Well guys, this is it…..We’re going into our last week of The Healthetarian Kitchen until next fall! Peter and I are ready for a break to say the least but man are we going to miss those cute little cooks!
Peter and I started The Healthetarians because we wanted to find a way to get younger generations excited about eating healthy.
And what’s more exciting than cooking at school, right?
We find ourselves now talking a lot about impact, and with our kid’s cooking classes sometimes it can be hard to gauge the impact we’re having on our students. Also, with our class at only 10 students, our reach can feel rather small.
We often hear from parents: “My daughter loves your class”, “You guys are the talk of the town” “My daughter says Wednesday’s are her favorite because she not only has PE, but Cooking Class!”……
From students we hear things like: “I love cooking class” and “cooking is so much better than fencing”…Sorry fencing.
Don’t get me wrong, but we also hear a lot of this from our students “But I don’t like sauce” or ” But I’m allergic to bananas, oranges and all vegetables”
…we checked…no allergies
These things all bring a smile to our face…(not so much the ‘I don’t like this’ part).
These are ways we’re told of the impact we’re making…..
But the stuff that gets us really excited is the impact we can see for ourselves. And to be honest sometimes we completely miss the impact we’re having even though it’s right in front of us!
In our classes at Santa Fe Montessori, our students have been bringing fruits and vegetables to our classes on Thursdays.
They say “Chef Sarah I’m growing tomatoes, can I bring them into class next Thursday?”
“Of course, but “what shall we make?” I respond.
“How about spaghetti sauce? Or Salad?” they say.
“That sounds lovely”.
And so on the following Thursday, spaghetti it was!
We also have students bringing in peaches to make a raw peach pie! And they’re so excited about it.
They carry these fruits and veggies around in their backpacks all day (don’t worry we give them a good scrub). They’re all so excited about sharing with their teachers and fellow students the produce they’ve harvested and are now going to cook with.
Which is exactly the impact we want to be having!
Teaching kids where their food comes from, and how to turn that into a healthy meal is what The Healthetarian Kitchen is all about, and to see that being carried out is a beautiful thing.