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10 Tips for Healthy Cooking with Kids

One of the things my husband and I both enjoy doing with our kids is getting creative. Whether it’s making crafts, making up games, or healthy cooking in the kitchen. We love sharing quality time with our kids.

Lately, cooking in the kitchen has been our favorite family pass time. Many of the meals we cook aren’t so healthy but this is because our traditional Mexican dishes call for frying or breading. While our cultural dishes are delicious, I knew I have to teach my kids  more about healthy cooking. While healthy cooking  started as a  challenge we knew it was very important. Now we  make meals healthy, fun and flavor!

I realized that healthy eating starts at home with healthy habits. There are many things that play a role in how we can create healthy eating habits.

These are 10 tips for healthy cooking with kids that my family has been enjoying.

  • Healthy cooking with kids 1 of 11
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    Scroll through for 10 tips for fun and easy cooking with kids.

  • Make a plan with your kids 2 of 11
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    Plan what you will cook. Have you kids give input. I suggest a nice salad for my kids and they yelled "Yuck!" But when I said how about a rainbow fruit salad they were all in. Write your list, plan what stores you will shop at, and how much you are willing to spend. 

  • Take them shopping with you 3 of 11
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    Taking both my kids to the store can be challenging but I've learned that it is a crucial part of healthy cooking because they need to be as invested as possible. They need to be hands on and see where the things you cook with are coming from. Next time take them shopping with you. You'll be surprised at the questions and suggestions they have. 

  • Teach your kids about the food you shop for 4 of 11
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    My son had questions about everything. He wanted to know the name of items in the store and why they were a certain texture. We learned where a lot of our fruits and veggies come from too. Kids are very curious.

  • Use bright colored ingredients 5 of 11
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    The brighter the ingredients we use, the more they are willing our kids are to trying them. My preschooler colorful fruit taste better. I don't know if that's true but I'll take it if it means she will eat all her veggies. 

  • Help prepare meals 6 of 11
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    Preparation is just as important. My kids are involved even in the cleaning process. We aid them but have them decide what gets cleaned first and what should be chopped next. 

  • Teach your kids techniques 7 of 11
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    My son is the most hands on. He enjoys using utensils in our kitchen. This encourages him to get involved in our healthy cooking journey. He always asks to learn new things. While he isn't chopping anything yet he can stir and whisk like a pro! 

  • Have them help with cooking 8 of 11
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    Don't stop at learning techniques. Have them help with the fun stuff too. Rolling dough, using cookie cutters and plating not so hot food. We like to say "Safety first and healthy cooking next!" 

  • Teach kids to eat veggies and fruits in a new way 9 of 11
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    Rather than just chopping up and serving veggies try new things. Maybe making a fruit salad is something your kids haven't helped make.Get creative your kids will want to try whatever looks delicious and fun!

  • Make food fun 10 of 11
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    Whether it's a new silly name dish you've created or you just serve your food in fun plates and bowls but sure to make food fun!  Healthy and fun aren't usually partners but in our home they are Dynamic Duos! 

  • Play with your food 11 of 11
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    And if making food wasn't enough, Let you kids play with their food. We recently played with our foods by building jack-o-lanterns! We used healthy foods to decorate the food we would be eating. The kids were more willing to place veggies on their food if they could play with it! 

How do you create healthy eating habits with your kids?

Read more of Ruby’s writing at Growing Up Blackxican

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