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Kitchen Time with the Kids
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Tips from Extension Educator Kristal Draper on keeping our homes healthy and stylish!
by Kristal Draper
One of my favorite things to do is cooking with my kids. We started cooking in the
kitchen together when they were much younger, I have teenagers now who will cook for
themselves. It is more than just teaching them how to cook, it was also a way I could
spend time with my boys.
With our busy schedules of work, their sporting events, and their afterschool activities
it has not always been easy to get time in with them in the kitchen, but we made it
work because it was important to us. During the week suppertime at our house was also
time with the kids in the kitchen, Saturdays and Sundays too.
The cooking lessons started out slowly by asking them to help me make some pancakes
at breakfast time or cookies on a Saturday afternoon. They became my assistants. I
taught them how to crack an egg, measure ingredients with a liquid and dry measuring
cups, etc. Soon they were in the kitchen with me all the time.
As they have grown their skills in the kitchen have grown as well. The boys and I
have cooked many meals together, especially during the last several months. Eating
healthy meals at home can save you money and help your waistline too, I have lost
41 pounds, but that is a blog post for another day.
I challenge you to spend time in the kitchen with your children or grandchildren.
You will not regret it. Lots of laughs and great memories can be found in a kitchen.
If you need some help getting started or you need some great kid friendly recipes,
please let me know. Here is one to get you started.
This Blueberry Blast Smoothie is a cool treat, easy to make and yummy! It is an easy first step to get your children
or grandchildren in the kitchen. Kids learn from watching you. Eat fruits and veggies
and your kids will too.
Blueberry Blast Smoothies
Serving size: ½ cup
Servings per recipe: 6
Prep Time: You can use any type of frozen fruit in this recipe. Try strawberries, peaches, or
Nutrition Tip: Focus on Fruits. Eat them at meals, and at snack time too. Choose fresh, frozen,
canned, or dried, and go easy on the fruit juice.
Recipe from Kid Approved Healthy Snacks cookbook