Cooking Matters for Kids is an introduction to healthy eating and cooking for kids. In April I met with students at IJ Holten Intermediate and began a Cooking Matters for Kids class. Cooking Matters is part of Share our Strength’s National No Kid Hungry Campaign. Classes help families with a tight budget learn to make healthy, tasty meals and develop healthy habits.
So far students have learned how to make Turkey Tacos, Stir-fry and Homemade Granola. Students particularly enjoyed assembling yogurt parfaits with their homemade granola and a mix of fresh and frozen fruits.
Each class consists of a nutrition lesson that works with MyPlate standards for eating healthy, balanced meals. Students watch a demonstration on how to cook a meal or snack while learning knife skills, cooking techniques and basic food safety guidelines. After the demonstration students tie up their aprons and maybe get a little messy mixing up the recipe themselves in small groups. The recipes give students the opportunity to taste test foods they may not be exposed to in school or at home. Students are often more likely to try new foods when they have taken part in making the meal.
With busy schedules, making time for healthy meals can be a challenge for families. Cooking Matters teaches students recipes they can pass on to family members and the skills to make meals or snacks independently. Learning how and why it is important to cook healthy meals at home is an important life skill for students in the fight against problems related to rising overweight and obesity rates in youth.
Funding for the classes has been sponsored by the United Way of Mower County and is free for participants. We look forward to teaching another kids or families Cooking Matters class this coming summer. For more information on classes or questions about SNAP-Ed connect contact Caitlin Waterstraat, SNAP-Ed Educator at 507 536-6306.
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