submitted by Megan Collins, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian at ShopRite of Yardley
Here’s a delicious idea to keep the kids occupied this summer: teach them to cook. Parents, grandparents and other caregivers can take advantage of the lazy days of summer by spending time in the kitchen. Little ones love to play restaurant with their plastic chicken legs and mini cook sets, but as they get older it’s important to instill in them a lifelong respect for healthy eating.
Engaging young children in the kitchen can be challenging. Start with the fun stuff, like mixing pancake batter, tossing fruit, like blueberries into muffin mix or putting veggie toppings on pizza. With a little adult supervision, especially when it comes to handling knives or turning on the stove, most older kids can figure out how to make a simple recipe.