Our children count on us to lead the way to health and well being. They look to our habits and actions as written in stone. In other words they trust us. Are we honoring their trust in us by showing them the way to eat healthy food and stabilize at a healthy weight? Do we really want them to learn our habits and actions? We can tell our kids anything, but if we don't adapt health and well being in our own lives, these words will fall on deaf ears.
One way of teaching our kids the proper way of anything is showing them how it is done. A great time to start kids off is when they are young. Cooking With Kids Foundation has all inclusive classes that show our kids ages 4-10, the safe way to hold a knife without hurting themselves while chopping and slicing food. They have wonderful instructors that are trained by Chef Lynda Rexroat, a renowned chef that learned her trade in France and has brought her knowledge to us locally in order for the community to help fight the epidemic of childhood obesity and diabetes.
The classes start with learning about the foods we eat. The kids color pictures of different healthy foods while the instructors explain what they are about in an interactive question and answer period with the kids. Kids know much more about what is good for them then we thought. As we all well know, knowing what is good for us and eating what is good for us are two very different things.
That's why Chef Lynda also shows each student how to make their healthy meals tasty and delicious by using great spices, herbs and cooking with love. Parents have also confided in Chef Lynda that when they are in the grocery store picking out foods, their children will often say "Chef Lynda says that is not a healthy choice".
Chef Lynda's process stays with our children. They remember and take their knowledge home to their families and are able to continue staying healthy long into adulthood. Many of the kids, have the opportunity to volunteer and instruct other children, which keeps this amazing Foundation moving forward into the future.
The Directors of Cooking with Kids all contribute to our Blog and each comes with a different skill set and point of view. Here you can find information on nutrition, cooking technique, tips to get kids to eat healthy and much more.