This year, I became a Healthy Hands Cooking Certified Instructor because I love to see children learn how to cook in the kitchen with their families and learn how and why to choose healthy foods. These classes are not only impacting the kids, but the parents also love seeing how their children’s nutritional educations grow!
Healthy Hands Cooking (HHC) classes provide a different environment for children to try healthy foods outside of home where many parents are consistently trying to get their children to eat them. I love teaching kids that foods our bodies were intended to eat are delicious and make our bodies the strongest and healthiest they can be. Healthy Hands Cooking (HHC) is a unique way to teach kids about healthier food options in a fun, group setting. The kids have so much fun learning together, and I am always impressed to see the new food choices they decide to make during and after the sessions.
Having fun with food is important for kids to stay engaged with what they are eating. In my recent HHC class, the kids made Super Hero Veggie Guys out of cut up vegetables. The kids were so creative with their designs, and each Super Hero was unique. The best part about making their Super Heroes was eating them! If you make the experience fun, then kids really are more open to trying new foods. Because of what they learn in HHC classes (like “eating the rainbow”), the kids leave with confidence in making healthy food choices at home and away from home in different settings where unhealthy food options are offered, i.e. birthday parties, dining out, etc.
As a mother of two girls, I love that I can teach Healthy Hands Cooking (HHC) classes and include my girls. They really enjoy the classes, and I get to spend time with my girls while teaching. It’s a win-win for us. If you have a passion for healthy living and enjoy being with children, then you should consider becoming a Healthy Hands Cooking Certified Instructor. The format is easy to follow, the parties can be hosted practically anywhere and most importantly, and you will positively affect the health of our next generation. Click here to find out more.
I believe that Generational Health is one of the most important things I can focus on as a health educator. If we raise our children to know how foods work for, or against, our bodies, then they will become stronger, healthier adults that will help move our world away from this health crisis we are in.
Health Fact: Eating bright, colorful foods not only provide a powerhouse of essential vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need, but they are bursting with color and incredible flavors. Try eating the “colors of the rainbow”!