Getting a child to eat healthy foods is no easy task, but it can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Help them understand the importance of a good diet withtips from a registered dietitian and nutritionist in this free video about getting children ...
Tips on Making Healthy Recipe a Fun Experience
- Give information about the recipe, how is it healthy, and what are the benefits of its nutrients to the body. doing this wakens their imagination, interest to the recipe and to healthy foods and this is a good way to get the involved.
- Give them a birds-eye view. Provide each child with a stable step-stool, just high enough to allow them to safely reach the counter or table. Even if there isn’t actually anything for them to do, they’ll still enjoy watching you cook and it’s a great opportunity to chat.
- Dress for the job. The right outfit makes all the difference. A kid-sized apron, a mini chef’s hat or just one of dad’s big old shirts will help keep clothes clean and get your little assistant into the cooking mood.
- Get everyone helping. Assign cooking tasks to your kids depending on age, ability and level of experience in the kitchen. Even a toddler can help wash vegetables and tear the ingredients for salads. Three- or four-year-olds can help mix ingredients in a bowl, form the dough for cookies by hand or roll meatballs. Five- to seven-year olds are usually able to measure ingredients, cut veggies and cheese with a blunt knife or even locate ingredients by reading the labels. And children eight years old and up are generally capable of using a microwave or oven with supervision, peeling and cutting up vegetables, shredding cheese and preparing kid-friendly recipes (below) almost entirely by themselves.
- Offer some tools. Give your child his or her very own set of measuring cups and spoons. Brightly coloured plastic utensils make it fun to measure and mix ingredients. If you have more than one child, make sure each one has a different colour to avoid squabbles.
- Think small – really small. While you’re busy making a family-sized macaroni and cheese casserole, let your child spoon some of the mixture into a tiny baking dish, just for his own personal self. Invest in a miniature muffin pan so your child can make little baby muffins, or pick up a mini loaf pan in which to bake a kid-sized banana bread. Everyone knows that tiny food is just more fun to make and eat.
- When in doubt, skewer it! Kids love food on a stick. It’s fun to make, fun to eat and looks really cool. Even your littlest cook can spear cubes of cheese, cherry tomatoes or chunks of ham on a bamboo skewer. Arrange them on a plate with a puddle of dipping sauce (try Dijon mustard and mayo or creamy Italian dressing) and voila, appetizers are served.
- And finally – keep your sense of humor! Spilled some milk? Dropped an egg? It’s all part of the process. After all, cleaning up can be fun too!
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Those are just easy and doable things that all parents can manage to do, just be careful of the sharp and potentially harmful kitchen utensils, safety should be first in all activities with your children. Also you need to have a lot of teachings to do so be very patient, make the kitchen a fun environment when doing this.
Fun Recipes for Your Kids to Do!
RECIPES FOR HELPING HANDS
ONE-BOWL FRENCH BREAD
Children love to knead and shape dough. Allow plenty of time for the children to do as many tasks as possible.
3 to 3 1/2 cups unsifted flour
1 package dry yeast
4 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons soft margarine
1 1/2 cups very hot water (105-1150F)
Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt, and undissolved dry yeast in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly. Add margarine. Add very hot water gradually to dry ingredients. Beat 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of flour or enough to make a thick batter. Beat 2 or 3 minutes. Stir in enough additional flour to make a soft dough. Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap.
Let rise in a warm place for 45 to 60 minutes. Stir dough down and turn out onto heavily floured surface. After washing children's hands, flour them and have them knead dough until it is smooth. Shape dough into one large oblong or let the children experiment with different shapes and sizes. Try pretzels, animals, letters, numbers, or holiday shapes.
Place on a greased baking sheet and let rise (40 to 50 minutes for a large loaf, less time for small shapes). Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (40 minutes for a large loaf, 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown for small shapes).
cooked ground beef, cheese, refried beans and other vegetables for tortilla filling
Give a tortilla to each child. Fill with cooked ground beef, cheese, and/or vegetables.
1 stalk celery
1 cup seedless grapes, cut in half
1 cup low-fat lemon yogurt
Have children wash the celery, apple, and grapes. Children can peel the banana and orange. An adult should cut the fruit and celery into bite-size pieces. Have children place fruit and celery in a large bowl. Add yogurt and mix well.
FUNNY, FRUITY PIZZAS
low-fat mozzarella cheese slices (1 slice per child)
English muffins, sliced in half (1 half per child)
fruit (an apple, banana, orange, or seedless grapes)
Have the children wash the fruit. Children can peel bananas and oranges or pluck grapes from their stems. An adult should cut the fruit into small pieces.
Split the English muffins. Give each child one half. Have the children place a slice of cheese on each muffin. Toast the English muffins until the cheese melts. Have each child top his or her muffin with fruit.
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Tomato & Cucumber Salad
4 medium ripe tomatoes
1 medium cucumber
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon rice or red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Dash of salt and pepper
Directions: Dice tomatoes and cucumber and place in large bowl. Add olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper; toss to combine. Sprinkle with chopped basil.
Washing the tomatoes and cucumber,
Placing each ingredient into the bowl
Yogurt Berry Parfait
1 ½ cups plain fat-free yogurt
½ cup blueberries
½ cup sliced strawberries
½ cup crunchy whole grain cereal (suggested: Kashi Good Friends or Post Grape-Nuts)
Directions: In two tall glasses, alternate layers of yogurt, berries and cereal.
Measuring berries and cereal
Layering the ingredients
1 (12-inch) 100% whole wheat pizza crust or dough rolled out to 12-inch circle
¾ cup tomato sauce
1 ¼ cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
Toppings of your choice: chopped bell pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, mushrooms, shredded carrots
Directions: Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place pizza crust on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Spread tomato sauce onto crust, top with cheese and veggies. Bake for approximately 12-14 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust is golden.
Slicing veggies (for older kids)
Sprinkling cheese and toppings on pizza.
1 medium pear, diced
1 mango, diced
1 pint strawberries, diced
2 plums, diced
1 teaspoon honey
Directions: Place fruit in large bowl. Drizzle with honey and toss to combine. Serve with 100% whole wheat pita chips. Alternatively, use as a topping for a green salad, chicken breast or fish.
Dicing fruit (for older kids)
Placing chopped fruit into bowl
Placing pita chips and salsa on serving platter
Baked Sweet Potato Chips
2 – 3 sweet potatoes or yams
Dash of salt and pepper, if desired
Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Thinly slice sweet potatoes into rounds and place on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle with a dash of salt and pepper, if desired. Bake for 20 minutes, turn over and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes or until crispy.
Washing the sweet potatoes
Placing potato slices on the baking sheet
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Kitchen Tasks You Can Assign for Your Kids
Two-year-olds are learning to use the large muscles in their arms. They will enjoy activities such as:
scrubbing vegetables and fruits
dipping vegetables and fruits
tearing lettuce and salad greens
breaking bread for stuffing
snapping fresh beans
Three-year-olds are learning to use their hands. Try activities such as:
pouring liquids into a batter
mixing muffin batter
shaking a milk drink
spreading peanut butter on firm bread (This may be messy!)
kneading bread dough
Four- and five-year-olds are learning to control smaller muscles in their fingers. Offer them experiences such as:
rolling bananas in cereal for a snack
juicing oranges, lemons, and limes
mashing soft fruits and vegetables
measuring dry and liquid ingredients
grinding cooked meat for a meat spread
beating eggs with an eggbeater
IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER
Good cooks of all ages always wash their hands before cooking.
Tell children to wait until the dish is done before sampling it. This will help prevent illness.
Expect spills and messes.
Children have short attention spans. Give them quick, simple jobs, and give instructions one at a time.
Children get excited and forget. Repeat directions as often as needed.
Young cooks need constant supervision.
Give children jobs to help with cleanup.
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Now you know what task your kids can do, next thing is try to look or create a recipe that all of you can enjoy doing and enjoy eating! For healthy recipes for kids you can check out other pages in this site, there are a lot prepared for you and your kids!