Easy Ways to Teach Your Kids About Cooking
It’s never too early to start teaching your kids about healthy eating. Cooking with your kids is an excellent way to help them learn about healthy foods and teach them skills to last a lifetime. Lorna Shaw-Hoeppner, a Registered Dietitian, shares her tips on how you can engage your kids in the kitchen:
• Squelching the Picky Eater: Take the ‘picky’ out of your ‘picky eater’ by helping him/her to learn about food. Research shows kids are more likely to try new foods and choose healthier foods when they help select and prepare the food.
• Building lifelong skills: Letting children watch you cook is excellent role modelling, but there is no better way to learn a skill than through hands-on experience. Help children learn to cook by letting them cook! You can also share information about the benefits of certain foods while you are cooking.
• Quality time together: Cooking together is a great way to reconnect with your kids after a busy day; it is also a wonderful way to pass on family traditions and recipes.
• No job (or child) too small: Be certain to keep jobs age appropriate in order to keep kids safe. As children get older their coordination and fine motor skills improve and they will be able to take on more responsibility. Be sure to teach them about kitchen and food safety.