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Olympic Cookery Celebrations

We’re very excited to be working with schools around Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire offering a range of children’s cookery classes over the coming months.  With one of the greatest sporting events taking place so close to home this summer, what better way to encourage kids to get out there, get active and take an interest in looking after their bodies than with an action packed day of cookery, looking at foods from around the world and linking it to sports and fitness.

What we put into our bodies has a huge effect on what comes out and therefore it is vital that sports people maintain a healthy balanced diet in order to get the best results in the field.

We have sessions designed to get children thinking about global diets and what factors influence the foods we eat as well as looking at how different types of food affect parts of our bodies and how maintaining a healthy balanced diet results in better performance, both on and off the field.

It often amazes me how so many children spend such a huge amount of their spare time playing sports games on a screen rather than physically doing them.  Whilst I appreciate it’s not always safe or practical to run around outside with a football, we need to encourage more children to get active.  This is also true of cooking, over the years I’ve had many children ask what good cooking games I know, my response is to explain that my job is to encourage you to get in the kitchen and have a go ‘for real’, why pretend when there are so many great foods for us to try and recipes to attempt.

We all need to eat so instead of playing in a computerised kitchen, ask an adult if you can have a go at making something, even if it’s a simple fruit salad or vegetable kebabs, I guarantee it’s as much fun as a computer game as well as providing an opportunity to interact with others.

This is not to say I don’t see the value in the computer, children learn so many things via technology and it’s a fantastic tool in so many ways, however I think it’s about a balance.  So let’s switch of the screen and let’s get practical.  As the country gears up for London 2012, we can all do our bit to be a spot more active and encourage those around us to simply get involved.  Whether it’s a run around the park, a Sunday afternoon swim or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, let’s spend more time doing instead of watching!

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Or why not check out some of our recipes here


Why cooking skills are the key to healthy eating

A great BBC article here

Parents who want their children to eat more fruit and vegetables should give them an apron and let them cook, recent research suggests. By teaching our children to cook they are more likely to grow up to be healthy adults because they have a better knowledge of cooking techniques, preparing food and new tastes. Watching talented amateur cooks on Masterchef and gazing longingly at meals concocted by TV celebrity chefs is fine, but actually doing the cooking ourselves is what matters.

When it comes to young children, I Can Cook on CBeebies might hold their interest while you put on the washing but it’s no replacement for getting out the butter and flour and letting them make a mess, or so new research has found.

for the full article click here