North London sisters Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley popped into Parliament Hill School to teach students how to conjure up sweet treats without using refined sugar.They demonstrated and taught a group of students to make ‘Tahini Bliss Balls’, one of their many sugar-free, tasty but healthy snacks. As well as tahaini, the snack contained Goji berries and Cacao powder.
The sibling foodies who recently knocked Jamie Oliver off the Amazon cookery book number one spot with 'The Art of Eating Well', visited the school as part of a pioneering ten-week healthy eating programme funded by the Alexandra Wylie Tower Foundation (AWTF).
Jasmine Hemsley said she found the Parli students "completely inquisitive and willing to try new tastes. They showed lots of initiative and wanted to know everything.” Jasmine alsoexplained that “our mother encouraged us to get into the kitchen at an early age.”
AWTF is a Highgate based charity that supports local children. The course has been made possible thanks to the generosity of local people who helped to raise funds for AWTF’s food programme by coming along to the charity’s ‘Pinknic’ in Waterlow Park at the beginning of September.
AWTF’s founder Lindsey Wylie said: “We are excited to have this opportunity to improve awareness of the importance of healthy eating. The aim of the course is to show how easy it is to prepare healthy, inexpensive and delicious snacks and meals. We are delighted to be working with Parliament Hill School to give children the skills to prepare nutritious meals at home.”
Lola Ross, founder of teen nutrition blog CANTEEN and course facilitator, said:
"The programme aims to make learning about healthy eating exciting and give teenagers attainable practical tools. Among other things, the girls will be visiting a local supermarket and participating in cooking sessions where they will learn to make cheap, fast and healthy meals forteens-on-a budget. We will be looking at the physiology of maintaining a healthy blood sugar balance - a key factor in type II diabetes prevention - which is affecting more and young people than previously."
The Hemsley sisters are not the first special guest tutors on the course. Two weeks ago, model and lifestyle blogger Tia Ward came into school to speak to the students about the link between healthy eating and beauty.
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