Cooking with Your Kids

Gathering around the table for the evening meal is an important way to stay connected with your family. An even better way to spend quality time with your kids is to get them involved in making the family meal.

Cooking with your kids gives them a positive experience with healthy food while making lasting memories. Plus, kids are more likely to eat what they cook themselves. So, cooking together is an excellent way to introduce healthier food choices. That can be a big factor in helping to reduce and prevent childhood obesity.

  1. Create a kid-friendly kitchen. Gather tools such as sturdy bowls, plastic measuring cups and a safety knife. Cover your countertops with parchment paper to make clean up a breeze.
  2. Start simple. Begin with an easy recipe with few ingredients. Or if you’re making something more complicated, give your kids individual tasks, such as stirring or rinsing vegetables, to help contribute to the overall meal.
  3. Make something they like. Your kids will be more enthusiastic if the final product is one of their favorite foods. Ask them for input on what you should cook together.
  4. Do not interfere. As much as possible, let the kids do the work. You’ll be surprised at what they can do and they’ll have a stronger sense of accomplishment and a better love of cooking if you let them practice.
  5. Include them in the cleanup. Cooking is fun, but it’s important that kids learn the responsibility that comes from cleaning up after their time in the kitchen. After the cooking and the cleanup, comes the reward of a job well done and (hopefully) a delicious meal, too!

Invite your kids to cook with you this summer.

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