Allowing your child to help you cook and be a part of what’s being served at your home for dinner can be so valuable, it can embed values and skills that can last a lifetime. When children are exposed to cooking and preparing nutritious foods at a young age it will help them make better food choices as they get older.
To make cooking interesting, you can involve your child in the menu planning and grocery shopping for your family. Kids love to experiment, so adding variety in your meals by trying new foods and ingredients can be quite entertaining and enjoyable for them. Let them pick the recipe and the meal of choice, they’ll love it!!
Here are some ways children can help in the kitchen:
– Wash the fruits and vegetables
– Choose the spices of choice
– Let them be your special helper by asking them to collect items out of the fridge and cupboards
– Stirring ingredients
– Let them invent a new recipe for a smoothie or salad
– Have them choose a food from each food group that will make up a delicious meal
– Depending on their age, let them use small appliances like a toaster, blender, grader or can opener
Try this with the children in your life, they will have a blast!!
Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador