Born and raised in Romania, my lifestyle and eating habits were very different from most American families. We cooked everything from scratch and most families had their own gardens. I grew up watching seeds become plants and tasting everything fresh; giving me an intimate understanding of what was on my plate.
Cooking had always been a passion of mine but I began to see food and its preparation in a new way when I had my son Aristo. Raising him in California, I wanted him to know food the way I had growing up. I wanted him to develop a palette for healthy foods, find a way around his picky eating, and cook meals we could enjoy together. I started to learn how children’s taste buds tolerate flavors differently from adults and how “the looks” of a plate is a big deal for kids.
I realized how important it is to involve your child in cooking and preparing their food. Knowing, touching, and tasting the ingredients is an important way of learning to try and like new foods. My son has become the sous chef in my healthy kitchen, helping me to prepare meals, choosing ingredients he wants to try, and of course taste testing all the new recipes I think up. Transforming meals into important moments for education, bonding, and play has changed the way my family approaches food and our shared time together eating. Food is a tool for nourishing the body and the soul, and I hope to inspire families and their children to embrace a healthy and connected lifestyle.
Dana Trataris is stay at home mother and an aficionado of healthy food alternatives living in Los Angeles. She received her BS in Psychology at Titu Maiorescu Bucharest and studied to become a Health Coach at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Trataris works as a private health coach, helping clients to choose the best products and foods to suit their needs. Currently, Trataris is teaching healthy cooking workshops for parents and their children to engage new and healthy foods in an exciting and educational way.