DELICIOUS & NUTRITIOUS
Delicious & Nutritious
iCook After-School was founded because we are passionate about healthy foods and the education of children. We want to give kids the option to try and experience a variety of foods through an after school program that is easy for parents, principles, and kids to appreciate and enjoy.
The typical go-to kids meal is chicken nuggets and french fries, or at least some variation of those two items. According to a study by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) in 2011, 34% of children in the United States are more likely to eat fast food on any given day. And although fast food is not bad when eaten in moderation, we want to teach kids how to eat a balanced meal that excites their
taste-buds but also fuels their bodies.
At iCook we believe that a healthy variety of foods equals a healthy life. We want to teach kids that not only is healthy food good for your body, but it can also be delicious and fun to make. Our recipes tend to be easy and colorful using mostly fresh ingredients. We also have fun names for our recipes, too, because we find “Super-Power Smoothie” or “Godzilla Veggie Bites” encourage students to try new tastes. Children are encouraged to share their cooking experiences when they return home. We provide the recipes, cooking tips and talking points to create recipe sharing and learning at home easier and more fun. And because we want every student to love the food, our focus is on “slightly healthier” balanced recipes, with treats here and there. That’s why we try to abide by the motto: “Everything in moderation, even moderation.”
WHAT DO WE TEACH?
Culinary skills are at the core of our program. We teach students how to chop, dice, peel, slice, wash, strain, core, bake, toast, whisk, fold and mix. We also teach students how to read recipes and how to measure ingredients. We make it so that recipe preparation (and clean-up) is easy and fun!
Delicious and healthy recipes are a key ingredient of every cooking class. Our instructors discuss nutrition in a really fun way so that students get excited about nutrition and healthy food overall. The goal is also to encourage students to talk it up at home and share key nutrition facts and food nuggets they learned in class.
Culture of Food
Cultural awareness is an important part of our program. Our schools are ethnically diverse so we carefully select recipes that expose students to the foods and dishes of other countries. Our instructors share interesting facts about world cuisine and encourage students to share their own cultural food experiences with classmates.