Obesity is the most common nutritional disorder in the world and is at epidemic proportions in Ireland with some very worrying statistics:
- Two out of five Irish adults are overweight, and one in four is obese.
- One in five Irish teenagers between 13 and 17 is obese.
- 22% of children aged 5 to 12 year old are obese.
- It is estimated that by 2030 Ireland will have the highest rate of obesity in Europe.
Our busy lives mean we prepare less home cooked meals, overly relying on fast and convenience food and when we do cook, it feels like it is much easier not to involve the kids.
Therefore parents and subsequently our children are not becoming food literate. Food literacy is our understanding of how our food choices impact our health and our environment.
Consumption of high sugar-ladened food means children are becoming more and more overweight and are leaving home without the vital knowledge and skills associated with food literacy, not being able to make the right food choices to give them a long and healthy life.
Saucepan Kids was an idea, dreamt up in early 2012. For a long time we have involved our three young children in cooking and we think this is a major factor in their wide and varied appetites.
We believe that through doing this we can teach our children food literacy – the value of food, where it comes from and how to eat responsibly when they are adults. We also want to share this with other families, hence this blog.
We are not trained chefs or nutritionalists, just normal parents cooking for their family. Not all of the recipes on the site would be considered healthy as we feel that should allow yourself and the kids treats from time to time as this gives them a healthy outlook – everything in moderation. We have marked where there is added sugar in recipes to help identify how much sugar you and your kids are consuming.
We also believe that as well as giving them valuable information, through growing, cooking and eating together, families can have lots of fun.
Some of the recipes on the site are our own, some from family and friends and some are from our favourite chefs. We also adapt recipes to our own tastes and what is left in the cupboard.
We make sure we include how the children can help and also tips for helping encouraging them to eat what you make.
If you’ve any comments, experiences or recipes you’d like to share, please let us know, we’d love to hear.