Actress Ana Ortiz is one of the busiest women in show business. As the star of the hit Lifetime show “Devious Maids” and mom to two kids, it can be extremely difficult to plan a healthy nutritious meal her entire family (including her husband!) will love! That’s why Ortiz has teamed up with Campbell Soup for their Wisest Kid in the World campaign to dish on how busy parents can make a great meal in a jiffy their entire family will adore.
Ana was kind enough to join me recently to dish on The Wisest Kid in the World, her hit show “Devious Maids” (which was just picked up for a second season), and much more!
Candace Rose: As a busy mom of two children, do you have any suggestions on how parents can get their kids to eat healthier?
Ana Ortiz: “I do, as a matter of fact. My kids are really young- they’re two and four, and they’re very picky eaters. In fact, I’m married to a very picky eater, and we both are working so it’s been difficult. That’s why I’m so excited to work with Campbell Soup because they have discovered ‘The Wisest Kid in the Whole World’ who is a guru- this eternally eight year old guru. You want to know what makes a kid happy? You ask a kid. So this website is really so exciting. You can go to WisestKid.com, they have recipes and really fun tips on how to make easy, delicious meals. It has been a real lifesaver in my home, let me tell you.”
Candace Rose: What inspired you to team up with Campbell Soup for the Wisest Kid in the Whole World campaign?
Ana Ortiz: “Well, I’m a working mom and there’s a guilt that goes along with that because I can’t make these phenomenal meals, and I’m so tired of throwing something down from the freezer. This has been really wonderful, I can go to WisestKid.com and find a quick recipe. They’re delicious. I just made these chicken and cheese enchiladas the other night, unbelievable. They’re so delicious, they’re my husband’s favorite thing that I’ve made. It’s just been a lot of fun.”
Candace Rose: What are some of your favorite mealtime tips for parents?
Ana Ortiz: “I would say, you don’t have to panic about it. You can take it really easy. I would really recommend going to the website- there’s a chicken alfredo recipe that’s delicious. You can go on Twitter, you can go on Facebook.
For me, my daughter’s just learning how to read, so she’s super into the alphabet soup and making words, and that’s been a lot of fun for us. My son is almost two, and for him he’s discovered how to slurp up the noodles from chicken noodle soup. Kids love soup, and I think I just sort of forgot that. It’s been a real lifesaver for us. The Wisest Kid has all kinds of tips and you can also ask questions as well. I would recommend that if you have any questions, you can go on there and ask and get the answers that you need.”
Candace Rose: Can you tell us about your hit Lifetime show “Devious Maids”?
Ana Ortiz: “I’d love to! We are airing our finale this coming Sunday. Lifetime’s going to have a marathon, so anybody who needs to can catch up on what they’ve missed and watch our finale. It’s going to be a real doozy this year. We got picked up for a second season, so we start shooting in January. We’re really excited about, I think it’s going to be even juicier and crazier next season. There’s a lot to look forward to.
I know I’m going to keep busy and the busier it gets, the harder it gets. Again, I really recommend people check out WisestKid.com.”
Candace Rose: Well, thank you so much, Ana. Where can we go for more information on everything you mentioned today?
Ana Ortiz: “You can go on Facebook, you can go on Twitter, you can go to CampbellSoupKitchen.com, WisestKid.com. There’s a lot of places where you can check everything out and ask questions, and get all kinds of fun tips and recipes.”