Tips to Get Kids Involved in the Kitchen

Cooking is an essential skill for kids to learn as they grow up. Most schools have cut home economics classes. Finding cooking classes for kids are also a few and far in between. Here are some tips to get your kids more involved in the kitchen.

1. Think in stages. Base your stage on our child’s skill and maturity level. For example, you could have your toddler help rinse fruits and vegetablesPreschoolers could help measure out the ingredients into measuring cups

2. Encourage creativity. Ask your kids to brainstorm ideas for new recipes. Even if their ideas are “out-there”, allow them to learn what flavors work the best together

3. Instill good habits. Use cooking as a way to teach your kids how to tidy up after themselves. 

4. Make it a learning experience. Incorporate creative science experiments to show them the chemistry behind cooking. For example, oil prevents food from sticking to the pan

5. Embrace passion. Recognizing a child’s passion for cooking early on can help create a strong foundation for when they are older.  
Homemade Sweet Kettle Corn
Servings: 10
1/2 cup corn kernels, unpopped 
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup avocado oil
1/2 teaspoon of fine sea salt 
1. Combine the sugar and oil in a large kettle that has a tight fitting lid. 
2. Heat at medium heat. Add the popcorn and cover tightly. 
3. Once the corn begins to pop, shake the pot over the heat of the burner until the corn stops popping.
4. Season with fine sea salt and serve immediately.
Serving Size: about 2 cups 

Nutrition Information per Serving: 148 calories, 7.6 grams total fat, 1.0 grams of saturated fat, 18.8 grams carbohydrate, 1.6 grams fiber, 1.2 grams protein, 56 milligrams sodium, 32 milligrams potassium, 10 grams sugar
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