Everyone always says give yourself a break but I was really so laid back at 16 and thought it would all just work out somehow, so I’d say get your head down, work hard and fight for whatever it is you want to do. No matter what anyone says, you can get there.