Culinary education and involvement at a young age is so imperative in getting children to broaden their knowledge of nutritious food and nutrition in a practical way. As Sneaky Mommies, we have a personal tie with wanting to ensure that our children understand the value of healthy and nutritious food and so we want to spread that message to as many children that we can. We have partnered up with Ecole Forest Trail Public School in Oakville, where we are teaching hands-on culinary classes focused on healthy snacking and the importance of making good food choices.
Having children of our own we understand that eating patterns that begin in childhood affect the health and well being across one’s entire life, and so early education is an important step in starting children on the path to having a positive relationship with food. Our hands on program allows children to create two recipes with us, depending on their grade; they either make our Zucchini Chips with Turmeric Spiced Ketchup or our Power Balls.
Studies have shown that when children are involved in hands on learning through mixing, chopping and then getting to taste the fruit of their labour, the impact is immense. The have a greater understanding and appreciation of where their food comes from, the time it takes to prepare and they show more willingness to experiment and try unfamiliar food. In addition to getting excited about food and the recipe that they got to make in a safe school environment, they can then transfer that knowledge and skill to their home life and re-create the dishes with confidence.
Our first session with the children was this week and it was a huge success. The children were so enthusiastic with asking questions and participating in the preparation of the food that it was truly heart warming to see. We feel so grateful and humbled to be able to stand in front of these children and teach them what we know.
We are so thankful to Steve Pilibbossian, Principal of Ecole Forest Trail Public School for trusting in us to teach and help us spread the message of the importance of healthy eating. He is one of the most passionate foodies we’ve ever met and a pioneer when it comes to the initiatives he is willing to bring into the school in order to set the right foundation for his students. The environment and atmosphere that him, Sandra DiFelice (VP) and all of the educators have created is nothing short of welcoming, passionate and kind and we could not be any happier to be able to be a part of it.
We look forward to hopefully inspiring many more young minds and teaching them that eating healthy can be delicious and fun.
Nat & Nic