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Jan Pinnington used to be a harried mother wrapped up in the nonstop demands of raising a family. Often, family meals were pre-packaged or from a drive-thru. One day, Pinnington had the realization that her 11-year old daughter couldn’t cook. The girl had never even learned to crack an egg!
Jan suddenly understood that not only she had denied her daughter basic cooking skills, but also the special gift of time spent together. Jan invited her daughter and several of her school friends to learn how to prepare healthy meals and snacks.
Her work with these kids was so successful that Pinnington wondered if there was a way to turn her idea into a money-making venture from her home in Irmo, South Carolina. She felt sure she could train other stay-at-home moms to do what she had done. Pinnington started Healthy Hands Cooking, a training course where mothers can supplement their family’s income while helping kids learn about nutrition and cooking.
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Ever wonder how much sugar is REALLY in the foods our kids eat? Why not play this simple game at home and teach them how to calculate the sugar in their favorite foods...
Every food label tells a story. To calculate the sugar in these "healthy" granola bars, scan down the label until you find "Sugars". As you can see, each serving of granola bars has 10g of sugar. So what does that mean?
In order to calculate the teaspoons of sugar per serving, take the grams of sugar and divide them by 4. For example, 10 divided by 4 = 2.5 teaspoons of sugar. Now, ask your child to measure 2 1/2 teaspoons of sugar into a plastic cup so that they can visually see how much actual sugar is in their food.
Try this with their favorite foods like sweetened cereal, soda, cookies, or juice. You will quickly see how much sugar they are ingesting in a day. One serving of soda can have up to 8 TEASPOONS of sugar!
This simple game can really open their eyes and yours to the hidden amounts of sugar in the foods they eat!
It's hard to believe that 2013 is just around the corner with so many wonderful new things happening here at HHC.
We launched our Certified Instructor Program on May 4, 2012, teaching caring adults how to start their own healthy cooking business from scratch.
Since its launch, HHC has helped start 27 new healthy cooking businesses from scratch (25 women-owned and 2 men-owned) and has helped 4 additional existing female business owners (gym owners and consultants) to add Healthy Hands Cooking to their current business model resulting in additional revenue for their gym or consultant business.
Healthy Hands Cooking is constantly seeking to partner with like-minded organizations that can help them live out their mission: "To empower and educate our youth with the critical skill of healthy cooking, nutrition, and fun fitness so they can make informed decisions for a lifetime of wellness. To reach these kids nationally through a network of trained and certified self-employed instructors who can help fight obesity and related illnesses."
We have proudly partnered with "Lifeskills for Women" a 501c3 organization in existence to help women attain financial sustainability. This partnership allows HHC to apply for grants which in turn is used to provide instructor scholarships for women who would not normally be able to invest in business start-up.
We have proudly partnered with Michele Obama's "Chefs Move to Schools" program which provides an avenue for their instructors to provide free services to schools.
We proudly connect their instructors with one-on-one business counseling support to help instructors grow their business and gain confidence in their ability to run and maintain their own business.
Healthy Hands Cooking has also partnered with the Department of Agriculture by incorporating MyPlate nutrition training into their programs and raising awareness and credibility for the new instructor joining HHC.
Going into 2013, The University of South Carolina's Darla Moore School of Business has chosen HHC for a class marketing project from fourth year marketing students to help HHC hone in on their target market more effectively. This is an exciting research study and execution plan that is sure to bring focus to HHC in 2013.
We are also excited to announce a new partnership with Splash Omnimedia for website development, media execution, and public relations. This new partnership will allow instructors to have their own centralized instructor page on the HHC website allowing them to book classes right online without having to create their own websites themselves.
As well, we will be offering extended services in 2013 with added birthday parties, advanced classes, summer camps, and a comprehensive after school program designed to improve a child's health, create jobs, and become self-sustaining in just a few short years.
All in all, HHC is on the verge of explosion as we seek an army of instructors across the nation to help us reach kids with the critical life skill of nutrition and healthy cooking.
As 2012 comes to a close, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your support and belief in our vision. We hope you have a peace-filled and blessed Christmas, and look forward to serving you in 2013 as a new instructor, a new student, or both!
We had a great time at the 26th Annual Chili Cook-Off in Five Points, Columbia, SC!
My kids aren't big fans of chili, but this recipe keeps them coming back for more. We sold out of 5 gallons of chili in less than 2 hours at the recent chili cook-off, and many of our customers came back for seconds! This chili is slightly on the sweet side, not spicy at all, and has a fun twist with added pasta, all-natural wieners, and topped with shredded cheese and Goldfish crackers.
1 tsp grapeseed oil
1 sweet onion, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, pressed
1 lb. extra lean ground beef (93/7)
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 small can vegetarian baked beans
1 - 24 oz Italian Garden Spaghetti Sauce
2 all-natural wieners (Oscar Mayer, no preservatives, all-beef), sliced thinly
1 - 8 oz package of fresh, whole wheat 3 cheese tortellini
Toppings: shredded cheese & Goldfish crackers
Heat oil in pan and saute onion and garlic until soft and translucent. Transfer to a bowl. In same pan, brown the beef, chili powder, cumin powder, and pepper. When no longer pink, fold the onion and garlic in. Transfer to a pot or crock pot.
Add the baked beans, spaghetti sauce, and thinly sliced wieners. Simmer over low heat for approximately 2 hours, stirring occasionally, adding water if necessary to thin).
Add the tortellini and gently fold with a large spoon. Allow the tortellini to cook and soften about 8-10 minutes.
Serve in a bowl and top with shredded cheese and Goldfish crackers.
We had a great time participating in the SC Farmer's Market BOOnanza this past Friday, Oct 26th! Many thanks to Jackie Moore, Elizabeth Shuler, and Beth Crocker for inviting Healthy Hands Cooking to join in the fun! We ran out of treats twice in the first hour!
Help us win a $25,000 Small Business Grant from FedEx! 100% of the grant will pay for FREE cooking classes for kids. Click here or click on the image below and vote NOW! Voting ends Nov 24, 2012. Tell your friends! EVERY VOTE COUNTS! VOTE EVERY DAY! Thank you!
Why not encourage your child to make their own holiday gift this season for teachers, coaches, and friends?
Each child can make their own "Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Mix" made with wholesome ingredients, beautifully layered in a glass keepsake jar, and finished with a custom gift tag, ribbon, and instructions for baking. Great for teachers, coaches, friends, sisters, aunts, and moms.
Each cookie jar gift is only $10. Make as many as you like!
When: Saturday, December 1, 2012
Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m. - drop-in event
Where: 114 Signal Lane, Irmo, SC 29063 - Home of Jan Pinnington
Registration is required for supply purposes.
Directions: I-26W to Exit 101A Ballentine, SC. Take Broad River Road into Ballentine. Turn left on Marina Road, Right on Beacon Point Drive/Road, Right on Signal Lane.
Your Certified Instructor is: Jan Pinnington - firstname.lastname@example.org, PH: 803-960-4572