DirectionFive is a Culinary and Nutrition Program for Kids

Our programs are based on in-depth interviews with kids from all walks of life, in thirty-five states. We listened to what the kids said they wanted and needed to learn in order to lead healthier, happier lives. We balanced their input with science and our experience. DirectionFive Culinary and Nutrition Program is a new model of health education inspired by kids, for kids. Learn More...

No Kid Hungry!

If you’re an educator, of simply someone who can’t bear the thought of a hungry child, please join me to hear Debbie Shore, co-founder of Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on June 21st. … Continue reading

Macronutrients and Mustard Vinaigrette

For this class you can begin by teaching about protein. You could dry toast some nuts to put in the salad for a protein source or grill some chicken or salmon or other fish. Carbohydrates and fats/lipids can be taught … Continue reading

Physical Fitness

If you’re teaching a class in the winter months and perhaps it’s pouring rain, you might do what we do. Make a nice pot of soup, and while it’s simmering, have the kids stand against the wall, and see who … Continue reading

Life on a Farm

Life on a Farm is part of DirectionThree: how our Earth’s health affects our health and vice versa. Kids love this Life on a Farm lesson. If we teach this in the morning, we might make a veggie scramble with … Continue reading

Garden Cake

We all know that kids eat way too much sugar, so at DirectionFive, we encourage healthy eating, with desserts being an occasional treat. When we do have desserts we ‘tweak’ recipes so that they contain healthier ingredients. That said, we … Continue reading

Seasonal Eating and Asparagus Quiche

Local Foods: When you choose local and organic food, the food hasn’t traveled across the country, or world for that matter, and again is more nutritious and certainly tastes better. You are also supporting your local farmers and local economy. … Continue reading

A Basic Sauce and Biochemical Individuals

Béchamel Sauce with Variations The sauce everyone should know how to make Serves 4 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil 2 tablespoons flour 1 cup warmed milk 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1 pinch nutmeg, freshly ground, optional Heat the … Continue reading

Macronutrients: Protein and Chicken Noodle Soup

Macronutrients: Macro means large and nutrients are needed for your body’s survival. There are three macronutrients: proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Protein Protein is from the Greek word, ‘proto’ meaning first or of first quality. Protein is an umbrella word for … Continue reading

Pan Sizes and Garden Cake

The importance of pan sizes: You just made your favorite brownie recipe, which calls for a 9” X 9” pan. If you cook brownies that call for a 9” X 9” pan in a 9” X 13” pan, the batter … Continue reading

Safety and Sanitation. Oat Bran Muffins

Safety and Sanitation: Before you enter the kitchen, tie your hair back if you have long hair, and if you’re sick, stay out of the kitchen altogether. Next wash your hands in warm, soapy water. If you have any cuts … Continue reading

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