How to raise a healthy eater: Part 2

So here is “part 2” of this series. This post is going to focus more on how to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Kids of all ages can help out in the kitchen and when they do help, they’re more willing to eat what they helped make. The idea is to help them create healthy meals. Start them young so they grow up not only enjoying making healthy meals in the kitchen but also eating healthy meals at the table.

Kids aged 2 and under can

– play with plastic measuring cups, spoons, containers, or a bowl of water

– learn to say names and colors of foods being used

smell foods and, depending on the food, taste small amounts

let 3-year-olds try to:

– rinse and scrub fresh produce

– tear, snap, or break foods

– use a cookie cutter to cut shapes in dough

– take grapes off the vine

– dip foods into dips

– arrange foods on a plate

– help stir ingredients together in a bowl

Let 4-year-olds try to

– measure ingredients

– cut with a plastic or dull butter knife

– squeeze juice from fruits

– shake ingredients in small containers, such as jars or zip top bags

Let 5-year-olds try to

– help grate cheeses and vegetables

– crack and beat eggs

– peel oranges

Remember: kids can also help when it comes to settings and clearing the table, cleaning up, and getting ingredients and equipment out and putting them away. Get them involved!

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3 thoughts on “How to raise a healthy eater: Part 2

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