Some of my best memories as a child were of my Mom letting me be her “big helper” in the kitchen. I remember the pride I felt the first time I managed to make macaroni and cheese without her having to say a peep as she proudly watched over my progress.
The kitchen is a great place to build your child’s confidence and to teach them how to make healthy choices in all areas of life. Healthy after school snacks that don’t require use of knives or other kitchen hazards are a great place to start. Give your kids choices as to what they want to make but make the extra effort to choose healthy creative snacks rather than easy to grab processed foods. It’s a great opportunity to teach your kids the value of fresh organic foods and healthy portioning that can last them well into their adult years.
My favorite fun snacks:
Ants on a Log: Help your child spread Horizon Organic cream cheese or organic peanut butter on a piece of celery. Let your child place raisins on top of the spread. Make up a story with your child about the ants; stimulating their imagination and coordination in the process.
Tortilla String Cheese Wrap: Have your child spread a tablespoon of low sugar strawberry jam onto a 6 inch wheat tortilla. Add a Horizon Organic cheese stick and have your child roll it up and place it in the microwave for 15 seconds for a tasty treat!
Tips for confidence building in the kitchen:
Keep it fun! Making time in the kitchen playful and creative will build lasting memories.
Teach your child kitchen safety helping them feel more secure with safe boundaries.
Make small steps in giving your kids responsibility in the kitchen so they don’t become overwhelmed.
Give them ownership of their small piece of the project to help them grow in confidence.
Make up fun titles for your kids’ role in the cooking project ie. “The Official Super-Scooper-Duper!”
What’s the first healthy food you’re teaching your kids to make?
This conversation is sponsored by Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.