Welcome your kids into the kitchen and set the stage to help them become healthier adults
- Get your kids more involved in planning the household menu and creating a grocery list.
For example, you might ask them what fruit they want for snacks and lunches based on what’s on sale in the weekly grocery flyer or what vegetables they would like in the stir-fry for tomorrow night’s supper.
- Take them grocery shopping to help you find the food items on your list. This is a great way to keep kids occupied and it offers a great opportunity to teach your kids about basic healthy eating.
A simple healthy eating tip to teach your kids is to aim for a colourful grocery cart with a variety of foods to give our bodies different vitamins, minerals and nutrients we need to be healthy.
- Get your kids in the kitchen to cook with you - this is where the fun starts! Just remember to be patient and keep it simple.
Cooking with your kids might take longer and there could be more of a mess, but the extra effort is worth it. Start off with simple tasks such as have them gather the recipe ingredients out of the cupboards or fridge, then the next time they could portion out ingredients with measuring cups and spoons or grate cheese before they move onto more advanced preparation skills like chopping vegetables.
As you become more comfortable with your kids in the kitchen and their own confidence grows, their skills will naturally progress.