Let Them Help, It Helps Them

You will often find, "Cook with them" or "Let them help in the kitchen" high up on the list of suggestions on how to get kids to eat healthier foods. I agree. I do sometimes see parents or even teachers letting the kids help when it comes to making cookies or baking a cake, but it's not as often that I notice them help make a healthier meal or a salad.  I do think it's good to get them involved in helping prepare many different foods so they learn more about them and may be more interested in eating that food they had a hand in.  I'm not saying my kids help me on a daily basis but they do love to help and do it often enough that they feel involved and interested.  They do seem more enthusiastic about the meal and even more eager to try it because they're proud of their contribution. I also may go further than some would ever consider at my sons' ages; like letting them use knives.  ...more

Doesn't need to be gourmet

This is my latest post on my blog. Yes, I like food.  I love experimenting with recipes and I actually like to cook… most of the time.  Sometimes, I just am too tired, too uninspired or just too busy to get all creative and put out a fabulous meal.  But, when we’re at home I do try to put out a healthy meal.  Last night my eldest was playing clarinet in his school band concert, so we had limited time.   I served a rotisserie chicken I purchased hot at my local supermarket; served it with a big but plain salad and string beans.  The kids get enough carbs so I skipped any starch.  (I could’ve just heated up a bag of frozen brown rice but I just didn’t feel like it.)If you aren’t a great cook or not really in the mood to cook, but want to get away from the boxed meals...more