Studies suggest that getting your kids involved in cooking from a young age promotes healthy eating habits. The best way to really begin to get them involved is to include them in the decision making process. Try to organize a time every week where the entire family sits down together and has the opportunity to contribute to the meal planning for the week. When you feel that your child is ready, allow them to participate in simple prep work, such as washing fruits and vegetables. Allowing your child to contribute will give them confidence in the kitchen and will also instill healthy eating habits for further down the road.
To get you started, here’s an excellent recipe from Children’s Recipes:
Fresh Veggie Pizza
What you need:
1 ready made pizza crust
8 oz package cream cheese at room temperature
1 cup sour cream
1 envelope powdered Ranch dressing mix
2 cup raw vegetables, chopped fine ( we use broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes)
What you do:
1. Bake the pizza crust, without toppings, at 350 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned.
2. Stir together the cream cheese, sour cream, and dressing mix. Spread this on the crust.
3. Top with mixed vegetables.