The idea for Food Monsters came when I realised that there were lots of activities in Edinburgh for under-fives, but none that focused on healthy eating. The name came from one of my friends saying that my boys were food monsters!
As a mum of twin 2-year-olds at the time, I recognised that parents, especially mums who are generally responsible for feeding the family, often found it difficult to encourage their children to eat healthy food.
I found endless healthy eating recipes and cookbooks, but very little practical information about how to encourage children to eat these lovingly prepared meals.
So in 2008 I resigned from my NHS job, and set about creating lesson plans for Food Monsters classes, to teach young kids to enjoy fruit and veg.
I successfully ran classes myself for a few years in various nurseries in Edinburgh, and created products too.
By 2014 I wanted more children to benefit from the learning experience I had created, so I started training staff in nurseries to run Food Monsters classes.
In 2015 Food Monsters became a not for profit company, with the social aim of improving the health of young children.