Teach Your Child Cooking

by Dr Uzelac


I firmly believe it is important to involve your child in cooking from an early age. This way your child will grow up recognizing the value and taste of the whole foods.

Also, it is a great way to bond with your kid, while forming a firm foundation for healthy eating. In my office, I try to teach school age kids and parents to read (and understand) the ingredients and that way to understand much better what they put in their bodies when they eat processed foods.

The fact is - if you do not keep junk foods in your pantry, your kid will not be able to eat them (until they are old enough to drive), and if they do not see it frequently in front of their eyes, trust me , they will crave it less. Out of sight IS out of mind!

Of course, everything in moderation. Once in a while , it is OK get a break the rules and splurge.

Tips to Get You and Your Child Cooking

1. Keep a well stocked pantry
2. Invite child to help with meal plan and shopping
3. Teach your child to read ingredient lists 
4. Make your kitchen child-friendly
5. Have plenty of “kid” equipment on-hand
6. Find a cool apron for our child

7. Start a garden or grow some herbs
8. Visit the farmers market or local farm
9. Teach your child how to choose good produce
10. Join a CSA group
11. Keep a variety of whole foods on-hand

12. Turn off the TV!
13. Eat together as a family
14. Give your child responsibilities in the kitchen
15. Reward with play-dates at the park
16. Show your child how you enjoy healthy foods

17. Be a Good Role Model!

 

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