“Everybody out of the kitchen!” It’s the end of the day and you’re exhausted. Getting dinner on the table can feel like a major feat. Sometimes it seems easier to just evacuate the kitchen to get the job done. But before you make the “kitchen ban” official, enlist your kids for some help. Research has identified that kids who help cook and are included in the family meal process are less picky and more accepting of new foods. Kids who cook also have been shown to make healthier choices than their non-cooking peers. Kids stuck at home with another snow day? Cooking together can be a great indoor activity. Getting the kids involved doesn’t have to be dangerous or messy, just choose age-appropriate tasks. A 3-year old can wash and tear lettuce, while an 8-year old can peel carrots or cucumbers. Kitchen scissor and kids knives are useful kid-friendly tools. Here is a great info-graphic from our friends over at Cook Smarts identifying kid-friendly tasks at each step of the cooking process for any age!
Looking for some recipe ideas? Here are links to some of my favorite:
Now get Cookin’ !
Katie Weller, MS, RD, LDN