Making health a family affair
Meet the mum helping families get in the kitchen
GROWING up, Bek Mugridge was always around food.
As a third generation foodie with both a mother and grandmother who worked as chefs, it was almost inevitable that she would grow up to have a passion for cooking and quality food.
Her two daughters, 11-yea-old Lily and 6-year-old Violet, are now doing the same.
The Nambour mother has become an online sensation over the last few years thanks to her book the Pram Diet, in addition to her online presence through blogging, writing and the ‘Healthy, Happy Mums’ movement on Facebook.
After publishing The Pram Diet, Miss Mugridge was catapulted into the spotlight.
She then went on to make appearances on a number of television programs and talk shows as well as being asked to create a series of recipe cards for Maleny IGA and presenting cooking demonstrations.
Miss Mugridge said it was exciting to watch her daughters follow in her passions.
“Cooking has always been in the family...it has always been a big part of our lives,” she said.
“My mum was a chef, and her mum was a chef and ran a restaurant too, and the really exciting thing is Lily is old enough now to really cook with me and she can get so much more involved.
“I grew up around food and always had healthy lunches, but I had a lot of body issues when I was growing up.
“Then when I had daughters I didn’t want them to have those same issues, so I wanted them to get used to healthy food.
“You’re always going to eat and cook so I love working with healthy food and fresh ingredients, and I love putting recipes on (Facebook) to help families come up with ideas.”
In addition to promoting recipes and a healthy lifestyle, Miss Mugridge is also passionate about building up other women and supporting the community.
The single mother said she was inspired to set a positive example for her children.
“I read somewhere once that being a mother, you are the window through which children first view the world, and my mum was such a go-getter and always going the extra mile,” she said.
“I wanted my daughters to grow up and achieve things, and hopefully watching me can help them, and I want to encourage them to be involved in the community and support local wherever possible.
“I meet a lot of women who have lost a bit of spark, or have a great idea but don’t know how to promote themselves, so I have been helping out a bit with their Public Relations.
“Everybody is good at something and sometimes they need a bit of extra support to to it.
“It can be really easy to forget your own dreams or ambitions when you’re a mum.”
To find out more including recipes, lunch ideas, and Bek’s full story, visit the Healthy Happy Mums with Bek Mugridge or Healthy Happy Lunchboxes pages on Facebook.
IN THE KITCHEN: Nambour’s Bek Mugridge has become on online cooking sensation. Bek is pictured in her kitchen with her children Lily,11, Violet, 6, and her mother Valerie Maddin.