Cooking is not the only way to engage your child into the world of cooking.
Engaging in a two-way conversation around whole foods is the first step to establishing healthy and independent food choices for your child.
Cooking doesn't have to be the only path to healthy eating though.
Beginning a conversation around food is the first small step any parent can make when wanting to establish or change the choices that their child (or family) is making around food.
Here are some great ways to BEGIN the food conversation in your family...
Take some time throughout the month to talk with your children about what real food is.
No matter the age of your child, these are conversation can and should happen regularly.
Name the ingredients you have!
Even if in just passing or when cooking, state the name of the ingredients you have around and are eating.
You can expand with the color, shape, and size or the various foods.
Comparing flavors is a great way to extend this conversation with older and younger children. We talk about salty, sweet, sour, bitter, umami in all of our classes!
Talk about where your food grows
Connect the things your child eats with our planet.
This is a vital step to your child understanding that their food choices are bigger than themselves. Connecting them to the source of their food, even if in conversation, will bring a greater respect for the product and mindfulness over time.
What regions do your ingredients grow?
Does it come from the sky? The soil? A tree or bush?
Discover what nutrients are in different ingredients
Google different ingredients and find the nutrients they contain & the benefits each different food has on your bodies.
Frame this conversation with pure curiosity. “I wonder why it’s good to eat cucumbers?”
This will likely be a learning experience for you too!
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