There is no denying that nowadays cooking can be considered a universal art form and
trying to achieve a fairly good command of this skill within an organized environment while
actually having fun and learning something useful can open doors to manifold stages of evolution.
On this premise we set one of the project targets: to raise students’ awareness about the
importance of leading a healthy life beyond the general desire of looking slim. This is why the
students taking part in the Erasmus+ project attended various workshops designed to boost their
cookery knowledge and skills in addition to highlighting the impact of intelligent eating as opposed
to unconscious dieting.
There is clear evidence to suggest that over the years the idea of following a healthy diet
has become an important trend in celebrities’ life and teenagers should not be the exception. While
it is common knowledge that theoretically society encourages people towards a healthy lifestyle, in
practice there is still much scope for improvement in terms of finding a balanced diet.
The hustle and bustle of today’s society has reached such a point that it actually calls for
quite a genuine competence in mastering healthy eating habits owing to the constant bombarding of
fast food and unhealthy products. That is why we thought it would be useful to devise a booklet
which would provide youngsters with the possibility of having quick and easy access to a few
international healthy dishes which can be prepared both fast and easily in the comfort of their own
home without spending too much money.
The present booklet is divided into 4 sections that present a short selection of traditional
recipes from Greek, Spanish, German, French and Romanian cuisine, all of which are aimed to
arouse interest in the importance of healthy eating, the benefits of home-made food and last but not
least, the advantages of gaining an insight into the secrets of international cuisine.
Throughout the cooking workshops, the students who took part in the Erasmus+ project
discovered that there are many types of healthy food and different ways to prepare it.
We would like to place emphasis on the fact that direct involvement in the cooking
activities enabled the youngsters to gain valuable insight into what healthy eating represents and
ensured that an increasing number of students showed an interest in reshaping eating habits and
trying to cook foods which are typical of other cultures.
We consider that both parents and teachers should foster the acquisition of knowledge about
adequate nutrition and the development of cooking skills within extra-curricular activities from an
early age. What really counts for teenagers is not only being informed or knowing what they should
eat, but benefitting from hands-on experience in actually preparing different recipes from distinct
cultures and finding what best suits their body.
In order to satisfy the need for personal success in a rushed global society, prone to diverse
illnesses and misleading advertising campaigns, it also seems appropriate to place emphasis on the
importance of approaching students’ education from a food-oriented perspective if we want the
kids and teenagers of today to be the healthy adults of tomorrow. This can only be achieved by
getting them actively involved in both the purchase and preparation of their meals.
To conclude, the main concept to which we dedicated the cooking workshops and this short
booklet which gathers a selection of multicultural recipes revolves around the firm belief that it is
essential to promote healthy eating among youngsters and help them understand the importance of
following a balanced diet for a happy life.