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…

Minestrone Soup–Kids love to make this!

Minestrone Soup with Farro Serves 8 3 cups carrots, chopped 1 1/2 cups celery, chopped 1 bunch kale, chopped 1 whole onion, chopped 3 cups tomatoes, chopped or 1-28 ounce can diced tomatoes 2 quarts vegetable stock 2 tablespoons olive … Continue reading

I wish I had a nickel….

I have been asked so many times over the past 20 years how I get all the kids I teach to eat their veggies and other healthy foods. Two things come to mind: 1) Get them involved with the process–helping … Continue reading

Answers to the interview questions

I would love to make this trip across the country interviewing kids again to see if the answers to the below questions are similar. How we began Kids are much more intuitive and wise than most adults give them credit … Continue reading

DirectionFive and Staying at Home

We understand that the coronavirus has changed, well, everything. With your kids at home, let us help you with tips on kids in the kitchen. Here is the beginning of DirectionFive, which is the Culinary part of our program. DirectionOne … Continue reading

Minestrone Soup–a kids favorite.

We have made Minestrone Soup with all age kiddos so many times! It’s always a hit! Kids love to make it, and everyone loves to eat it. Minestrone Soup with Farro Serves 8 2 cups cannellini beans, cooked. You may … Continue reading


DirectionOne covers the basics: cells, the eleven body systems, nutrition, metabolism, dietary guidelines, safety and sanitation in the kitchen, and more. Understanding how your body system’s work and work together is vital to your good health. If you understand how … Continue reading

The Third Direction is Body/Earth Connection

The below is from the D5 teaching manual. We hope it’s useful for you and your kids! It’s a long Direction, but here are a few common terms to get you started. DirectionThree: The Body/Earth Connection  The whole problem of health, … Continue reading

Bone Health for Kids

Bone Health for Kids: Here are some basic facts about bone health for kids. Use this checklist when teaching groups of kids or your own children. Involve them by asking the questions and waiting for the answers. It’s really fun! … Continue reading

Always a Favorite! Spring Rolls.

The kids we have taught always loved this recipe–making them and eating them. Some prefer peanut butter and some almond butter; it’s up to you! Enjoy! Spring Rolls and Almond Dipping Sauce Servings: 12 SPRING ROLLS 2 small cucumbers, seeded … Continue reading

SafetyNEST: Healthier Babies

 Here is SafetyNEST’s Mission: Please peruse everything this wonderful group of women are doing, and then join me on April 5th at The Commonwealth in San Francisco, to meet them in person and to hear more. Here is the link … Continue reading

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