Wholesome, nutritious food choices start with Healthy Habits

Knorr and Millie Peartree teach members of the Boys & Girls Club an easy recipe as part of its Healthy Habits program, photo provided by Knorr
Knorr and Millie Peartree teach members of the Boys & Girls Club an easy recipe as part of its Healthy Habits program, photo provided by Knorr /

When a person talks about Healthy Habits, the concept is more than a general idea of healthy eating. Beyond the concept of incorporating fruits and vegetables into a dish, that foundation of making positive food choices is an idea that crosses ages and demographics. But, the concept needs to a lifelong journey.

While the family mealtime takes on all different looks, the reality is that making wholesome, nutritious food available to all communities is vital. Those Healthy Habits don’t magically appear with the wave of a wand. It requires a desire to take action.

Although access to food can be a barrier, communities and families have to appreciate the options that are available to them. While it can be convenient to order fast food or other quick service options, the dollars spent might not have the value that is perceived. Even though life always has balance, the truth is that home cooked meals are more than just satisfying a hunger at mealtime. They provide the foundation to good choices for a lifetime.

Recently, Knorr partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to foster a conversation on creating healthy habits both on and beyond the plate. From offering culinary classes in various locations to providing lifestyle support, this collaboration looks to offer all the tools to set both kids and families on the track for success.

According to Bentley King, Director of Scratch Cooking North America at Unilever, Knorr looks to highlight how delicious, nutritious meals are easily made in the home kitchen. “The belief that wholesome, nutritious food should be accessible and affordable to all is engrained in everything we do at Knorr.” Via education and access, the idea is to show that cooking, not ordering, is a viable solution for anyone looking to implement Healthy Habits.

During a recent event with Chef Millie Peartree, the celebrated chef led a group of young cooks in an easy-to-follow recipe for chicken teriyaki rice lettuce wraps. Building on a restaurant favorite dish, Peartree’s version showed how to make a simple, flavorful, cost-effective meal that the whole family will like. Given that the dish was just a couple of dollars per serving, it proves that Healthy Habits are attainable with the right tools.

While Peartree guided the young cooks throughout a cooking demo, the biggest takeaway wasn’t necessarily that inexperienced cooks can master this recipe, that the recipe can be adapted to various flavor profiles or even that the ingredients were cost effective. It is about the cooking experience.

The old phrase about teaching a man to fish has the same application in the kitchen. Teaching someone to cook and giving them the tools to embrace that culinary creativity is a gift for a lifetime.

That package of Knorr seasoned rice on the shelf is an invitation to the kitchen, a bounty of possibilities and a desire to explore what is possible. Instead of another flavorless meal from a brown bag, the seasonings open the door to what food can be. It doesn’t take a tremendous amount of time, but it does take a willingness to open the container and see where the possibilities take you.

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Are you ready to develop some Healthy Habits? The kitchen is open and Knorr has a shelf full of opportunities waiting.