|Oni mixing the broccoli and cauliflower |
The program has me feeling a tinge guilty for the many years I spent promoting unhealthy food choices in Kindergarten Cafe.
Our preschool through second grade classes have incorporated CookShop lessons into the curriculum. CookShop "teaches cooking skills and nutrition information and fosters enthusiasm for fresh, affordable fruits, vegetables and other whole foods".
Their philosophy, as I understand it, is that food is fuel. Unhealthy sugary foods generally provide a short rush of energy with an inevitable crash. Healthy foods keep the mind and body going. This sustained energy allows children to focus on their work and become fruitful members of society. It is long-term thinking.
Obesity and diet-related diseases continue to soar. The Cookshop program hopes to ameliorate the situation.
After I attended the CookShop training a huge locker of supplies arrived. They provided us with sundry kitchen items, from a can opener, knives and bowls to disposable items like plastic forks and cups. Every three weeks we get a food delivery containing the ingredients for our Cookshop Chef Lessons. It is very exciting!
Our latest recipe was Broccoli and Cauliflower Confetti Salad made with cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, corn, salt, honey, deli mustard and olive oil.
|We teach the children how to safely use a knife to "saw" vegetables and fruits|
And it was, it really was.
(Although I think I would still prefer a mid-afternoon cake pop.)