May 11, 2017

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Global Parents: Ifat Kafry Hindes - Wellness Eating Crusader

Meet Ifat Kafry Hindes - a passionate health food entrepreneur. What started as a personal quest, expanded into her life mission – to create nutritious and delicious meals for all ages. Her latest venture, Project Wellness, offers the learning of health through wellness cooking classes, 'wellness walks', healthy home make overs and she acts as a wellness and health advisor regularly to celebrated chefs, restaurants and companies. Ifat is not easy to categorize – she is an Israeli who was born in Israel but grew up initially in the Caribbean and predominantly in Hong Kong. She is a former model, bar owner, and PR professional, a chef and a photographer. She is also a mother to three young kids who inspire her work everyday. Ifat shares more about her life and family along with 3 nutritious, yummy and super-easy (seriously!) recipes you can make with your kids. 

I'm passionate about food! Through a lot of self learning and life experiences I've learned that whatever you put in you give out ... sometimes, in a weird kind of a way. A couple of months ago I found a research paper I had begun when I was 19 and recovering from having extreme eating disorders. I was convinced that there must be a more natural way to simply be happy. The title of my research paper was, "Food for Mood". It's funny that I had forgotten about that, yet here I am, living and sharing my passion for that exact concept. I find people get scared to change their lives around. Even small adjustments become a difficult task and I'm trying to help people work through that.

I love to eat, but I love to eat right, and whats right for me may not be for you. I stick to three basic rules: 

  1. Always use REAL ingredients  
  2. Manipulate ingredients to work for you (turning avocado into a pudding for example, recipe below!)
  3. Choose ingredients that are as nutrient dense as possible

I'm always craving foods! I love love to eat anything Israeli, being from there. Shakshuka, hummus and labne are so, so good but I also love a good healthier version of mac n' cheese! Oh and home-made ice cream sandwiches are a favourite. 

It's so important that we educate young ones on how to eat healthy. Their life is before them and if they start young, they will hold onto healthy habits for life. Families invite me into their homes to help educate them on how to have a 'healthy lifestyle makeover' so that everyone - young and old - enjoys the food that is being cooked in the house. I am often asked to change the way children in a family eat. I love the challenge, as processed junk creates addicts and the food I teach them to cook contains only real ingredients. 

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Some parents may disagree with our mealtime philosophy, but in my home, the kitchen is the kind of place you can come and have whatever you like. I really believe your body tells you what you need most. All our meals are super easy to prepare so I'm not at all upset if one of my children wants chicken schnitzel with egg fried rice and seaweed and the other wants a grilled egg and cheese toastie on sourdough. Usually, the baby, hubby and I have the same meal and the two older kids have the same as each other. The rules are that it must be easy to make and something we have at home. There is a list on the fridge of the different foods they can have if they don't want the same dinner as us. I'd rather they eat what they like (within reason) then everyone getting frustrated. 

I'd be lying if I said managing work and children is all smooth sailing. I try and juggle it all. It's so important to me to show up everyday for my children. So I take them to school and pick them up. Everything else I work around their schedule so I can be as present as possible. It's hectic but I love it, because we get best of both worlds. 

Check out three of Ifat's quick & easy recipes - all of which your kids can make with you. Great rainy day or any day activity!

AVOCADO CAROB PUDDING

  • 2 Avocados
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup 
  • 1/3 Cup Carob Powder or Raw Chocolate
  • 1/4 Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1/8 Salt 
  • 1/4 Almond Milk

Blend all in a high speed blender, taste and adjust as needed the salt and vanilla (add more or leave as is). Top with a fresh strawberry!

QUICHE MUFFIN STYLE

  • 6 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 1 Zucchini Grated
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Mushrooms or Wilted Spinach (squeeze out excess water)
  • Handful of diced tomatoes
  • Season with salt, pepper and parsley
Mix all together and then put into regular size muffin trays, filling up 2/3 of the way for 30mins on 176c (350f) degrees. Makes between 10-12 muffins.

 

NUZEST PANCAKES 

  • 1 cup of uncooked gluten-free oatmeal
  • 1 Large Ripe Banana
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 Scoops of Nuzest Vanilla Protein Powder (can use other brands if not available)
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
Blend in a high speed blender and use as your pancake batter. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle. Cook until bubbly on top and golden on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook until golden on the bottom, about 2 more minutes. 

Samar Shaheryar
Samar Shaheryar

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Samar Shaheryar is the co-founder of Baby Hero and has worked on global issues affecting women and children for 15 years. She is a mother to three spunky, multi-cultural kids and currently lives in Hong Kong.



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