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Healthy Hands Cooking classes 

When: “Have a Souper Day” is on Monday, April 10, from 4 to 6 p.m.; “Yummy Munchies” is on Monday, April 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. 
Where: Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 W. Broadway, Derry 
Cost: $35 per class. Register online by the Saturday before the class. 
Visit: healthyinstructor.com/andrea-younie




Wholesome fun
Kids’ healthy cooking classes offered in Derry

04/06/17
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



When Andrea Younie of Derry discovered Healthy Hands Cooking, a nutrition-focused cooking class curriculum for kids, she knew it was something she wanted to provide for kids living in southern New Hampshire. 

“What really drew me to it is that it’s not just a ‘let’s cook something and eat it’ class,” she said. “There’s the nutrition piece to it, and it also teaches safety in the kitchen, so it gives kids a good base of information for what they can do in the kitchen, now and in their future.” 
Younie became a certified Healthy Hands instructor last year and is starting classes at The Marion Gerrish Community Center in Derry this month and through the Milford and Merrimack recreation departments in May. 
The first class, happening Monday, April 10, from 4 to 6 p.m., is “Have a Souper Day” for kids ages 8 through 13. It starts with a game to teach the kids about different kinds of healthy ingredients they can use in homemade soups. Then, they’ll receive step-by-step instruction to make a few easy soup recipes, going through the whole process from chopping up the ingredients to cooking the soups on the stove. Recipes may include things like tomato soup, egg drop soup, garden veggie soup, creamy cheese soup or a strawberry cold soup. 
“It’s about increasing kids’ awareness of nutritional eating and what [healthy ingredients are] out there, so when they go home, they’ll have some ideas of what to look for or what to ask their parents for,” Younie said. 
The “Yummy Munchies” class on Monday, April 17, from 4 to 6 p.m., teaches kids ages 5 through 13 about healthy snacking. There will be a game to help them learn about what constitutes a healthy snack, followed by a time to make two to four recipes for fun and nutritious snacks such as ants on a log, funny fruity faces, inside-out sandwiches and chocolate banana-raspberry smoothies. 
“That class doesn’t involve cooking as much as it does just preparing things,” Younie said. “These [recipes] would be a great activity for kids to do when they get home after school.”
All ingredients and materials for the classes will be provided, and the kids will have a chance to eat their snacks afterward. They’ll also be sent home with the recipes so they can try making them on their own. 
Younie said she plans on continuing the classes in Derry a couple times a month. 
“I feel like, if we’re going to have healthy adults, we have to start when they’re kids,” she said. “We have to teach them what they need to know to become healthy adults.”





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