Get Cookin’ With SPRING Learning Centre Hong Kong

September 21, 2013

Cooking with your children is a great family bonding activity, but it has developmental benefits too. Teaching your child about cooking is a great way to talk about health, nutrition, and to give your child a little bit of independence. So, where do you start? SPRING has a few easy tips and child-friendly recipes for you to try.


Be Patient

Cooking with your child will take longer than cooking alone. Take the time to teach your child about each ingredient and tool. It’ll also be a lot messier than cooking alone. Try laying a tray underneath their workstation to catch some of the crumbs that fall.

Be Prepared

Pick a recipe ahead of time based on your child’s tastes, the difficulty level, and how long it will take. Make sure you have all the ingredients and tools needed ahead of time. Make sure you and your child are wearing clothes that can get dirty and that dangerous tools stay out of reach.

Be Educational and Fun

Talking through the recipe is a great way to get children to recognize words and practice their reading skills. It’s also great for teaching how to follow instructions. If a recipe calls for a certain weight, help your child with math by adding, subtracting, and measuring. Cooking is the perfect time to talk about hygiene. Make sure your child washes up before, during, and after cooking, as well as rinses off vegetables and raw meats. But most importantly, make sure your child has fun! Let them touch, smell, and taste along the way.


Now it’s time to get cookin’! Try this kid-friendly Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe to start. Do you have any cooking tips or family-friendly recipes? Share in the comments below!

For more advice, tips, and more, visit SPRING online. Parents and carers are invited to come check out SPRING and say hello to the team. Discovery Classes are available to see what SPRING has to offer first-hand. Course descriptions are available for each programme.


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JiaPin Beauty Shares the Benefits of Cold Pressed Oil

January 18, 2013

Ring in the new year with a healthier, new you. Keep your body detoxified with only the best ingredients and JiaPin Beauty’s help! Oil is a commonly used product: we use it in cooking, baking, and even in the products we use in our hair and on our skin. But do you know what types of oil are best for your health?

Cold pressed oils are hands down the healthiest way to go. Cold pressed oils can be made from a variety of fruits, vegetables, and seeds through grinding and heating below 120ºF. Research has shown that applying too much heat to oil reduces the quality of the flavor and degrades the nutritional value.

Why choose cold pressed? Cold pressed oils are less susceptible to toxins and chemicals because of the low amount of heat used. In conventional extraction, raw materials can be heated up to 450ºF, which changes chemical structure. Cold pressed oils are more natural in their use of raw ingredients, while conventional oils are often made with chemicals like hexane- well known for causing health problems. Cold pressed oils also have a much better flavor than regular oils and are especially good for salad dressings.

Cold pressed oil can be made from just about any ingredient. The most common cold pressed oils are made from peanut, sunflower, pumpkin, flax seed, avocado, and olive oils. When buying cold pressed oils for the first time, it’s important to know the brand you are buying from adheres to cold pressed regulations. The term “cold pressed” is subject to different regulations depending on where in the world it was made, so make sure to do your research! Cold pressed oils are not usually recommended for cooking; some can’t handle the high heat and the complex flavor will be ruined.

For information on how to maintain a healthy body and mind visit JiaPin Beauty online: http://www.jiapin-beauty.com/. Or ‘like’ us on Facebook.