It is never too early to promote lifelong healthy eating habits.
Now more than ever, it is crucial that we reconnect and realize the importance of a good relationship with food from early childhood. Good nutrition in childhood promotes strong growth, good health, and reduces the risks for obesity and chronic diseases. Well-nourished children also have increased cognitive function, better ability to focus, and enhanced memory, something that we all want in our children. So how do we instill these healthy habits in them?
In this class, we will explore taste, texture, and cooking techniques while learning about different ingredients. We explore food as we learn about the different food groups, the importance of a balanced plate, and how to cook simple nutritious meals. We will touch, smell, taste, laugh, make funny faces, sing, laugh, and get our hands messy as we have fun preparing, cooking and eating delicious dishes.
The course and PDF materials will be explained in this 30 minute session. We will go over what is expected of the children and parents.
Kids will explore the 5 different flavor profiles: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami. They will taste a variety of foods and compare these flavors. This will help them understand their own preferences and tastes.
Kids will explore different textures as they eat and taste a variety of foods. They will compare and find out which textures they prefer and which ones they don't like. Different cooking methods will be introduced as we prepare the same ingredients in different ways.
Kids will explore different fruits and vegetables as they learn their names. They will review the flavor profiles and the textures from the past 2 weeks. They will prepare some of simple dishes using the fruits and vegetables studied.
Kids will explore different grains and starches. They will learn the role of this food group and how it affects their body. They will prepare simple dishes using a combination of the vegetables/fruits and some of the grains/starches studied.
Kids will explore different plant proteins. They will learn the role of this food group and how it affects their body. They will prepare some dishes using the ingredients studied as they review the flavor profiles and the textures learned.
In the final week, kids will apply the knowledge gained and learn how to develop their own healthy plate. They will learn about what kind of food is healthy and what is not. They will learn which foods they need a lot of, which only in moderation, and which ones to avoid completely and why.
This 6-week course is ¥3,500/week, paid in full at the beginning of the course for a total of
¥21,000 (tax incl.)
Kanagawa Chiku Center kitchen located 5 min. walk from JR Higashi Kanagawa Station (TBC depends on availability)
Every Thursday (TBC, more days may be added) 10:00-12:00pm starting July 9th, 2021
"Hi! I will be your instructor. I have 2 little ones (aged 6 and 4) so I know very well the struggles and challenges when feeding little kids. My kids are both my biggest fans and my strictest judges. I know I’ve made a good one when they ask for seconds but still they are never shy to tell me if I missed something!! Somehow I have managed to raise 2 healthy and strong kids on a plant-based lifestyle who love food and most importantly eat their veggies!! I must be doing something right after all! "
Learning how to cook not only increases a child's language development but also enhances fine motor skills, increases math ability, introduces kids to scientific concepts, and teaches important life skills. Food education empowers children to have a healthier relationship with food and build lifelong healthier habits. With a solid understanding of how food affects their bodies children are more likely to make wiser food choices, which will affect their personal health and environmental well-being throughout their lifetime.