Our cooking classes recognize that feeding your child's development is important, but not always easy.
We know that:
- Healthy, nutritious food is necessary for physical and emotional development.
- Diet has a significant role in cognition, behavior, mood, and growth.
- Meal presentation influences the intake of new and varied foods.
Yet, busy schedules and picky tastes, access, and cost make it challenging for children to consume healthy meals.
Four researched based principals guide the design of our Cooking for Development Classes
Feeding Your Child's Development cooking classes support the healthy development of children in our community
The goals of our cooking classes are aligned with the call to action statement by the Virginia Department of Health in their Plan for Well-being by 2020: "Interventions should extend well beyond providing traditional education to individuals and families about healthy choices, and should help build skills...to facilitate healthy choices."
Full Circle is partnered with Vie to provide parents with practical and accessible cooking skills to support their child's health and development.
Cooking classes are held in the private upstairs space, generously donated by Junction Restaurant. A variety of classes are offered; each designed to be fun, engaging, and enhance healthy child development.
- Parents walk away with complete recipes, and tangible skills that can be implemented the very next day.
- Parents learn how to save money on food costs!
- Pediatric specialists highlight the role of key nutrients in child development, behavior, learning, and mood.
- Classes are ever-changing, focusing on seasonal foods, specific diets, busy schedules, and picky eaters.
- Any level of cooking experience is welcomed and supported.
- Classes are ever changing and designed to be taken again and again!
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Classes are listed below. If no calendar link is available, please check back as we schedule more classes!
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Detailed Class Descriptions
Feeding your child's development on a busy schedule
This class is just like the name implies! It is for parents who know how important nutrition is for their child's success, yet don't always have the time to prioritize healthy meals. Chef Lynsie Steele and Full Circle's pediatric specialists develop a kid and budget-friendly meal plan that is at the same time supporting your child's development, mood, and learning. During this hands on class, you will learn how to make 3 full meals to be used for dinner (and lunch leftovers) + 1 soup! Also, during the class you’ll have the opportunity to sample the final product of each meal, and bring home complete written recipes. Throughout the class, Lynsie shares knife skills, kitchen short-cuts, and grocery buying tips. Each of these classes has a slightly different meal plan, using seasonal foods to maximize flavor and save you money; making this a great class to take again and again!
Healthy School Lunches
Packing school lunches can be a challenge! This class gives specific meal and snack options developed to give children energy, while supporting their learning and attention. During this dynamic class, you will learn how to pack lunches and snacks efficiently while also making specific recipes. Nut-free options will be provided as part of the class. This class is offered in the fall and winter, using in-season ingredients.
Foundations Class: Proteins and Soups
This is the perfect class for those new cooking, or for those who find themselves in the kitchen "all the time!" The Foundations Class is developed by Lynsie Steele and teaches essential recipes that every parent can learn in order to make getting dinner on the table a less daunting task. Lynsie teaches how to cook protein and soups, as well as broths and basic knife skills, grocery shopping tips and short cuts to allow you to use fresh ingredients, what you have on hand, and decrease reliance on a recipe for every meal.
Foundations Class: Grains and VegetableS
This is the perfect class for those new cooking, or for those who find themselves in the kitchen "all the time!" The Foundations Class is developed by Lynsie Steele and teaches essential recipes that every parent can learn in order to make getting dinner on the table a less daunting task. Lynsie teaches how to cook grains and vegetables, as well as basic knife skills, and grocery shopping tips and short cuts to allow you to use fresh ingredients, what you have on hand, and decrease reliance on a recipe for every meal.