When Bonnie and Stevie were babies, Jess began studying nutrition. With a passion for wellness and burgeoning expertise in women’s nutritional health, she quickly noticed that many mothers weren’t prioritising their diets because they were time-poor, and were suffering because of it.
“No matter how many supplement pills you take, if your diet isn’t well-balanced and nutritious, you are always going to feel depleted and low on energy,” Jess says.
“Falling pregnant is just the beginning of a whole new journey and a time when mothers need to feel most empowered. If women aren’t being empowered and supported when they are new mothers, what hope does that provide for the rest of their journey ahead?”
Jess’s passion for sourcing the best quality foods and marrying flavours meant she could properly nourish her body during and after her pregnancy. To avoid nutritional depletion, her advice for mothers is to have a well-rounded, enjoyable meal.
“If you feel good after eating, you know it’s full of the right stuff!” she says. “And eat greens with breaky! We sauté kale and broccoli in some olive oil in the morning – it’s very easy, delicious, and sets you up for the day.”
Jess also recommends that women have a blood test every six to twelve months after giving birth, despite how well they feel. “I learned that you're supposed to leave a three-year gap between babies because that’s how long it takes to feel completely normalised in your hormones,” she says.
Jess’s expertise in nutrition and experience nourishing herself during pregnancy sparked an idea: she wanted to “create something that was accessible, empowering and supportive to mothers”.
The seed of an idea evolved organically into a business, Made for Mothers – handcrafted broths made from organic produce and packed to the brim with nutrients. Each jar of broth is lovingly made with nature’s finest botanicals and plant foods – an elixir that promises to rebuild and replenish.
Jess soft-launched MFM before her youngest, Bonnie, started school. Once both girls were at school full-time, she moved into her commercial kitchen where things really took off.
“It was a very easy process for me as I had been making these recipes for so long and family and friends loved them, so it very much just felt like a natural progression,” she explains.
If she had to choose, Jess’s favourite MFM broth is the Immune Chicken Broth. “I feel I just nailed the more-ish flavour, combined with the rich gelatine. It just gives the feeling of a big warm hug,” she says. “And when we strain it it has the most unbelievable golden hue. It’s seriously liquid gold. And to know it’s benefiting so many makes me so happy!”
“Our Ayurvedic Kitchari has also become a real iconic Made For Mothers meal,” Jess gushes. “I’m proud of her too as I know there are a lot of new mums benefiting from the nutrient density of that dish."