I personally love to cook and I have always involved my children in the kitchen, even at a young age. It’s a great way to bond, promote cooking skills and an appreciation of healthy, home-cooked meals. By involving their child during meal planning, grocery shopping and food prep/cooking in the kitchen, children become much more aware of where food comes from, curious about different foods and textures and will be proud to share their food creations!
My daughter and I like to spend time together in the kitchen. I had to get over my initial fear of her using “real” tools. She had used a few of the Curious Chef tools made for kids with ease at a local cooking class she took. She was so proud of being able to cut veggies and cheese with ease that I had to get her a set to use at home. Plus, convenience, straight-to-your-door step delivery services and subscriptions are growing quickly and yes, we subscribed to Raddish, a cooking club for children, which includes a kitchen tool, patch and 3 recipes to try each month.
Encouraging children to spend time in the kitchen is an amazing opportunity to watch them grow into budding sous chefs. It also gives me a piece of mind that when my daughter is able to stay home by herself, she will be able to prepare snacks and meals and not starve! Plus, it has become a way to have special “us” time built in.
A big shout out to VegyVida (https://www.vegyvida.com) for contributing this great infographic filled with ideas for 10 simple, portable, healthy and most of all, cook free snacks that you can whip up with your child for healthy eats AND fun! And in case you missed the other blog posts from VegyVida, make sure to look at previous posts from this week!
A special thank you to Julie Lincoln, Co-Founder of VegyVida, for contributing the infographic included in this blog post!
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