Yummy, Healthy and Fun Mother's Day Cooking Class 
(6-9 year olds)

Who said t​hat healthy food can’t be yummy and fun? Let’s push the junk food out and bring the whole foods in.

Family events can be fun while enjoying homemade food made with wholesome ingredients and avoiding those with hard-to-pronounce chemicals.

  • Let’s learn new skills in the kitchen, practice old skills and have loads of fun while learning about nutrition and about how to keep our bodies healthy and happy.
  • Let’s learn how to make easy, yummy and healthy Mother’s Day recipes so you can make them at home for your loved ones.
  • Let’s try new foods and let’s be a bit less picky today than we were yesterday. Let’s find foods you have never tried before, but that will become your new favourites.

Cooking is an important life skill children must have. We teach them how to read, write, do math, tie their shoes, be kind, be respectful and many other life skills. Teaching children how to cook not only helps them develop a healthy relationship with food, but also helps them stay focused, remember what they learn and keep their moods balanced and happy throughout the day.

Even more importantly, knowing how to cook will help future adults become self-sufficient in the kitchen and help them avoid fast food and frozen dinners as much as possible. Kitchen skills and knowledge of nutrition will also help them avoid obesity and related chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease in the future.

When asked “What did you like the most about the cooking class?”, here’s what parents have to say:

“Teaching the girls about healthy foods, allowing them to cook, tasting the yummy treats after and hearing how they made them.”
- Sarah


“The small class size, the recipes brought home, the variety of activities (not just cooking).”
- Tricia


“I really enjoyed that my child was given new foods to try. Honestly, I think this class is perfect; this is quite a wonderful experience for kids.”
- Tiffany


“Her confidence about healthy food, cooking and trying new foods. She was telling me this is a good source of protein!!! Great learning!! I am so impressed with this class!”
- Cynthia


Your classes are the best Alina. I don't know how you can improve them, everything you do with the children is perfect. They are way beyond our expectations. :-)  I absolutely love everything: healthy cooking, table manners, story time, nutrition theory ... and of course your positive energy/joy and enthusiasm. Thank you also for taking the pictures and for all the print-outs. This is very helpful for us, homeschoolers, for our portfolio.”
- Zuzana


What we do during the class:

  • Make three healthy and yummy recipes (NO white stuff – sugar, bread, rice, pasta; NO processed ingredients; ONLY wholesome ingredients)
  • Practice old kitchen skills and learn new ones (the children will be allowed to use knives)
  • Share the food we made with each other
  • Read a book on healthy eating and talk about nutrition
  • Outdoor fun break
  • Try an unfamiliar food and talk about it
  • Make a fun craft
  • Take leftovers, recipes, info sheets and worksheets home

When asked “What did you like the most about the cooking class?”, here’s what children have to say:

“Making kebabs and bringing them home for mom and brother. And making the craft” 

– Alex, 5 

“Learning new skills in the kitchen”

– Karisma, 8

“The craft, the story and eating the foods.”

– Angelina, 7

“Cooking and meeting new friends”

– Matthew, 9

Who am I?

I am a mother of two (a 5-year old girl and a 8-year old boy), a wife and a Holistic Nutritional Consultant. I also have a medical degree from Romania and an MSc in Biochemistry from the University of Saskatchewan.

I love green tea, chocolate and binge watching Netflix with my husband after the kids go to bed.

Petra Fitzpatrick will join me to help teaching your child about healthy food and healthy living.

Petra is a mother of two (5-year old and 8-year old girls), a wife and qualified Early Development Supervisor. She also completed a 4-year education as a state certified kindergarten teacher in Germany. She likes to sing, ballroom dance and spending time with her friends (especially with Alina :) ).

Both of us have police clearance.

Alina has a food handling safety certificate.

Petra has a first aid certificate.

When:
Wednesday, May 9 | 4:30 pm -7:30 pm (3 hours)

WhereSilver Springs Community Association (5720 Silver Ridge Dr NW, Calgary, T3B 5E5). 

There is plenty of free parking in front and behind the building, and on the street.

Price: $70 per child.

We decided to limit the class size to 10 so that the children practice many kitchen skills and receive a lot of attention. 

Charity: A portion of your child’s cooking class fee will be donated to Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids.

Here’s how much fun we had while we learned how to make delicious and healthy recipes during past cooking classes: