Certified Nutritional Practitioner Jennifer Potter shares 5 ways to get your kids involved in the kitchen--and it's easy and fun! Check it out!
The fall means back to school and easing back into the natural school year routine; homework, after school activities, making lunches, dinner and preparing healthy snacks. This transition can be hard coming out of the carefree days of summer and can feel like a never-ending balancing act. Why not ease the pain a little? Get your kids involved in the kitchen. They will thank you and you will thank them!
Let kids explore food. Use the 5 senses; see, smell, taste, hear and touch the food. For instance; look, smell, touch and taste spices before popping them into a soup or stew. Kids love learning about and looking at food in a more educational way. Inspire them to take these extra steps towards discovering the power of food! This also applies if you bring your kids to the grocery store- let them pick produce and put in the basket. It again allows them to be part of the process and they will understand that food doesn't magically show up at home!
Finally, remember a little mess in the kitchen is okay and while involving your kids in meal prep may take a little extra time in the beginning, instilling these skills will help them in the long run. And when they are old enough they can take on a family meal solo! Ah, wouldn't that be nice!
Want to get your kids even more involved? Check out the amazing Halloween Kids KitchenI'm hosting at Goodness Me! Burlington on Saturday October 24. Trick or treat, you'll make something good to eat! Kids Kitchen is hosting a Halloween Party and you are invited. Join us for a Saturday morning filled with Halloween themed cooking, crafts and games. Don't forget to come dressed in your Halloween costume. It will be a SPOOKTACULAR time! Sign up here todayto avoid disappointment if the class is full. We'll see you there!
Jennifer Potter BA, CNP, RNCP is Healthy Living Advisor, Kids Kitchen Facilitator and Lifewatcher instructor with Goodness Me Natural Food Market. Jennifer is also the founder of Jennifer Potter Health where she inspires families to get healthy food on the table through one-on-one consulting, grocery store tours, healthy pantry stocking and group and individual cooking classes.