So one of my most popular and referred to instagram posts was one where I showed how I sneak veggies into my children’s food. It was kale and other veggies that I popped in the blender and added to spaghetti sauce. They were none the wiser. After all the feedback from the post, I started sharing a bit more on social about the ways I sneak (or not sneak) healthy food into my kids.
Now, Rohan loves to help me cook. He is a good little sous chef, but there’s one big problem. Mommy doesn’t like to cook. I know this is mean but I now try to do most of my cooking while he’s down for nap or throw them outside in the yard so I can bang out a meal without having to adjust for his help. (I’m not that mean, I’ll do special cooking with him like making brownies or cookies…when he asks….)
I wish I enjoyed cooking more. I have read in so many parenting magazines that children are more apt to try out healthy foods when they have a hand in preparing them. I know that if I’d cook with Ro more often I wouldn’t have to hide veggies as much.
I found out about Healthy Hands Cooking recently and found an instructor near me. They offer healthy cooking classes for littles at various facilities or they’ll even come to you! Maybe for Roey’s bday next year we’ll do a cooking class party. You just have to find a local instructor and bring your little one, everything is included. They’ll get to create and then enjoy eating a healthy meal with the instructor.
If you are into healthy cooking, teaching kids to cook or wellness at large, you can go to them to get certified to teach children (and parents) healthy cooking techniques too. They’ll provide you with the training, and even set you up with a webpage to promote your business. I don’t have the patience, but God bless the instructors that do!
I’ll update you when after I’ve taken Ro (and maybe Kai) to the local instructor. I think they’ll both love it. I’m adding it to our Summer Bucket List I told you about.
If you’re interested in becoming a Healthy Hands instructor, or just finding one near you to take your children to, visit Healthy Hands’ website, or catch em on Facebook. To hear from current instructors or find some healthy recipes to try, visit the Healthy Hands Blog.
Do your kids help you cook?
My boys spend a lot of their time in the kitchen with their dad so they’d love this! We’re actually going to a healthy cooking class called Butter Beans here in NY tomorrow to create the perfect picnic meal. Bonding over food is always a win!
Nice!!! Maybe try a Healthy Hands class next! Let me know how it goes!
I love this. My boys loved helping in the kitchen and I love to cook. They are big ones now and I dont have a lot of time to continue teaching them. But a class would be great! Keep us posted.
I’ll definitely keep ya posted. Good on you for instilling some cooking skills into those boys early! Their future spouses thank you.
Cooking with your kids is a fantastic idea. Having someone else come into your home and cook with your kids when you don’t want to cook is an even better idea! I love this!
I love it too. So excited about it. I know you love cooking, any tips for child-friendly things to cook?