NTFB Offers Educational Cooking Classes – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Some north Texas parents hit the books … that is, cookbooks.

They are part of a North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) program that teaches families how to eat healthily on a budget.

While the children are in school, some of their parents were also in class.

“Make sure you choose different types of low-fat meat,” said Jenee Arnold, NTFB nutritional education coordinator.

The course is called ‘Children say yes to fruit and vegetables’.

The Wednesday lesson … Ground Turkey Tacos.

“It’s very cheap and quick to prepare. We smuggled canned tomatoes and carrots in and the kids won’t even try.

The North Texas Food Bank developed the curriculum to teach parents how to prepare healthier meals.

“So we want to make sure that our families eat less out and cook more at home, so get more of your fresh fruits and vegetables and your lean proteins and the like in your diet,” said Arnold.

And less of what they don’t need.

“When we go out to eat with our fast food, we put a lot of fat and sodium in our diet that we really don’t need,” said Arnold.

The courses contain nutritional information that if they don’t read the labels they may not know.

“There is a big difference between buying a can with no added salt and buying a regular can. If you buy your can with no added salt, it’s around 10 mg of sodium compared to a regular can of around 300 to 400 mg, so that’s a big difference, “said Arnold.

The aim is to adopt what has been learned in class and teach it at home.

“Make sure you involve your children in the kitchen from a young age so that they eat their vegetables, expose their fruits to various foods, and be healthy role models for your children,” said Arnold.

Spice up homework for the whole family.


NTFB Offers Educational Cooking Classes