Last weekend I was pretty thrilled to see the inspirational J.O live in the Sydney Opera House. He was here to talk about his Food Revolution movement, a global petition to make food education compulsory in every school, just like maths or geography.
Apart from being extremely charismatic and cute as he is on television, what compelled me most about his appearance was his absolute belief in every child’s human right to learn food education, since it helps create lifelong healthy eating habits.
Pretty important considering since many of us (me included!) grew up on white bread sandwiches, boxed cereals, meat pies and chicken nuggets… It was only up until my mid-20s that I realised the benefits of healthy eating!
The result of food ignorance, sadly, is that we’ve become one of the unhealthiest nations on the planet.
I loved it when he said that some of the poorest people in the world make some of the best food in the world, and also have the health to prove it. We really don’t need white aprons and fancy ingredients to enjoy good food.
The best thing about Jamie’s campaign is that he’s all about doing it in such a fun way. While the show was mostly skewed towards getting young kids and parents to enjoy cooking from scratch, as well as the best alternatives to sugar, processed foods and takeaways (homemade pancakes beats a bowl of Frosties any day), I took away some very handy healthy cooking tips.
Here are my faves:
* To make an easy-as silky omelette, whisk two eggs with a bit of salt and put it in a large pan and cook on each side for 1-2 mins. Serve with tomatoes, smashed avocado, basil and olive oil. Yum!
* If you can’t get organic free-range eggs, go for barn eggs, but avoid factory eggs. Pasture raised eggs are full of quality protein, healthy fat and vitamin D.
* To make your own flavoured-infused honey, put a cinnamon stick or scrape a vanilla pod into a jar of it. Raw honey is so much better for you than white refined sugar.
If you care enough for food education being taught in schools, which will help combat global obesity, it literally takes only two seconds to sign his petition here.