Nutritional Health Coach and mum-of-three Lizzie lives in west London with her husband and three children, Jethro, nine, Calypso, seven, and Phoenix, three. She shares her brilliant gluten, dairy and sugar-free family recipes daily on her hugely popular Insta feed and runs regular cookery courses to help parents and nannies get more of the good stuff into their little ones. Lizzie's book, 'Lizzie Loves Healthy Family Food', is available to order now and to celebrate, we've nabbed this cracking chocolate cloud cake recipe from the book for you to try. You can also follow Lizzie on Instagram.
Q&A: Lizzie King
Congratulations on your book, Lizzie - your followers have been waiting for launch day for a long time. What was it like to write?
It was really fun getting the recipes together, the main problem was culling, as I had stockpiled a massive amount over the years. Only the best were allowed in – favourites of my kids, my friends and mine. My children have tried everything in here many times including on the shoot when they had to eat non-stop for hours, and were very obliging. They especially love the fish and chips, spaghetti vongole, sweetcorn fritters and all the cakes and treats.
What's your best 10-minute meal for a hectic school night?
My chickpea pancakes (pictured, left) take minutes to make and you can put anything you have to hand inside. They make a delicious wrap, which all kids seem to love. They're in the book and one of the most popular recipes on my site.
What ingredients do you always have on standby for kids' teas?
I have cupboards full of staples so there's always something to whip together in a flash. Nuts and seeds, couscous, pasta, frozen peas and tins of tomatoes are life-savers.
What’s your best tip for getting kids to eat the good stuff?
Make it delicious and something you’d like to eat and don’t do options, extra meals or alternatives.
What’s the most surprising thing your kids like to eat?
I'm permanently surprised by stuff they go wild for; clams, olives, lemon peel – and they all like Champagne!
What’s your best bit of kitchen kit?
What’s your favourite beauty product for tired mums?
Epsom Bath Salts are an immediate win for recharging and restoring and I wouldn’t survive without my evening soak, but if you want to look like you’ve had eight hours' sleep, Topshop’s Glow Pots are amazing for giving your whole face a pick-me-up.
What’s your favourite kids' book?
One that we read when we were tiny, the Australian story Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs, the adventures of two adorable bush babies. A proper story with beautiful illustrations that everyone wants to keep going back to.
What’s your favourite kids’ retailer?
I get all my kids' stuff from a one-stop-shop like Mothercare or John Lewis but for beautiful things for special occasions I'm a huge fan of Wild and Gorgeous – I walked past their shop near us pushing buggies for a long time and there was always something in the window that someone wanted.
Where can I buy a little gift for myself or another mum?
Two genius mums set up a fabulous business together, Fraser and Parsley, where you can get the most beautiful bespoke stationery, pretty gifts, handy kitchen stamps, phone cases and more. My freezer was a chaotic hit-and-miss zone before I started using their labels with my own stamp on – such a lovely touch.