In Celebration of Nutrition Month we are giving tips from the campaign all month long. The theme this year is “Unlock the Potential of Food!”. The second topic covers the Potential to Discover. This topic discusses how we can inspire children to discover foods in their own way. Inspiring children to shop, cook and prepare foods from a young age can help set them up for a lifetime of healthy eating habits. Here are some tips from www.dietitians.ca to help get your kids excited about healthy eating:
Five Tips for Cooking with Kids:
- Pick a recipe together: Children need to be part of the plan from the beginning, and it helps if they prepare something that they love to eat. Shop for groceries together too!
- Incorporate learning: Build on lessons they learn in school, such as math, social studies, media literacy, spelling, science and reading. Younger children can practice fine motor skills.
- Keep it fun! Imaginative play helps children get deeply involved. Make a theme night or turn your kitchen into a restaurant or reality cooking show.
- Be a role model: If you’re excited, they will be too. Try a new food, describe the flavour and be adventurous to inspire young eaters.
Try this recipe with your kids at home or at your Kids Eat Smart Club:
Monterey Jack and Egg Pita Pockets
Makes 4 servings
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce, no salt added
- 4eggs, scrambled
- 1/2 cups your choice of vegetables (zucchini, bell peppers, celery, green onions, etc.)
- 6oz Canadian Monterey Jack
- 15 whole wheat mini-pitas (or 4 large pitas), cut in half12 to 15
Step 1 Mix pizza sauce, eggs, vegetables and Monterey Jack.
Step 2 Stuff pita halves with the mixture.
Information sourced from: https://www.dietitians.ca/Downloads/Factsheets/NM2018-FactSheet-02Discover-EN.aspx
Recipe sourced from: http://www.cookspiration.com/recipe.aspx?perma=tYgcRJWMtvw&g=32
Kristin Hedges is a Registered Dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL.