Newsletter, August 2014
Little Cooks Club Party Competition Winner…
…is Lina Snyman from Vereeniging and the award-winning letter was Sharni Kapp and her son Aiden. You will both receive a voucher for R1500 from Yuppiechef.
Congratulations to the winner of the Best Little Cooks Club Party Review 2014.
This was a very difficult decision after reading all the wonderful reviews from all the moms on the successful parties they have had at Little Cooks Club. We’ve maintained high standards and I am pleased that you as valued clients are getting the most memorable day for your special child.
Frosting & Fondant Cake Decorating in Gauteng Only
Good Food & Wine Show (31st, July 1st, 2nd & 3rd August 2014) at the Coco Cola Dome. 15h30 – 16h30 daily.
We look forward to seeing you all at the Good Food & Wine Show in the Baking Theatre daily.
Giving Back Party
Little Cooks Club will be adding a special “giving back” party as an option. Here the party runs as usual but we make special gifts and food for a less fortunate child or children’s home. The birthday girl or boy will do the drop-off of all the lovely goodies after a fun afternoon.
A warm welcome to Janica Ehlers on joining the Little Cooks Club group. We are so pleased to have you on board and wish you all the best in your area. The parents of Polokwane will be thrilled, I’m sure.
See the Polokwane page on our website for Janica’s profile and contact details.
Certified Health Coach
I am pleased to announce that I have just completed the Dr. Sears L.E.A.N. training programme for families & expecting moms. I am now a certified Health Coach.
This is a scientifically proven, clinically based program that offers a variety of fun, interactive and educational workshops for anyone who influences the lives of children.
I will come and do talks for business and schools, as well as private sessions for you and your family, to get you on the right road to feeling great.
A Family Affair
When a child struggles with his or her learning, behavior, performance, weight or overall health, the impact is felt heavily by the parents. Many times parents seek help from tutors, coaches, counselors or medications. However, in many cases the solution is easily found through changes in lifestyle, exercise, attitude and nutrition. L.E.A.N is about overall health for your family for a lifetime. Diet effects all behavior and learning. Start making changes at home. I’m here to help.
E-mail me to book dates or to chat: email@example.com.
Brainy Breakfasts to Improve School and Work Performance
I know you probably think I have exhausted this topic but I can’t stress enough how important a good breakfast is for your child and family.
“Breakfast” means just that: break the overnight fast. Eating breakfast allows you to restock the energy stores that have been depleted overnight and begin the day with a tank full of the right fuel. Sending yourself to work or your child to school without breakfast is like trying to use a cordless power tool without ever recharging the battery. If you don’t refuel your child’s body in the morning after an overnight fast, the child has to draw fuel from its own energy stores until lunchtime. The stress hormones necessary to mobilize these energy reserves may leave the child feeling irritable, tired, and unable to learn or behave well. If you want your child to rise and shine rather than limp along sluggishly at school all morning, make sure your child’s day gets off to a nutritious start.
Throughout the brain, biochemical messengers called neurotransmitters help the brain make the right connections. Food influences how these neurotransmitters operate. The more balanced the breakfast, the more balanced the brain function. There are two types of proteins that affect neurotransmitters: 1) neurostimulants, such as proteins containing tyrosine, affecting the alertness transmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, and 2) calming proteins that contain tryptophan, which relaxes the brain. A breakfast with the right balance of both stimulating and calming foods starts the child off with a brain that is primed to learn and emotions prepared to behave. Eating complex carbohydrates along with proteins helps to usher the amino acids from these proteins into the brain, so that the neurotransmitters can work better.
Complex carbohydrates and proteins act like biochemical partners for enhancing learning and behavior. This biochemical principle is called “synergy,” meaning that the combination of two nutrients works better than each one singly, sort of like 1 + 1 = 3.
If your hectic household has a morning rush hour like the one in our home, you may feel that you don’t have time for a healthy breakfast. But consider what studies have shown:
- Breakfast eaters are likely to achieve higher grades, pay closer attention, participate more in class discussions, and manage more complex academic problems than breakfast skippers.
- Breakfast skippers are more likely to be inattentive, sluggish, and make lower grades.
- Breakfast skippers are more likely to show erratic eating patterns throughout the day, eat less nutritious foods, and give into junk-food cravings. They may crave a mid- morning sugar fix because they can’t make it all the way to lunchtime on an empty fuel tank.
- Some children are more vulnerable to the effects of missing breakfast than others. The effects on behavior and learning as a result of missing breakfast or eating a breakfast that is not very nutritious vary from child to child.
- Whether or not children eat breakfast affects their learning, but so does what they eat. Children who eat a breakfast containing both complex carbohydrates and proteins in equivalent amounts of calories tend to show better learning and performance than children who eat primarily a high protein or a high carbohydrate breakfast. Breakfasts high in carbohydrates with little protein seem to sedate children rather than stimulate their brain to learn.
- Children eating high calcium foods for breakfast (e.g., dairy products) showed enhanced behavior and learning.
- Morning stress increases the levels of stress hormones in the bloodstream. This can affect behavior and learning in two ways. First, stress hormones themselves can bother the brain. Secondly, stress hormones such as cortisol increase carbohydrate craving throughout the day. The food choices that result may affect behavior and learning in children who are sensitive to the ups and downs of blood sugar levels. Try to send your child off to school with a calm attitude, as well as a good breakfast.
Breakfast sets the pattern for nutritious eating throughout the rest of the day. When children miss breakfast to save time or to cut calories, they set themselves up for erratic binging and possibly overeating the rest of the day.
Please contact the franchise in your area directly for their holiday programmes, which will start next week.
At School Programme
Our At School Programme has become very popular. We are running our Spade to Spatula programme in the schools and children are learning so many beneficial things from growing food to preparing and eating it. If you feel that Little Cooks Club should be in your school, speak to your head mistress and contact your nearest Little Cooks Club representative and see if she can do a demo in your school.
Parties at Little Cooks Club
Due to the huge demand for our awesome parties, please plan your children’s parties in advance – about 3 months in advance. They are so popular and we want your child to enjoy the experience and have the best day ever.
The party themes are:
- Spade to Spatula – planting and cooking
- Whisks and Wooden Spoons – preparing one healthy delight and one naughty
- Kids vs Kitchen – team building challenges with prizes
- Liquorice and Lime – mystery baskets and tastings with prizes
- Frosting and Fondant – cake pops and cake decorating
Our parties are very personalized and special; we put so much emphasis on the children and what they are learning. Book in advance, as our parties are extremely popular. Some of the franchisees make the most beautiful cakes and cake pops if you would like to place your orders with them.
Timeless Family Food Journal
Please order online (www.timelessfamilyfoodjournal.co.za). Only R350 for a book that will last a lifetime. The recipes are fantastic and the children are really enjoying making the book their own with illustrations, pasting in pictures, and moms adding notes and treasured memories. It’s perfect for ages 2 to 14 years and a must have in every home. It contains some great holiday ideas on what to make from soaps and body scrubs to paint and playdough.