Do you have a picky eater? Or maybe you simply want your child to eat more fruits and veggies. One solution is to include her in the kitchen. Studies show that cooking together not only helps you spend quality family time, but also encourages children to try new foods and makes them more likely to eat healthfully as adults.
Celebrate National Nutrition Month by trading food battles for meal prep with your child. Our Snacktivity videos provide cooking activities that are fun and easy for you and your child to do together. And these recipes incorporate natural ingredients, so you can feel good about what you’re making!
Cooking provides a hands-on experience, teaching children skills they can use for the rest of their lives. With this recipe for Krispy Kale Chips, you and your child can wash, toss and season your way to an antioxidant-packed treat.
Dr. Laura Jana, Primrose Schools Education Advisory Council member and pediatrician, encourages cooking with children and has smart and simple ideas for integrating healthy choices at home in Practical Tips for Raising a Healthy Child. Establish healthy habits at home by preparing snacks like Awesome Applesauce.
Positive cooking experiences can help build self-confidence – children feel accomplished when they contribute to the family, and Rutgers found that including children in meal prep fosters togetherness and leads to better results in school. Use this recipe for ABC Pudding to give your child a confidence boost in the kitchen.
Use these three Snacktivities and enjoy spending quality time together in the kitchen as you introduce and try new foods. You never know – you might even turn your child into a kale lover!
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