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Get kids in the kitchen having fun, helping to cook and learning to love healthy foods

Posted on Apr 15, 2009 by Maggie LaBarbera

Getting kids in the kitchen at an early age can really make a difference in their food preferences, eating habits and nutrition!I was reading an article written by KidsCooking411 discussing kids "natural interest" to cook

She's right.  Kids do love to play in the kitchen and interact with food.  When my daughter was 2 years old we did buy her a little stove that she played with everyday.  Pretending to cook, and wash dishes.  Even my son loved to be in the kitchen helping with different cooking activities.  (of course that disappeared during the teenage years-but that's a different topic!)

I am always looking for good sites to share with you that give fun and practical suggestions from people who are truly committed to fighting childhood obesity and promoting nutrition for kids.  KidsCooking411 has some great recipes for kids and ideas for how to get kids cooking!

Keeping it fun for kids is so important because that keeps them engaged and wanting to learn more!  It also sets a strong foundation for kids to build positive associations with healthy foods.  Kids who refuse to eat a green vegetable might start to change their mind when they help pick out the vegetable, or stir the vegetable or add the vegetable to a recipe!!  You get the idea! The more involvement with healthy foods, the more open the child will be to trying them.

KidsCooking411 is written by Jan McCracken who is a writer and publisher of  several cookbooks.




Raine Saunders
Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 @ 06:56 PM

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I'm wondering if you are familiar with the Weston A. Price Foundation ( This valuable resource contains valuable information about the importance of traditional, whole foods as they are applied to health in regard to nutrition. There is a particularly significant component of their site that is dedicated to nourishing children. It discusses the rampant malnourishment of children throughout the world, particularly in developed countries such as the United States due to the reliance on processed foods for nutrition, which both deplete and cause disease and illness. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this site, as I feel these fundamentals ideas are the core of how to return ourselves to and children to a society that embraces and values the traditional foods as medicine and preventative tools to keep health optimal and degeneration and disease at bay. My site, Agriculture Society is also dedicated to this topic (as well as other subjects about sustainable living and alternatives in health). Thanks! -Raine Saunders
Raine Saunders
Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 @ 06:57 PM

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Here is the link to Nourishing Children -

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