Newsletter, May 2014

Food Revolution

I am so excited to announce that I am now an ambassador for the Food Revolution. I will be giving my spare time to further the mission of this wonderful project. I believe strongly in this cause — I always have with my Little Cooks Club — and am thrilled to be apart of the team of Food Revolution Ambassadors around the world. (There are 1000 ambassadors around the world in over 100 countries.)

I would love you all to get excited about this cause, too, for your children, and take part in the Food Revolution.

Why is this important?

Learning how to cook from scratch is one of the most valuable skills a child can ever learn. This knowledge used to be passed down from generation to generation, but now, with an over reliance on unhealthy convenience foods, millions of people lack the confidence and even the most basic skills to cook for themselves and their families. By educating children about food in a fun and engaging way, we’re equipping them and the generation to come with the skills they need to live a healthier life.

Facts

  • Children today are the first generation predicted to live a shorter life than their parents because of poor diet and inactivity.
  • Worldwide, there are already more than 43 million children under the age of 5 who are either overweight or obese. If this continues, the figure will rise to 60 million by 2020.
  • THIS IS ENTIRELY PREVENTABLE

What can you do as a parent, and what is Little Cooks Club doing?

Firstly, let’s start teaching our children to be food smart. This is teaching them about the understanding of where food comes from and how it affects our bodies, as well as how to cook it. It’s about making clever food choices, whether that’s shopping in season, eating less processed foods or making more meals from scratch. It’s about understanding the impact food has on our bodies, and it’s our responsibility to teach our children these things, so they are food smart.

Each month at Little Cooks Club we will be running a challenge with the Food Revolution globally. We will do their challenge, which is making one of their recipes (found on our website), plus we want to see what other recipes your child can make. Send us a photo of them making their dish and we will join the global challenge of children around the world. It’s so easy: all we want them to do is cook something yummy from scratch. Visit our website for all the recipes to try this month: www.littlecooksclub.co.za/food-revolution

I would also encourage you to please support a local market. Support homegrown and not imported. It’s healthier for you and your family.

One of my big projects will be the school tuck shops — getting schools to promote a healthier tuck shop for our children, and for moms to pack a healthier lunch box. If we all do this together, our children will think it’s the norm.

If anyone wants to help me, let me know. I am the contact person for Johannesburg and will be marketing this across schools and promoting local produce.

What is Food Revolution Day?

Food Revolution Day is a day of global action to keep cooking skills alive. It’s about celebrating the importance of cooking good food and raising awareness of how it impacts our health and happiness. It’s about getting children excited about food, by making cooking fun and inspiring a love for food that will last a lifetime.

The 16th of May is the global challenge day. Register for the challenge, get involved and be apart of something global and wonderful.

Like our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter

I will be providing regular updates on this, so Like our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter for daily/weekly updates. And ask your friends to also follow us on social media. We will make a difference!

If you live in Johannesburg and post anything on social media regarding the Food Revolution, please use the hashtag #FoodRevolutionJoburg.

Competition Time

For those of you who had a Little Cooks Club party, don’t forget to submit your pictures and a review about the party to win a Yuppiechef voucher to the value of R1,500. Submit to headoffice@littlecooksclub.co.za.

For more information, visit the competition page: How amazing are your Little Cooks Club parties?. I can’t wait to see how you have enjoyed your parties at Little Cooks Club!

Moms & Daughters Class

Nicola Buchner, ownever of the Craighall/The Parks franchise, will be doing a moms and daughters cake decorating class in May. Please contact her for more details: nicolab@littlecooksclub.co.za.

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.

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