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Cooking Matters and Share Our Strength #NoKidHungry

This is a sponsored post with Walmart/Share Our Strength through The Motherhood. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

If you could take cooking classes, would you participate?  Would you like to learn how to cook healthy?  Can you see yourself learning from a chef, about how to shop, prepare and cook a nutritious meal for your family?

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Walmart has partnered up with Share Your Strength to bring families, all across America, the necessary courses that will have you meeting all your nutritional goals without sacrificing your budget.

What is Cooking Matters?

Cooking Matters is a program that is hosted by Walmart and it helps families shop and cook healthy meals on a budget, as a part of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, right in their stores. Each session lasts for an hour and a half and they are each designed to teach four main skills:

1. Buying fruits and vegetables on a budget

2. Comparing unit prices

3. Reading food labels

4. Identifying whole grain foods

Cooking Matters at the Store often ends in the $10 Challenge, an activity where participants use the skills they’ve just learned to buy a healthy meal for a family of four, for under $10. You can’t get any better than that.

Eating regular, nutritious meals benefits children’s health and development.  Most kids don’t eat the recommended servings of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and exceed the maximum daily intake of sodium (U.S. Department of Agriculture and United States Department of Health and Human Services).  Poor nutrition can lead to behavioral, emotional and academic problems (Harvard School of Public Health and Journal of Applied Research on Children) -Cooking Matters

As moms, we need to step up our game when it comes to eating healthy.  After all, our kids learn through example. We need to take the reigns, when it comes to what is put on our dinning table. Check out this delicious recipe that you can make for you and your family:

Food Styling by Catrine Kelty
Photo Courtesy of cookingmatters.org

Northwest Apple Salad

Serves 4, 3/4 cup per serving

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium Granny Smith Apples
  • 2 tablespoons of dries fruit such as raisins, cranberries or currants
  • 3 tablespoons of plain, low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoons of shelled walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (optional)

Directions:

  • Rinse and remove cores from apples. Do not peel. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Place in medium bowl.
  • Add dried fruit and yogurt to bowl. Mix well.
  • In a small skillet over medium heat, toast nuts until golden brown and fragrant. Watch closely so they do not burn. Remove from pan and let cool.
  • Chop cooled nuts with a knife. Or, put in a plastic bag and crush with a can.
  • Add crushed nuts to bowl. If using, add honey. Toss and serve.

You can find this recipe and so much more at cookingmatters.org.  You can also like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter and check them out on YouTube.

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Liz Cerezo

Liz is a Mexican-American blogger living in Southern California. Married 19 years, and a mami to 3 kids, her content is inspired from living in and raising a multicultural familia. Liz has been blogging for more than 7 years, establishing herself as a nationally recognized Latina blogger. She often blogs in Spanglish and may throw in some Tagalog when talking about her hubby. You can also find her chit chatting away at @Liz_Cerezo on Twitter!

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