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Goodbye junk food, hello home cooking

Posted on 19 October 2016

Maggie Sims MBE runs The Children’s Food Trust’s national Let’s Get Cooking programme. In her latest blog she asks why, given all of the evidence, there’s no mention of cooking skills in the government’s childhood obesity plan? 

Cooking as a family can be a great way to introduce healthy food into your children’s diets and teach them the culinary basics, especially after a long day at work, when we tend to fall back on ‘easier’ junk food options. Having your children help out in the kitchen will make those instant meals less temping and make cooking a nutritious meal that much easier.

In fact cooking as a family not only cuts out junk food but according to a report by the British Food Journal also allows families to connect with each other and in the case of teenagers, gives them more independence. 

Feeling inspired? 

If this has got you itching to get the family in the kitchen to prepare some tasty meals, visit the Children’s Food Trust’s website section ‘Let’s Get Cooking at Home’ for hundreds of recipes and guides to help you get cooking - easily and cheaply. Use the recipe collections to find ways to make the most of your leftovers, how to create healthy versions of popular takeaway foods, and how to make delicious one-pot wonders.