Newsletter, March 2015

Can you believe we are in March, and April with Easter break is knocking on our doors? Our holiday programs and agendas for Term 2 for all franchisees are available, so book your Little Cooks and/or Junior Chef’s space, or even for yourself or domestic, before it’s fully booked!  All information is on our lovely events page, or mail the franchise closest to you for more information.

Our focus for 2015 is the care of your body and what you eat is what you will get in result. I once heard the saying: “Healthy mommy, happy baby”.  This is so true, so let’s help you from the start: pregnancy, baby food, toddler’s Little Cooks classes, lunch boxes for school, teenager’s Junior Chefs courses, domestic courses, easy dinner nights and even nutrition for the elderly.

In the second term this year we will be participating in the well i am challenge that starts on 11 May 2015, as well as Jamie Olivier’s Food Revolution Day on 15 May 2015. See all the details of these two events and more current challenges below.

The well i am Challenge & Little Cooks Club

well i am Challenge

Lisa Raleigh’s project, well i am, launched in February 2013. Here, corporates and consumers enter an online holistic 13-week wellness transformation challenge with all the luxuries thrown in, the tools and skills to create life-long change and an online community of resources to keep you motivated. After an impressive turnout and results from both the first and second challenge, well i am has just completed its third successful season – the campaign titled “100 healthy days”. Keeping in line with being an online challenge with a difference, the next well i am challenge is set to launch in May 2015 and will have new and innovative tech and social updates.

This is an online challenge with a difference. Not only does it offer formal before-and-after assessments (in comparison to the usual do-it-yourself style), but it does not conflict with any existing fitness challenges – online or other. well i am supports whatever fitness journey you are on with a unique, incentivised support system to get you closer to your goals. The idea is that what you put in is what you get out; the more you try, the more you win. Entry also gets you into the exclusive Members’ Locker, where contestants can enjoy a secure platform to share recipes, results and motivation with one another, as well as have access to an extensive supply of eating plans and training programmes.

Little Cooks is part of this challenge, so sign up for this family challenge and reap the benefits thereof! If you feel like your family could do with a family “makeover”, go and sign up now. Make this change for everyone and win prizes too – R130 000 worth in prizes to be won.

Find well i am online:

Food Revolution

Food Revolution Day 2015

Christine Phillips of Little Cooks Club is an ambassador of the Food Revolution in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Food Revolution is about standing up for Real Food and getting children excited about food and cooking. This is the philosophy of Little Cooks Club, so it’s the perfect match and why we are ambassadors for this wonderful project.

Christine and her group of franchisees throughout South Africa and Botswana will participate again this year in the annual Food Revolution Day on 15 May 2015.  Contact the closest franchise to you for more information or if your organisation would like to join the initiative. Set aside the 15th for family cooking, or come to your nearest Little Cooks Club for classes.  We will post pics and join the millions of people on that day to fight for real food and cooking with Jamie Oliver. Let South Africa stand out this year!

March Monthly Challenge
M is for Meat Free. Cutting back on your meat intake is great for your health (and also your wallet). We’re challenging you to go veggie for Meat Free Week, March 23rd-29th. It’s the perfect opportunity to embrace the wonderful world of seasonal veg!

Find Food Revolution online:

20-week New Food Challenge

Although this challenge has already started (on Friday 6th of February 2015), you can still join in and just repeat the weeks missed at the end of the 20 weeks. Just like our Facebook Page to keep up to date with all the latest info.

The idea behind this challenge is to start introducing something fun into your family’s regular daily routine. Sometimes meal times can be a struggle, and so we’re trying to introduce a fun element to meals during the week.

The point is to cook together as a family, learn a little more about a specific food and how it effects your body. It’s a family game and the children can also look up more healthy recipes using the ingredients. The fun part: you get points for eating it that week and you start a reward chart with your kids.

Read more about the challenge, including how it works and some reward ideas:

Online Health Coaching for Your Family

This has been extremely successful with many impressed and thrilled moms doing the course. The reviews are on the website.

“it’s the most beneficial course and all moms should be doing it”
“we love working with the traffic light eating, it explains everything so clearly”
“awesome course”
“great value, wish I had done this years ago”
“love the activity jar – it works”

Dr. Sears' L.E.A.N.

New in South Africa: Online Health Coaching Course for Families and Seniors

Plus: Group Domestic Nutrition & Enrichement Courses (Bryanston Only)

You will spend about 1 hour a week on the course in your own time. Bookings essential for our online classroom and spaces are limited.

Next Course starts: May 2015.

Topics covered in the online coaching (7 week course):

  • Traffic Light eating & Portion Control
  • Breakfast & Grains
  • Fruit & Vegetables
  • Protein & Power up and play
  • Skinny on Fat
  • Water for your body
  • Great downloads, video presentations, great topics
  • Online discussions & motivation from your personal health coach
  • Dirty dozen, additives & preservatives – what they are
  • Healthy, practical recipes for families – recipes for your families needs.

If you a parent, caregiver or teacher and you passionate about getting children off to a good start in life – sign up. Its fun, interactive and great for the children to do with you. It brings families together; it helps children understand about health with the simple programmers’ & video presentations. It’s not a diet, it’s a change of life. Having your own personal health coach will assist your family with all your personal health needs.

Email me to book dates or to chat:

Health coaching talks for schools & groups available for parents and children.


We have started a weekly blog where you can see various topics regarding nutrition, food for health and more. If you Like our Facebook Page, it will come to you directly. Many of the topics are the latest nutritional news and about children’s health.

Our website is full of downloads, blogs, recipes, nutritional information and the latest research in the states about food.

Little Cooks Classes and Other Courses

Contact your closest franchise for information about the various classes available, or go to our Events page which has all of the classes happening at Little Cooks Club. They can be downloaded onto your Google calendar with a map.

Bookings are essential, so please check the Events section regularly as it gets updated weekly with new classes on offer. All holiday programmes are up for April.

Christine Phillips is Back in the Kitchen

These classes will be held in Bryanston. All classes will be on our Events page and booking is essential. Most of them are healthy eating classes, healthier ways to cook and cooking from scratch.

Some classes will be:

  • Domestic Nutrition & Enrichment Course Begins for 3 or 6 weeks
  • Family Health coaching online starts – 6 week course for families and Au Pairs
  • Domestics: Healthy family dinners – fresh ideas to your table
  • Blending, Shakes & Smoothies Class
  • Sporty Kids – fuel their bodies with the correct healthy food, energy drinks & snack bars (homemade)
  • Banting for families for Domestics
  • Moms & Au Pair Family Wellness Class
  • Vegetarian cooking classes for domestics
  • Healthy Forward thinking & planning class for domestics
  • Healthy, Hearty Winter cooking
  • Pregnancy classes – Designed by Dr Sears (written over 50 parenting books): Prepare Right Now and Eat Right Now.

All these classes will eventually be available at venue-specific franchises around the country.

For more information about dates or to enrol for these excellent classes and courses, contact Christine at

Parties at Little Cooks Club

Our parties are very personalized and special. We put so much emphasis on the children and what they are learning. Book in advance (about 3 months), as our parties are extremely popular. We want your child to enjoy the experience and have the best day ever. Our ladies can customize your party. We are extremely professional and your children will benefit with knowledge, skills and personal attention.

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

Some of the franchisees make the most beautiful cakes and cake pops if you would like to place your orders with them. They also make the most delicious fresh Healthy Party Packs, true to the Little Cooks Club Healthy Eating and Healthy Living mission.

See the reviews of our parties on the website – you wont be disappointed.

New Franchises

I’m very excited to welcome 2 new ladies to the Little Cooks Club family: Kim Meierhans in the Cape Town Helderberg area (Somerset West, Strand, Gordon’s Bay) and Marisna Strauss in Bloemfontein North. They will both start sharing their cooking skills shortly, so start contacting them for classes and more. If you know anyone in those areas, please forward this email to them. We wish you all the best ladies in your new venture.

Looking for Franchisees

There is a huge demand for franchises in the following areas:
Pretoria East
Northcliff / Roodepoort

KZN – all areas

Cape Town
Table View/Melbosstrand

East London

Timeless Family Food Journal

Please order online ( Only R300 for a book that will last a lifetime. Delivery R70 or you can collect.

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.

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