Donna McLaurin-Smith is one of the faces behind the superfood company MicrOrganics Green Nutritionals, has studied nutrition and is also known as The Green Nutritionist. When she’s not working, Donna can often be found tending to her garden, creating wholefoods feasts in the kitchen or drinking a green smoothie (through one of the little green froggy glass eco-straws she designed)! Meet Donna…
Tell us about your journey, what sparked your passion for the health and wellness industry?
I’ve always been interested in health and wellness, even as a young girl I was fascinated by my mum who was a great cook who taught my sister and I how to whip up a healthy meal with a minimum of fuss. I did a bit of modelling work when I was a teenager and devoured health and beauty sections of the magazines back then. At 21 I was in a serious car accident that left me with lacerations to my face, broken teeth, back pain, knee pain, you name it – I had so many visits and different surgical treatments with doctors, specialists and dentists and vowed to get myself as healthy as possible to heal and avoid a lifetime of medical treatments. A few years later I met my husband and he already worked within the natural health and healing industry, we married and had three children in under 4 years so my focus was on having happy, healthy children. They are now all in their 20’s and are all testaments to a healthy lifestyle!
My husband, Mark and I now work together along with our business partner John with MicrOrganics GREEN NUTRITIONALS and we all genuinely love what we do – developing, creating and marketing the ‘World’s Best Superfoods’.
What’s your number one wellness tip?
My number 1 wellness tip would have to be – add more deeply pigmented foods especially ‘Greens’ to your daily diet – whether that be a fresh vegetable juice or Green Superfood Smoothie with blueberries, raspberries, etc. in the morning, a big colourful salad for lunch, crunchy kale or sweet potato chips for a snack, lots of brightly coloured vegies for dinner and a nice refreshing Green tea in the evening (or even better a glass of red wine) these foods are all so rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, some of the wonderful benefits are well known and some haven’t even been discovered yet!
What’s your one non-negotiable when it comes to your health?
My number one non-negotiable is – I never buy fast food, I believe it’s easier and quicker to cook a simple dish and always have kitchen staples on hand like quinoa, chick-peas, frozen or tinned salmon fillets, fresh eggs, salad ingredients, natural yoghurt, bottled organic pasta sauce etc. then it’s easy to whip up a quick dish even if you are in a hurry and it’s so much healthier. I also try to avoid food packaged in plastic and always choose the glass bottled version as it is much cleaner and safer and does not contain any hormone disrupting chemicals like plastic bottles do that can leach into the food!
What motto do you live by?
I like the saying – ‘Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that’s why it’s called ‘The Present”.
What is your proudest achievement?
Oh gosh there’s so many, being married for over 26 years is one, but I would have to say my proudest achievement is raising three young adults … they’re not quite finished yet as they all still live at home with us while finishing their studies and working part-time… but it’s getting close!
What are your goals for the future?
I would like to complete my ‘Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine’ I studied for my ‘Health Coaching’ certificate with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and my ‘Certificate of Nutrition’ with Nature Care College – so I know I can do it, I have a lot of the knowledge so I’d just love the piece of paper to prove it!
Tell us something not many people know about you?
Most people wouldn’t know I still have glass fragments embedded in my eyes from the car accident – that’s the other amazing thing about glass; it’s inert and can stay there forever if necessary without causing any further problems. – Oh yeh, something else I’m proud of – I designed and had made our gorgeous ‘Little Green Frog Glass straws’ to highlight our love of glass and glass packaging!
Can you share with us one of your favourite recipes?
I just love making Kale chips – so simple and quick.
You need – 1 large bunch of kale, juice of half a lemon, 1 – 2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil.
Strip the leaves from the kale and place in a large bowl.
Drizzle with the lemon juice and oil and massage through the leaves to soften them.
Place on a large baking tray and sprinkle with black pepper, sea-salt, mixed herbs as desired or even Hawaiian Pacifica Spirulina (as I do)!
Bake for 10-15 mins until crisp.
Try not to eat them all before serving to share with others!
Where can we find you?