Nicholls offers youth culinary camp

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THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Nicholls State University plans to offer a culinary camp for youngsters.

The Daily Comet reported (http://bit.ly/1mVgS4S) the Kids in the Kitchen camp will team registered dietitians and Nicholls dietetics faculty with campers to prepare healthy.

“We wanted to offer a class for kids so that they could learn basic kitchen skills, basic cooking skills and some nutrition along with it, like why these foods are healthy for me,” said Elizabeth Sloan, a Nicholls dietetics program instructor.

Sloan said the camp, which is for children 9-14 years old, could change how they eat.

“We feel that there is a lot of research that children will alter their eating habits if they’re more involved in the process of picking out foods, shopping for foods and preparing foods,” she said.

There will be two separate weeklong sessions, the first from 1-5 p.m. on June 2-6 and the second from 8 a.m.-noon on June 9-13.

Campers will learn the importance of kitchen safety, how to properly measure ingredients and new recipes to help make some of their favorite foods more healthy.

The goal is to make cooking fun and easy for children while teaching them the importance of healthy habits, Sloan said.

“We’ll make Smoothies one day. I saw an idea for a fruit sushi roll that kids can eat for breakfast. And we’ll also look at easy things that they can prepare for lunch,” she said.

Children will be taught how to make macaroni and cheese healthier by using whole wheat pasta, low-fat cheeses and low-fat milk, she added.

Sloan said she hopes campers will use their new skills to help their parents in the kitchen, take charge of cooking their own meals and promote healthy eating.

The camp has a limit of 18 students per session. Registration is $140 for each weekly session.

More information and registration is available by contacting the university’s office of continuing education at 985-448-4444.

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Information from: Daily Comet, http://www.dailycomet.com

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