Having children help you prepare family meals is one of the most effective ways to encourage them to try new foods and improve their overall diet quality, both now and later in life.
One of my favorite things to do at work is teaching kids classes. I get so much joy seeing the excitement on their faces being creative in the kitchen and learning about new foods. The kids that I work with are sponges. They remember every detail from class to class. That is why it is so important to get kids involved in the kitchen at a young age. I don’t have any children myself, just yet, but I feel like children can relate to me because I’m a big kid at heart. It is so important to make learning about food and nutrition fun instead of it being a chore.
At any age, kids can start being involved in the kitchen. ChopChop Magazine is a fun cooking magazine for families, and their free ChopChop Cooking club has a national healthy cooking campaign to invite every family to join and pledge to cook dinner together! The Fall 2016 magazine includes recipes like ricotta pancakes, shakshuka, and Chinese congee. Plus, each magazine includes cooking skills and other fun family activities.
Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Cabot. I was not compensated for my time to write this post.
ChopChopKids is an innovative non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach kids to cook real food with their families. They believe that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics. ChopChop Magazine reaches more than 2 million families each year and is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, was named publication of the year by the James Beard Foundation, and is a two-time winner of the Parent’s Choice Award. Subscribe to ChopChop Magazine here.
There are more wonderful resources out there to get kids more involved in the kitchen like:
- Chop Chop
- Produce for Kids
- Super Healthy Kids
- The Kids Cook Monday
- Nourish Interactive
- HealthBarn USA
- It’s Not About the Broccoli
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One reader will win a $25 Cabot Cheese gift box AND a 1-year subscription to ChopChop Magazine. You have until 11:59:59 pm EST on Monday, 10/31 to enter. The winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, notified by Saturday, November 5th.