There is no better way to encourage and inspire your child to make healthy choices than to have them help out in the kitchen! If they feel like they are taking an active part in making these healthy meals and choices, they might be more on board with other healthy choices in the future!
This link brings you to a page of the website “Eat Right: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics” that focuses on how kids can eat well. In the short video, a registered dietitian nutritionist goes over how to delegate tasks in the kitchen based on how old your children are.
Ages 6-7: Peel raw fruits and veggies, crack eggs into a bowl, measure dry ingredients, shuck corn on the cob
Ages 8-9: Use a can opener, pound meats on a cutting board, beat eggs, juice citrus fruits
Ages 10-12+: Slice and chop ingredients, boil pasta, use the microwave, bake food in the oven
Starting slow and allowing your child to feel comfortable with each task is essential before having them move onto something more challenging. Encourage good kitchen hygiene (washing hands, keeping hair tied back) and remind them on how to be safe while handling food and kitchen tools. Spending time in the kitchen with your kids can be a great bonding experience as well as a wonderful opportunity to inspire them to make healthy choices!