Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Keep the Kids In the Kitchen



I can't stress enough how important it is to teach children to be involved with their food from an early age. Here's an article about how Rachel Ray involves children in the kitchen which then instills an appreciation for food. When children appreciate more than Kraft Mac & Cheese, they get more nourishment from the foods.

Go to NY Times Article

Other ways to involve children with food:
* Let them get involved in growing food from the start of a little seed. Help them to feel comfortable with the fact that good food actually does have a little dirt on it.

* Let children pick out recipes for the family. Keep them involved in every step of the process starting with making a list for grocery shopping, finding the best deal, setting out all the ingredients, measuring out ingredients, stirring, etc.

More to come on this topic....

Comments?

2 comments:

Chris Holdren said...

No children as of yet. But I think this is important. This might lead to them wanting to cook more, which in turn may allow them to choose to wait instead of hitting McDonald's.

I wish my own parents had encouraged me to cook more. They are very fast food oriented. This has been a struggle for me personally. Its been very hard for me to kick the "easy" food habit. A daily battle. Great article!

Jordann said...

Keep trying to kick the "easy" food habit. It will benefit you in the long run.