Friday, January 25, 2013

Health Advice: How to Cook for Kids

Q:  I have kids at home and some days it can be a challenge to cook healthy and please everyone.  They range in age from 8 years old to teenagers.  One is even a vegetarian.  Please send some helpful tips for dinner that can bring my life some sanity after a busy workday.

A:  You are not alone!  Cooking for a family can be simple and a challenge all at the same time.  Especially when it comes to food allergies or different nutrition needs.  The key is all in the planning.  Know what you need to shop for, what meal is set for eat day and make sure to do some prep beforehand so the week goes smoothly.

The best thing you can do is involve your kids in helping with meal prep.  Let them pick recipes out of the cookbook.  They can learn to cut up or mix ingredients together.  If you prep a dish they can toss it into the oven when they get home from school so its ready once you are home.  Once kids take part in making the meal they will enjoy eating it more too.  This teaches great life skills for once they go off to college or live on their own in the future.

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