Food Revolution Day, and Jamie’s own orange + polenta cake

I think that the majority of people out there, kids included, know what they are supposed to eat to maintain and protect their health. So why then do we struggle so profoundly with diet-related diseases, obesity, and a vast array of chronic health issues. Because of the perception that making the healthy choice isn’t the easy choice, or the delicious one.

Notice I used the word perception. It’s not true, it just appears that way! Healthy, wholesome foods can be simple, quick, and yummy, all at the same time! I talk about it a lot, but that’s because I think it’s really important. One of the barriers we experience in this area is education. People aren’t sitting down to home-cooked, nutritious meals because they don’t know how to cook. Kids are buying poor quality food from their school’s cafeteria at lunch time because they don’t know how to prepare simple foods which they can pack in a school lunch. We lack education. In this case, knowledge is everything, and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day is a worldwide campaign to get our governments on board with making practical food education a compulsory part of our schools’ curriculum. Every child should have the opportunity to learn where food comes from, how to cook it, and how it affects their bodies. That right there, is a recipe for better health! Read More

Home economics + food literacy

Even though I’m only one week into the curriculum, there’s definitely some exciting stuff going on here at Brescia.  Let’s start with this – I’m taking home economics. I am in university, and I am taking home ec – I didn’t even know that was a ‘thing’ in university! Fun fact: the scholarly folks are calling it human ecology nowadays in attempts to rebrand and shed the negative associations tied to home economics education. When you hear about home ec, you think of that high school class that only a handful of girls took, or maybe home ec wasn’t even offered at your school because of the pressures placed on students to take all the maths and sciences, to leave our options open for higher education university programs that would give us the chance to be more than just ‘stay-at-home-moms’.

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