March is Nutrition Month! The goal of Dietitians of Canada's national campaign is to encourage Canadians to get back to their kitchens and get cooking! To support and promote this year's theme we're posting one tip everyday for the month of March.
These tips are too good to delete after we post them so we are re-posting them on our blog to be archived. They are grouped by categories to make it easier to find what you are looking for. We hope these tips continue to inspire everyone to get cooking!
Cooking with kids is a great way to teach important life skills. Learning to cook now prepares them to cook for them selves when they grow up. It's also a fun hands-on activity that teaches literacy, science and math. It doesn't have to be complicated -- start simply and build skills. Younger kids can help measure ingredients and stir. Older kids can help peel and chop vegetables. Once they're confident, they can help bake, broil or sauté. It might be messy. That's okay! Your kids can also help clean up.
17. Find weekdays too hectic to cook with kids? KISS: Keep it simple, sweetie!
Cooking with kids can take a little more time, but it's worth it! Learning how to cook helps kids develop healthy eating habits, increases self-confidence and teaches life skills. Here are a few tips to keep cooking with kids relaxed.
Teens who eat meals with their families and help out in th kitchen are more likely to make better food choices. They're also more likely to connect better socially, and they're less likely to have eating disorders. Create-it-yourself meals are ideal for teens; they make cooking more fun and less of a chore. Try family taco, fajita or pizza nights. Everyone can help prepare the ingredients and toppings and then customize their own meals. You're all eating together, and everyone's enjoying their meals the way they like them.
19. Bring a little fun to your kitchen with a family cooking challenge.
Cooking together is a great way to connect with your family, especially when there's a friendly competition involved! Have fun with this challenge. Do it over a weekend or a month. Here's how:
- Choose a cookbook, food magazine or website. Each family member pick one recipe to try.
- Each person makes his or her recipe for the family. Depending on skill level, kids might need a little help.
- When all dishes have been tasted, rate the recipes. You might discover a new family favourite!
Making smoothies takes little skill, so it's a great first step in the kitchen. The only tool you really need is a blender, You don't even need to follow a recipe. Just blend together a mixture of frozen fruit, bananas, yogurt and milk. Kids can experiment with favourite frozen fruits to create frosty combinations. Be adventurous! Try adding a handful of spinach or finely shredded carrots for a veggies boost. Smoothies are a tasty way to enjoy milk, fruit and maybe even veggies -- all foods that kids don't get enough of.
For more information visit Dietitians of Canada.