We are delighted to share our recent chat with mama Magdalena Roze. Along with being an award winning journalist and meteorologist, she recently wrote an amazing book Happy and Whole. The recipes are made with whole ingredients the your family is sure to love. She shares what a typical day looks like for her along with some tips to ensure your little one is getting enough nutrients.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a mum to my 2 year old Archie with another bub on the way! We made the sea change from Sydney to beautiful Byron Bay about 3 and a half years ago so my partner (who is a chef and restauranteur) could realize him dream of opening a restaurant on a farm. I’m a journalist and meteorologist and presented the news and weather on TV nationally before we moved.
I also have a massive passion for food and I’ve just released my first cook book Happy & Whole where I share my favorite whole food recipes and tips for living a more natural life. So much of this has been inspired by my beautiful home and community in Byron Bay. I also have a food podcast “The Pass” where I interview top chefs and food personalities who take me on a journey to their favorite place. So we get their little black book of the best places to eat and find out what makes them tick throughout the food they eat.
What does a typical day look like for you?
My days can be quite different depending on what work commitments I have on but when but when I’m not traveling or doing something like a photo shoot or podcast recording, a typical day would be waking up at 6am with Archie and having breakfast, then going for a walk up the road to grab a coffee and do the crossword with my partner Darren- this is our nerdy ritual!
A few mornings a week I try and do yoga or the lighthouse walk which is iconic here for it’s natural beauty, incredible sea views, wildlife- and steep hills! It’s not unusual to see whales and dolphins on the walk and it really sets me up for the day.
My primary role is.. mum so I spend most of the morning with Archie and other friends at the farmers market, beach or river before we come home for lunch and his nap. Thankfully he still sleeps for about 2-3 hours so I cram in as much work as possible whether it’s a photo shoot, a TV cross (I’m lucky that the crew come to my home!), emails, interviews, recipe writing etc. When Archie wakes up, we have a snack and go and visit Darren at work in the restaurant. He absolutely loves running into the kitchen and get a go at stirring something with him and then looking at the animals on the farm. Sometimes we stay on for an early dinner or if Darren isn’t working late we’ll go home for an early evening beach walk and swim.
Archie goes to bed around 7.30pm after which I either do some more work, go out on a date night with Darren or chill out on the couch with Netflix! Every day is a little different as we do so many projects and we travel a lot, but when we’re home I try and keep to a rhythm and stay disciplined with working efficiently and fast!
How did your whole foods journey begin?
I think it’s been a gradual evolution and I’m always learning more every day. Eating wholesome food is something that I grew up with. My parents are eastern European so we ate sourdough bread and fermented foods like kraut and kombucha before they were trendy!
I’ve always gravitated towards a simpler, more natural lifestyle but moving to Byron Bay was a game changer. This area renowned for its focus on ethical farming and wellness and I’ve learned so much about food and health from living here. Being surrounded by amazing produce and farms has deepened my connection with the land and food.
What are some of your best tips for insuring our little babes are getting enough nutrients in their daily diet?
Give them as much real, home cooked food as possible that’s unprocessed and free from additives, and try and get your hands on the best quality version of that food so fruits and veggies from farmer’s markets, pasture raised organic meats and dairy, and organic free range eggs.
Try and cook as much as you can, even if it’s just scrambled eggs and pesto it’s better than something from a packet. It’s really quick and easy to make yummy treats like popsicles by simply blending a some fruit like a bit of banana and watermelon and then freezing it moulds (literally takes seconds!).
You can also add bone broth to things like pasta sauces and mash or cook veggies in it (and then drink the liquid after yourself) which is excellent for their gut and immunity. Egg yolks are superfoods and an excellent first food for babies. Boil an egg for about 5 minutes so the white is set and the yolk still runny, then scoop it out and mix it in with their mash. Another beautiful healthy fat is ghee and so delicious in a pumpkin or sweet potato puree.
What is your fave part of being a mama?
It’s very humbling and it’s unearthed a strength and intuition I never knew I had. But the it’s the unconditional love between a mother and child and the adorable things they do that make all the craziness and sleepless nights worth it.
What is something you do for yourself that makes you a better mama?
Only recently now that Archie is a toddler, I’ve started to make more time for myself and prioritize doing a walk or yoga at least twice a week, ideally with a friend and followed by coffee!
What is the greatest lesson you want to teach your little ones?
Be kind to yourself, compassionate to others, respect the environment and back yourself. There is no one like you and that is a beautiful thing.