Cooking With Kids- Fun Recipes To Try With Kids
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Food and kids can always be a challenge. For us, it always has been. Kids go through different phases of what they’ll eat (or not eat) and it can be frustrating as a parent. There are so many suggestions and opinions on how to raise a non-picky eater. Every child is different- ultimately, we have to offer them healthy choices and try and make the best of it finding a balance in food choices.
Suggestion: Making Your Own Baby Food
I made baby food fresh with both of my kids. I made a variety of different types of foods, even ones that I personally don’t like as a way to hopefully have a non-picky eater. Can I tell you- it didn’t work? Maybe for some people, it does and that is fantastic. I’m not saying not to try, I ‘m just saying if it doesn’t happen immediately don’t be discouraged.
What I’ve learned about toddlers and food
I try my best to get the kids to try new foods and to get the appropriate servings of food groups. It doesn’t always work…in fact, it probably fails more often than not. My pediatrician told me that toddlers eat when they are hungry. If they aren’t hungry it’s a task they just don’t want to do. Meaning, don’t offer them junk food because it makes you feel better about getting them to eat something. This is hard, and I don’t always stick to the rule sometimes I give in and give them the goldfish and juice. However, I’ve found that if I am patient and wait until they are actually hungry, they are more apt to eat real food.
Involve Kids In Cooking
Kidstir is a monthly subscription box that comes in the mail with recipes and tools for kids to cook with. It makes it convenient because you get a great set of recipes and kids love to use the tools that are especially for them.
Salad Bar (from Kidstir)
Introduce your kids to new salad combos at a restaurant salad bar and encourage experimentation. Ask them to try a new veggie or dressing or combination of toppings on their lettuce. At home, you can then create your own salad bar with bowls of toppings. Think greens (lettuce, spinach, arugula), protein (hard-boiled eggs, cubed cooked chicken), veggies (corn, cherry tomatoes, grated carrots), and dressings. Then let everyone at the table customize their own salad. This makes a fun dinner when the kids’ friends are over, too. For more on Kidstir check out my review- Cooking with Kidstir!
This one is a little trickier to involve the kids with however, they can still help with getting the seasonings together as well as getting the ingredients out. Sometimes making them part of the process can encourage them to try new foods as well!
One of my favorite resources for recipes is from Annabel Karmel she has a lot of fun, delicious recipes for the littlest members of the family up to the oldest member.
It’s a constant struggle for a lot of us to get our kids to eat new things, and to eat healthier choices but it’s part of parenting. Hopefully, you can find sanity in the fact that you aren’t alone in this struggle.
Do you have a favorite recipe to make with or for your kids? Share them with us!