This week’s guest is the lovely Therese Kerr. The very proud mother of Miranda and Matthew Kerr, Therese is an author, speaker and ambassador for holistic family health, as well as General Manager of KORA Organics by Miranda Kerr.
In 2012, Therese co-authored and launched her first e-book with Jennifer Barham-Floreani and Chef Kate McAloon called “Lunchbox Solutions” and will be releasing another four books by the end of 2013.
Therese shares more about herself and her family along with some lovely affirmations below. Also check out her delicious recipe for Quinoa Pilaf.
Have you always lived a healthy lifestyle? If not, what was the turning point for you?
I have always, or rather thought I had always been really healthy. In 2002, my body, after giving me signs which I chose to ignore, developed tumours in my spleen. That was a turning point in my life. Going through an experience like that is such a highly personal experience, I have never felt so alone, although I had the support of my family and friends, it was an extremely personal battle that I had to endure myself. The insight into my body, spirituality and life itself was incredible at this time. I nurtured my body to wellness, after having a splenectomy (my spleen removed) and have since lived an organically rich life – living and breathing all things healthy.
What does your daily beauty routine entail?
I use the KORA Organics certified organic products (naturally) as I know the extent of the work that went into the development of these products. Miranda is, like me, a health nut – predominantly brought on by my illness. The KORA Organics products are making a huge difference to people’s skin and also their lives. They are incredibly highly nutritious, anti-oxidant rich, power packed nutrition. Everyday I cleanse, tone and moisturise (morning) and of an evening I do the same but I add in the Luxurious Rosehip Oil. I also use the Recovery Eye Gel morning and night and I also use the mask twice a week and the exfoliating (to remove the dead skin cells) three times a week. I had Rosacea in 1999 and my Rosacea disappeared within 10 days of using the KORA Organics products.
As a mother, what were some health tips you passed on to your children?
- Only eat healthy oils
- Only drink filtered water (at least 2 litres a day)
- Always eat plenty of greens and alkalising foods
- Treat your body with respect, take time out to nurture it and to appreciate it fully, giving it adequate rest (including enough sleep), exercise and don’t stress – stress is something that will cause you to age prematurely.
What advice or tips do you have for parents who have children that are fussy eaters, to try and get them to enjoy healthy food?
As Jen Floreani says and as we point out in our book: “Lunchbox Solutions” – one thing that should not be flexible on is providing an adequate diet for our family. Our children’s health depends upon our stand in providing them with the adequate nutrition their bodies need to grow big and strong. We say elect “Food Captain” and we recommend that you enrol your children by including them in making healthy choices and preparing healthy meals. Education with our children is the key to them having healthy bodies and minds, and to them being the best they can be in all things.
I know that affirmations play a big part in you and your family’s life, which I love! What are 5 of your favourite affirmations?
“In every breath I take, I live my life passionately”
“I am the creator and master of my universe. I live from the point of view of gratitude every day and the universe provides me with abundance in all things”
“I am the possibility of compassion, understanding, power and love”
“I am surrounded by the people I love, I am supported by the universe and I create my life daily”
“I am a loving, giving, compassionate human being and I make a different to this world, and I love the difference I make”
Your new ebook Lunchbox Solutions – co-authored by Dr Jenn and Chef Kate has the most delicious recipes in it. Where does your inspiration come from when you are thinking up new recipes?
Without a doubt when I create new recipes I am interested in firstly, ensuring the recipes supply the body with incredible, antioxidant-rich nutrition that nurtures and supports the body. There is a big difference between diet and nutrition and I talk about this in my new soon to be released book “Live Loving Life”. Diet is the food we actually consume, and nutrition, on the other hand, is the nutrients absorbed from the food we eat. To me, as parents we have a responsibility to provide our children with highly nutritious food and the only way we can do this is if we educate ourselves. In todays society there are so many chemicals and additives in our foods, the incidence of Autism, A.D.D, A.D.H.D and the like as well as childhood obesity and other childhood illnesses are becoming so apparent and I believe this is predominately because of the lack of nutrition in the foods we give our children and ourselves. Personally I always try to eat certified organic, healthy foods that support my body, my mind and my overall general wellbeing.
What new and exciting things do you have planned for the future?
We are releasing “Breakfast Solutions” in the very near future. Our goal in doing so if for parents to provide not only themselves but their children with a nutrient-rich breakfast that will sustain and support their bodies. When we give our bodies the nutrients it needs we have higher energy levels, better concentration and get to experience the general wellbeing feeling of being alive and lit up by life.
What delicious recipe would you like to share with us today?
Quinoa Pilaf with Coconut Sultanas and Lime
This nutty crunchy pilaf has a delightful exotic twist full of tropical flavors and nutrition. It’s wonderful served as a side dish with curries too instead of rice.
The veggies in this recipe are a guideline you can add others if you like. I usually make a large batch of quinoa at the beginning of the week to use in recipes all week long. It’s great in soups, on salads, and in this recipe and save prep time cause it’s already in your fridge. You can also freeze quinoa to use later too.
NOTE: Quinoa cooking instructions are included below.
MAKES: 5 generous cups
PREP TIME: 15 – 20 minutes
COOKING TIME: 15 minutes (add 20 minutes if cooking quinoa)
4 cups cooked quinoa (assorted colors/types of quinoa look and taste great)
2 – 3 tbsp coconut or olive oil
½ cup finely chopped onion
½ cup finely chopped red onion
¼ cup finely chopped capsicum
4 tbsp finely chopped parsley
4 tbsp finely chopped mint
¼ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
½ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup raisins or sultanas
1 – 2 tbsp honey or agave (optional)
Juice of 1 lime
¼ tsp lime zest
1 tsp sea salt
1. In a large sauté pan/frying pan
heat the oil over medium high heat for about 1 minute. Add the veggies and cook while stirring for 2 – 3 minutes or until the veggies begin to become tender.
2. Then add the coconut, pumpkin seeds, and raisins and continue to cooking while stirring for 2 minutes. Add the cooked quinoa, honey, lime juice and zest. Reduce heat to medium and cook while stirring until the quinoa is heated through. You may need to add a little more oil or a little water while you are cooking so it does not stick or burn.
3. Check for seasonings and add a little more salt, pepper and lime juice if desired. Serve hot or chilled.
To Cook Quinoa:
NOTE: Quinoa has a protective coating so you must rinse it well in water first and drain before using.
I do a two to one ratio; 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of water and a little salt. (1 cup uncooked quinoa with 2 cups water make 2 cups cooked quinoa and for this recipe use 2 cups uncooked to 4 cups water to make 4 cups cooked quinoa).
Add the rinsed quinoa to the water and bring to a boil and cook for about 7 – 10 minutes.
Then reduce the heat and continue cooking for about 3 – 5 more minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed.
Cooking Tip: I then remove the pan from the heat and cover the pan with a couple of paper towels and put the lid back on and leave for about 10 minutes. This step helps to make the quinoa or other grains light and fluffy. You can also cook quinoa in a rice cooker just like rice.