FUEL YOUR CHILD’S ACTIVE LIFE

PRESENTED BY: ZACH BUDD, DIRECTOR OF NIKE TENNIS CAMPS /  SPORTS CAMPS CANADA

Whether you are a young athlete with an intensive training plan for your sport, or if you are just starting to play, each athlete should strive to have a proper balance of physical exercise and nutritional intake to fuel your body throughout the day.
Diet plays a huge role in staying healthy and intensifying training regime

  • “Eat the rainbow”. Consume fruits and vegetables of every color at least three times a week
  • What you put into your body determines what you will get out
  • Diet not only builds muscle mass it also assists in recovery

What’s the best way to make sure you are eating nutritious meals? We know that cooking and preparing your meals and snacks at home is the best way to control the amount of sugar, fat and salt in your food. There are so many reasons why cooking at home and learning about the food you eat are good for you! Here are some of the key benefits of cooking:

  • Nutrition: Develop a more comprehensive understanding of nutrition because you will see what goes into your meals as you prepare the ingredients
  • Independence: Become more capable and independent as you learn cooking skills and get more comfortable preparing your favourite recipes
  • Safety: Learn about safety rules in the kitchen; safe use of kitchen appliances and utensils and safe handling of food
  • Expand your palate: try new foods and spices and learn about different cultures
  • Math Skills: Practical application of math as you use fractions, counting and measuring while working through a recipe
  • Reading and comprehension: you will read and follow a recipe and step-by-step instructions while preparing your meal

The best way to encourage and teach healthy habits is to get kids involved in the kitchen. Children of all ages can assist with the preparation of snacks and meals and then you can talk about the ingredient choices. Kids can wash fruits and vegetables and parents can cut and store them in containers in the fridge, so they are easily accessible. Snacks are important for children to help maintain energy levels throughout the day … and we have some simple ideas that they will love to sink their teeth into:

  • Cut up various coloured vegetables, like carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, red peppers, cucumbers, etc. and try with a yummy hummus dip. See Recipe included below!
  • Similarly, slice or chop up apples, pears, pineapple, peaches, bananas, etc. and eat with your favourite nut/seed butter or yogurt. Create a delicious fruit salad!
  • Watermelon and cantaloupe are also great choices; cut into chunks and enjoy. They also contain high water content.
  • Nuts, seeds, raisins, and other dried fruit can be mixed together and are easy to munch whenever and where ever.
  • Wash and cut up your favourite berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.) – then you can easily toss them on top of your yogurt bowl with some granola or eat them as is.
  • Wraps are so easy and fun – you can use corn or flour tortillas: (a) cream cheese and your favourite veggies, (b) cheddar cheese and apple slices, (c) Nut/seed butter and berries, (d) Yogurt with bananas or your fav fruit.

We suggest eating whole foods and compare the Nutrition Facts table on food labels.  Become familiar with the levels that are “ideal” for us to consume. Keep in mind that nutritional needs differ from one person to another and from one day to the next. With increased activity levels, you might find that you need to eat more food to fuel your activities.

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Get Your Kids in the Kitchen with this Delicious Family Recipe

* Rooks to Cooks’ Signature Chorizo & Charred Red Pepper Bolognese with Linguini Recipe included

 

 

Here’s a great way to get the whole family involved in the kitchen this Family Day weekend! Let’s start with one of our amazing signature pasta recipes.  We believe that the best approach to get kids cooking is to start by assigning tasks whenever you are preparing meals. Let us give you the rundown on how to get kids of all ages helping out to prepare this simply delicious recipe.

 

Things to Keep in Mind:

  • Our recommendations are guidelines — Parents know their children best and will be able to assess what they are ready to help with in the kitchen.
  • Children will require more assistance and supervision when they are first starting out in the kitchen.
  • You will find that as they become more comfortable with the cooking process and different techniques, they will become more confident with their abilities to complete the tasks more independently.
  • Parents should always supervise in the kitchen, especially when children are learning to use different appliances and tools.
  • Remember to be patient and have fun!

 

FOLLOWING ARE OUR RECOMMENDED TASKS BY AGE GROUP FOR OUR RECIPE AT THE END OF THIS POST:

 

For children aged 4-6, start out with assigning the following tasks, which will all require some instruction, assistance and supervision at the onset:

  • Measure and add in ingredients
  • Peel garlic
  • Peel onion
  • Char & peel peppers with assistance & supervision
  • Stir pan with assistance & supervision
  • Season the final result
  • Grate parmesan for garnishing
  • Clean, dry & put away dishes

 

Age 4-6

We recommend lower risk tasks, such as measuring, mixing, assembling and organizing, for this age group. You can get them involved in more challenging skills, such as pan frying, sautéing, and perhaps introduce them to using appliances, but we suggest 1:1 supervision as they learn to use the higher risk equipment. We also suggest getting them involved in the tasting and seasoning of dishes to help teach them about taste and flavoring – the most important skill required for successful cooking!

 

Children aged 7-10, can help with the following tasks, again with instruction and under supervision:

  • Finely chop chorizo
  • Char & peel peppers
  • Finely dice cooking onion
  • Mince garlic
  • Sweat onions
  • Cook chorizo
  • Plate and serve
  • Clean, dry & put away dishes

 

Age 7-10

With their quickly developing fine motor skills, this age group is ideal for introducing more challenging roles, such as knife skills and pan work. Children will learn and master these skills quickly with the proper instruction and supervision. The goal for this age group is to lay down the law – explicitly laying out the safety rules when using this higher risk equipment while still approaching the experience with relaxed energy and encouragement.

 

For children aged 11+, may need some instruction and supervision depending on their cooking skills:

  • All knife skills prep (chorizo, onion, garlic)
  • Char, peel and chop peppers
  • Sweat onions
  • Cook chorizo
  • Prepare linguini & toss with sauce (may need assistance with straining the pasta)
  • Use food processor with supervision
  • Plate and serve
  • Clean, dry & put away dishes

 

 

Age 11+

We’d like to start off by saying that this age category has the potential to take on the recipe in its entirety with some supervision. For less experienced tweens, we recommend following the guidelines for the age 7-10 category. Just like the younger age category, it’s important to lay down the law – explicitly laying out the safety rules when using this higher risk equipment while still approaching the experience with relaxed energy and encouragement. Once you feel safe to do so, give your tween the space to take control and responsibility as we find it important in helping them reach independence in and out of the kitchen.

 

Cooking with kids is a great activity for the family. Sure, it can get messy and it may take a bit longer than usual, but it teaches kids about all aspects of the cooking process … including eating your meal at the end! Bon Appetit!

 

And now, here’s the recipe … Have fun cooking and enjoying your meal!

 

 

*Rooks to Cooks’ Signature Chorizo & Charred Red Pepper Bolognese with Linguini

Yield: 4 servings

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium dried chorizo sausage, finely chopped
  • 2 red peppers, charred & finely chopped
  • 1 medium cooking onion, finely chopped
  • 350ml crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 600g linguini, prepared al dente

 

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. sweat onions until translucent. Add chorizo and cook until oils render out. Add garlic and paprika and cook in oils for 1 minute.
  2. Finely chop peppers in food processor. Add contents of pan to a food processor and pulse 3-5 times or until the chorizo and onions are finely chopped. You do not want it pureed!
  3. Add tomatoes to saucepan and lower heat. Simmer for 15 minutes. Transfer contents of pan to a food processor and pulse 3-5 times. You do not want it pureed.
  4. Season with salt and pepper. Toss linguini with Bolognese until fully covered. Drizzle with olive oil and serve immediately.

 

 

P.S. We would love to hear and see how your dish turned out!! Be sure to share some photos of your dish with Rooks to Cooks on social media:

 

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