There’s something to be said about cooking a wholesome meal for you family, but even more can be said about cooking a healthy meal with help from your family. If you’re looking for a way to spend more time with your little ones while teaching them an invaluable skill - look no further. We’ll cover a few ways to get em’ smiling in the kitchen & eating healthy at the dinner table.
Seeing a 7-year-old whip up filet mignon & lobster would be impressive, but it’s a better idea to find something that’s suitable for your child’s age. You’ll find that recipes involving specific measurements will typically end in disaster. These healthy & easy pita pizzas are a great place to start!
Do Some Prep
A bit of preparation never hurt anyone. Depending on the age of the little one, it can be a good idea to get the chopping & some of the measuring out of the way. They’ll eventually be able to mince onions like a pro, but for now, it’s all about the basics.
Real Ingredients are Best
Cooking real food with your kids is an excellent opportunity to teach them about the benefits of eating healthy. It’s also a great way to get them used to eating a well-balanced diet - which will pay off big time in the long run.
Be Ready for a Mess
Messes happen, especially with kids in the kitchen. We learn from mistakes & it’s a great way to teach them to pick up after themselves – which might even lead to less dirty dishes in the future. Having some paper towels or a washcloth handy. Spare ingredients could be worth your while if your kiddo is particularly accident prone.
Make it a Regular Thing
The only way to improve a skill is through practice. By picking a day of the week to cook a meal, they’ll start to look forward to spending time in the kitchen. You’ll be building on a routine that can turn into a tradition.
Food has an interesting way of bringing people together, and there are many lessons that can be learned in the kitchen. By whipping up some healthy & delicious eats you’ll be teaching your child healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
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