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Love Food Hate Waste in Schools

Love Food Hate Waste in Schools

When I joined Eco Kids I expected to be teaching students how to create art by using recycled junk as that’s how I perceived recycling. Until then it had never occurred to me that we throw away food as much as we throw away packaging.

lfhw logoAt home I’ve never wasted food as I was brought up to be frugal, so it was second nature to create recipes that used up leftovers and food nearly passed its sell by date. So you can imagine I was pleasantly surprised when I found out I’d be teaching children to ‘Love Food, Hate Waste.’

It even inspired me to start using a compost bin and start growing a few veg of my own. It’s a pleasure to share some of my home grown herbs with the children and see them experience different tastes and aromas for the first time.

Worrying Reports of Childhood Obesity

With worrying reports of childhood obesity on the increase and a lack of knowledge of food sources it’s comforting to know that Ecokids offer a ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ programme that provides children with a fun environment to learn how to make fresh meals by using left over foods rather than eating junk food from out of a packet. For example, overly ripe fruit can be made into muffins using healthy ingredients like oats.

Here’s a recipe for you to try yourself:


FRUIT FLAPJACKS

Ingredients:

  • 80g of fruit
  • 35g of wholemeal flour
  • 35g of oats
  • 25g of caster sugar
  • 25g of butter

Instructions:

Mix together the flour, oats, caster sugar and butter. Grease a loaf tin and place half of the mixture into the tin. Mash the fruit into a pulp and place on top of the mixture in the tin. Pour the rest of the mixture over the fruit. Place the flapjack onto a baking tray & bake for 20 minutes on gas mark 4 (180°c).


Eco Kids Cooking Classes

Eco Kids cooking classes provide a great opportunity for students to learn how to choose and use healthy foods, learn their nutritional benefits and how food is grown. Working in a group, children weigh, measure, taste and enjoy as they create meals and snacks in a relaxed, fun environment.

Also, exploring food in this way helps raise the student’s awareness of how to take responsibility for their health and the environment and how to successfully work in a group.

Book A Course of Lessons

If you would like to book a course of cooking lessons for your school or group please contact Rachel: rachel@eco-kids.org.uk