What is 'Made with Love, Shared with Love'?
At the British Nutrition Foundation, we are really keen to engage children of all ages with new foods, and recipes, to promote a love of cooking and encourage the joy of sharing food with family and friends.
'Made with Love, Shared with Love' is a resource that includes some easy, tasty recipes like 'Cheeky chickpea curry', 'Awesome overnight oats' and 'Pretty speedy pizza' that children with different abilities (and taste preferences) can prepare – from beginners to more adventurous cooks.
Children of all ages can develop cooking skills but supervision should be age appropriate.
Why should food be 'Made with Love, Shared with Love'?
In addition to providing our bodies with the nutrients it needs, food has other important social roles. Sharing food has always been part of the human story, and cooking is an important life skill. It enables children to feed themselves and others well and affordably throughout later life and can influence food choice in the family home.
Supporting young people to connect with food in the current obesity crisis may be more important than ever. This can include developing the skills that equip them with better knowledge of food preparation and cooking. Such skills can also open the door to a host of other important learning experiences, including creativity, exploring senses (awareness of taste, texture and smell), understanding seasonality, using maths concepts in a practical way (counting, weighing) and key social skills including patience and social interaction.
Cooking and a healthy diet
Although research is limited, some studies suggest that learning to cook (and eating home-cooked foods) helps increase children’s knowledge of foods, encourages trying a greater variety of foods/tastes, promotes eating more fruit and vegetables and may help children maintain a normal bodyweight.
|Parents across all locations and demographics indicate that giving children more chances to learn to cook is key in supporting their children to eat better.|
Eating with those you love
There is some evidence that eating together in family meals is linked with better diet quality, higher consumption of healthy foods and lower consumption of unhealthy foods, and this doesn’t seem to matter whether you are eating with one family member or many.
So let's start cooking!