In mid December my girls took a cooking class with Healthy Little Chef here in Richmond. They enjoyed the class a bunch and I thought it was such a great healthy food cooking experience for them that I wanted to share the experience with my readers. Healthy Little Chef is a creative hands-on cooking class held at Good Foods Grocery and taught by Greta Price. The class started with a story and a song about eating healthy foods and was about an hour and a half long. Greta also went over the food pyramid with all the children and asked them to name some healthy foods they were familiar with. ( I was pleasantly surprised by how much time she spent covering the importance of eating healthy.) The children then created a healthy snowman rice cake snack with veggies that they got to enjoy afterwards. After the snack activity Greta took all the children and parents on a tour of the grocery store. They each left with a chef's hat, a packet full of helpful and fun information and they had a great time.
Here is a little bit more about Healthy Little Chef from their website. For more information about classes please visit the Healthy Little Chef website:
What are children learning while cooking?
Learning to cook will help kids to learn about nutrition and healthy eating. Children are growing up with unhealthy food in their environment, which is part of the reason why child obesity is on the rise! Teaching kids to cook will help instill skills to last them a lifetime.
Teaching your child to cook will boost their self-esteem and build confidence.
Cooking in the kitchen will help your child accomplish a task and contribute to the family.
You will create family time and bonding with your child. Take time to cook with your kids and they will have memories to share with their children.
It may take a longer time to complete the meal or snack , but the moments with your child will be rewarding. Remember patience is the key; teaching children to cook is a process.
Kids will be more apt to eat what they make. Perhaps, it is the enthusiasm of creating something themselves; they will be more likelyto eat whatever they have had a hand in making. Kids learn real lessons in language, math and creativity. Cooking will help reinforce these subjects.