“If we change what we eat we can have a healthier life.”
DENVER, COLORADO – With a family history of diabetes and kidney failure, Tiffany and her husband Dan, wanted better for their two sons. They decided now was the time to start eating healthier as a family so Tiffany enrolled in a Cooking Matters course at her son’s school.
During the class, Tiffany learned new recipes, how to read labels, and the amount of sugar in her family’s favorite drinks. The family used to drink soda regularly, but the sight of how much sugar is in one serving shocked Tiffany into choosing water as their new go-to drink. The family also learned to replace sugar-loaded applesauce and flavored yogurts with fresh fruit. Her kids were hesitant at first, but after getting some tips in class, Tiffany encouraged them to brainstorm which new fruits and veggies to try, and they quickly started enjoying the new flavors.
Tiffany also saves more money after taking part in the Cooking Matters class. She now compares unit prices and buys in bulk. She learned she could save money by buying foods she wouldn’t have before, like frozen vegetables to replace fresh ones that can be expensive, out of season.
One of her favorite themes in class was being flexible with recipes. When she doesn’t have the exact ingredients available, Tiffany knows she can use substitutions to make recipes work for her and her family. The Veggies and Rice Stir Fry is her new favorite recipe because of the many different vegetables, proteins, grains she can use, as well as how budget-friendly it is.
Tiffany is so happy with all she learned from her Cooking Matters class that she encourages other parents to sign up, and even offers to babysit for them so they can attend. She has shared the knowledge she gained with her entire family, helping not only her children but her parents as well. Tiffany says taking part in Cooking Matters, “really opened my eyes. I enjoyed the class and these simple changes are feasible. I would take it a second time!”