Beyond encouraging drinking kale, ginger, and apple raw juices, munching chia seed cupcakes, and packing all-organic lunches, you know what the food savvy elite are doing to make sure that their kids are eating healthy? Ensuring that their nannies know how to cook well.
Don’t know where to begin when it comes to ensuring that your nanny knows how to cook well? Not to worry, there are people that can do that for you. Just call marc+mark, a “nanny consulting service” that basically comes up with healthy meal plans for your kids and then teaches your nanny how to implement said plan.
Featured in a recent New York Times article, the service operates in New York City, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and allows for parents to ensure that their kids are getting more than a dish of macaroni and cheese (come on, isn’t that what everyone was served when they had a babysitter?). “Some of these nannies already do the cooking in the family, but they’re throwing chicken fingers in the oven, or worse, the microwave — they’re doing the bare minimum,” co-founder Marc Leandro told the Times.
So how does it all work? The consultants sit down with you, talk about your own and your child’s eating habits then put together a plan, which includes 20 to 30 customized recipes. After that is completed, nannies get a two-day session where they learn all about the customized cookbook and the new recipes that they will now be making for the children. Price tag for all this? $2,500.
While $2,500 could practically buy you stock in a millet farm, some parents believe that this is the way to get their children to really enjoy food. “We want to give Erela the advantage of having a palate diversified enough to enjoy all of the delicious food from around the world,” Stephanie Johnson, a client of marc+mark said.
All you can hope is that your kid doesn’t trade his or her artisan rye bread sandwich with sautéed mushrooms and chard when they get to the lunchroom.
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