JUST COOK 4 Healthy Ageing is an 4 session cooking class focused on cooking affordable meals for one or two. The focus is on meeting the Food and Nutrition Guidelines for older people.
build cooking skills
Inspire cooking motivation and confidence
Improved knowledge of healthy food choices
Easy to make recipes
How to cook meals on a restricted budget
Opportunity to meet new people
Just Cook is suitable for men and women who:
Are over 65 or over (55 and affected by age-related diseases)
Live alone or with one other person
Want to improve cooking skills, confidence or motivation around cooking
Understand nutritional needs
Just Cook 4 Healthy Ageing is free to attend. Everything, including the ingredients for the cooking class and recipe book are provided.
The recipe book is ideal for older people cooking for one or two people. The recipes use readily available ingredients and are quick and easy to prepare as well as nutritious and delicious.
JUST COOK 4 Ageing is a New Zealand Nutrition Foundation (NZNF) programme
Why should you attend a JUST COOK class?
The free lessons include tips on meal planning, making economical choices, and keeping your meals healthy and nutritious, plus you get to eat what you prepare.
Sharing food and cooking for others provides motivation for cooking which is important for many people who live on their own and find that meals become a boring necessity. When meals become unattractive it can lead to a lack of appetite, poor nutrition and a number of related health concerns.
Working in pairs in the class, you will create some wonderful recipes including quiches, stir fry, fruit smoothies, mini pies, chilli con carne, and yummy fruit crumble. During the sessions you will learn to prepare and cook a variety of food making a complete balanced and nutritious menu.
The JUST COOK programme has a bonus social by-product too. It is a fun programme where people come together for the common purpose of learning to cook for themselves so friendships are bound to develop. As well as enjoying the company of others people can take away a greater sense of wellbeing, the ability to fend a little better for themselves and are less socially isolated.