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Cooking Matters

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Walmart Foundation and The Motherhood.

I have mentioned many times that ending childhood hunger is a passion of ours. But one of my issues with programs to end childhood hunger is that often they solve the problem by feeding kids really unhealthy food. Which is obviously better than no food. But still. We can do better.

Last week I was able to learn about the latest partnership between The Walmart Foundation and Share Our Strength. Cooking Matters, is an amazing program that provides free classes at Walmart stores across the U.S. They help families shop, cook and eat on a budget. But best of all, they teach them how to do it in a healthy way.

    The Walmart Foundation has contributed 2.5 million dollars to Share Our Strength for this initiative. That provides107,500 families with access to Cooking Matters.

We have probably all heard over and over that eating healthy isn’t possible on a tight budget. Yet 85% of low income families say that eating healthy is important to them. Cooking Matters goes beyond just telling families they should add more fruits and veggies to their diet. They take them through Walmart stores providing hands on shopping experience, cooking techniques, and nutrition information.

They provide hour and a half sessions in store that focus on teaching four main skills:

  • Buying fruits and vegetables on a budget
  • Comparing unit prices
  • Reading food labels
  • Identifying whole grain foods

They also offer a six week course that teaches lessons including meal preparation, grocery shopping, food budgeting and nutrition. The net out is teaching families to feed a family of four for just $10 a meal.

And the food ideas were fantastic. They shared a few of their favorites with us and I have been loving this salad. So I thought I would share it with you:

NW Apple Salad

Northwest Apple Salad

2 medium Granny Smith apples
2 T raisins (or substitute dried cranberries)
3 T. plain yogurt
1 T. whole, shelled walnuts
1 T. honey

Combine first 4 ingredients and drizzle with honey. Enjoy!

Easy, healthy and delicious.

What is your favorite easy, healthy recipe?

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