Getting kids into the kitchen and connecting with the outdoors
Nature's Kitchen's curriculum focuses on both healthy eating and healthy moving! In a day and age where children are more influenced by technology than nature, it’s worthwhile to invest every opportunity into getting them moving and involved with the environment while still learning easy to-go recipes. The goal of this camp is to plan a local mini hike as well as to prepare foods that can nourish us along the way. The benefits of this camp extend further than the handful of days we spend together as children learn to prepare their own meals and snacks to use during the school year.
A day in Nature's Kitchen:
Guest Speakers Create Interactive Learning Environments
Nature's Kitchen features amazing guest speakers who direct various activities. We focus on creating a connection between the mind, body, food, and environment surrounding us.
In August 2016, Alana Morgan Eberts, a seasoned yoga instructor and practical nurse in training, lead our young campers on a mindfulness and yoga session in nature. Alana discussed how various mindful activities and yoga poses pave the way for a healthy mind and body.
To wrap up our Nature's Kitchen camp with a bang, we had a park interpreter, Adria, from Metro Vancouver Regional Parks, take us through Pacific Spirit Park. This activity was an awesome experience for our campers to enjoy an educational tour of the outdoors and understand the ecosystem through activities and games. Even the leaders had a great time and learned a lot!
Food is Fresh, Nutritious and Fun to Prepare
Kids learn foodsafe and knife skills as well as proper clean up for cooking. Each camper receives a dietitian-approved recipe booklet of all dishes they create and can make at home with their families. The recipes chosen are focused on foods that are easy to prepare, and are suitable for school lunches, after-school activities and hikes. We featured foods like Roasted Chicken Pita Pockets with homemade Hummus, Layered Rainbow Asian Salad, and Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas (a crowd favourite).
The faces behind the magic at nutriFoodie
nutriFoodie Registered Dietitian & Founder: Cristel Moubarak
Cristel is an industry and culinary dietitian, nutrition educator and entrepreneur of nutriFoodie, with a great passion in home cooking and nutrition program development. Cristel builds and organizes all the nutriFoodie camps in reference to the BC Curriculum and mentors dietetics and nutrition students in the process of leading them.
"My favourite part of the camps are the kids and parents' feedback afterwards - knowing that we can make a difference in someone's future is the main drive behind my fierce passion."
Camp Instructor: Mary Cao
Mary is a 3rd year Dietetic Student at UBC who loves learning how to cook different foods, baking, and working with children. Mary is also an avid hiker in the Summer and a snowboarding enthusiast in the Winter.
"I feel pretty lucky to be an instructor at nutriFoodie camps this year. I am super excited to share my love and passion for food and the outdoors with all the campers!"
nutriFoodie's Extraordinary Team of Volunteer Camp Leaders
Sharon is a 3rd year student studying Food, Nutrition and Health at UBC. She is passionate about community nutrition and food sustainability.
"I believe teaching kids the importance of nutrition and how to cook healthy meals are important skills in building strong communities. nutriFoodie bring this concept to life. It was amazing to watch the children learn and transform throughout the camp."
Raihan is going into third year at UBC as a Food, Nutrition & Health student. Some of her favourite activities include gardening, cooking, and spending time with friends.
"I believe that food it a great way to bring communities together and build connections between people. In my experience, food has been a fantastic medium for relationship building."
Sonella is a 3rd year student at UBC studying nutritional sciences and is extremely passionate about healthy living. She loves the outdoors whether it's snowboarding in Whistler or jogging through the park.
"I'm really excited to be volunteering for nutriFoodie as it's a great opportunity for both the kids and I to learn and grow together. Watching them realize how amazing and capable they are of creating in the kitchen was the best part!"
Tracy is a Biomedical Engineer and freelance photographer based in the Greater Vancouver area. When she's not taking pictures for her personal blog, you will find her exploring the town for beautiful food spots or volunteering.
"I enjoyed working with nutriFoodie camps this summer most because of the amazing kids and food. I'm thankful to have shared my passion for photography throughout the weeks of the summer"
Ivy is a 4th year Food, Nutrition, and Health student at UBC who loves being healthy sharing her passion for food and cooking with children.
"nutriFoodie allows me to incorporate different aspects of health such as teaching, cooking, and eating healthy meals! I'm most looking forward to being able to volunteer for an organization that shares the same passion as I do."
What do our campers think about our camps?
This fella is one of our highlights this week; his enthusiasm was contagious and he was very supportive of his team - always an admirable quality.
Thank you so much for being nutriFoodie superfan!!
We hope to see you in the fall :)