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Class Information

Below are the date, time, location, and outline for this class.

Healthy Family Meals on a Budget

Taught by Robyn Whitworth


Day Time Location
Friday, August 2 9 a.m. Taylor 276
Friday, August 2 1 p.m. Taylor 276
Robyn Whitworth

Robyn Whitworth


Whitworth received her Bachelor’s of Business Management and her Associate’s of Applied Sciences in Culinary Arts, from BYU-Idaho

As an adjunct faculty member at BYU-Idaho she had the opportunity to teach basic baking techniques to university students and had her eyes opened not only to the positive aspect that learning to confidently cook has on young adults, but also to the importance of the skill to basic living.

As a mother of four she has come to understand the importance of nutrition for children at all stages of life as well as the importance of teaching them in the home about cooking, food preparation, where our food comes from and how to grow their own food.

Having a husband diagnosed with Celiac Disease (an intolerance to wheat, barley, and rye) has presented not only the opportunity for her to become a self motivated researcher for food allergies, but a food scientist in her own kitchen.

Whitworth was diagnosed with pre-diabetes in February 2012, and has researched the disease thoroughly as well as the causes and processes for reversal. She has successfully used the knowledge she gained about foods, diet, and exercise to successfully reverse her symptoms and achieve optimal health and physical fitness.

As a family of six—mom, dad, two boys and two girls, the Whitworth’s are the classic family. They love to play together on God's playground—the mountains, lakes, National Parks, and in their own backyard. They love music (especially belting out Disney songs), snuggling in the cool basement with a good movie and dad's kettle corn, gardening, jumping on the trampoline, and have a closet full of well used board games.

Whitworth is a self-motivated researcher. She enjoys traditional research with a theory, uncountable library visits and stacks of books with pages marked, medical and other professional journals all tagged on the computer, and finding conclusions and answers about things she wants to know the truth about—including gospel topics.

Piano playing and singing are hobbies that have blessed her family and the church.

She enjoys recreational running and she even has several races under her belt.

Class Outline

Healthy Cooking on a Budget
Home-cooked meals around the family table seem to becoming a lost art and practice. Let's take a look at some simple things we can do to bring back nutritional eating with our families-and get back our health, hone our skills, and even keep a few extra dollars to our wallets.   

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define "healthy" for the purpose of this class. We understand that most foods in their whole, un-processed and uncooked form are initially healthy. Cooking techniques and additives may or may not affect the healthiness of the food. As Latter-day Saints, we understand that healthy foods are defined in the Word of Wisdom (D&C 89). Also through a few comparisons we can see that many processed and boxed foods are not as healthy as fresh foods.  
  2. Cooking at home is a skill that is being lost. Losing this skill will cause us to lose our freedom to choose nutritious preparation techniques as well as cause dependency on others to govern our health to a certain point as they are giving us the choices for food ("Home is Where the Hearty Is," Heidi Vriens, June 1981 Ensign.) Cooking is also a self-sufficiency skill. The Lord has told us throughout history to gain self-sufficiency skills in preparation for times of hardship or inconvenient circumstances, such as missions, leaving home, etc. (see The health of our family relationships is positively affected when we cook in the home and eat together as a family. ("Family Meals Matter- Staying Connected," Anita Gurian, accessed April 8, 2013, NYU Child Study Center.)    
  3. Our Latter-day leaders have counseled us that using a budget for family finances is a key to financial security ( As food is a constant need, it is also constantly tugging at the finances and must be recognized as a budget-able item that will make a difference to the "bottom line." Many people have very little idea how much they spend on food, and once it is recognized, it can almost always be drastically reduced. Through some real-life comparisons we will see that costing out different types of menus and individual meals can positively affect our budgets. Menu planning is necessary to gain complete control over our food expenses as well as keeping our independence with healthy cooking techniques as well as keeping freedom to choose our level of nutrition.     

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