Cooking With Kids Program Shows Families How To Cook and Eat Healthy Together
Healthy eating is a tough commitment, but when the whole family cooks healthy meals together it starts to get much easier.
The Greater Flint Health Coalition is putting on the Cooking With Kids program at the Flint Children's Museum. The program is part of the Commit To Fit plan that the coalition puts on every year.
My family and I have gone to both of the Cooking With Kids classes, and I have to say that it has been a great thing. Neither of our kids are very picky eaters, but this class has definitely helped reinforce the idea of trying new foods. In the first class we made a veggie stir fry, and this week we made Black Bean Tostadas.
The process started with the kids making their own salsa from the prepared ingredient cups.
The cups each had a mix of tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, cilantro, and a lime wedge.
The kids had their own cutters, and were given instructions on the best way to cut the ingredients.
The only thing that the kids did not do themselves was cook the beans. It actually worked out perfect, because the smell of the beans cooking mixed with the fresh veggies made us all ready to eat when we finished the salsa.
After each of us had our Tostada and beans, we were ready to load it up with the salsa we just prepared.
Topped off with some Guac, they were ready to be devoured.
And make no mistake, we did devour them!
Everyone says that eating dinner as a family is one of the most important things you can do. I agree, but I would say that cooking together as a family is even more important.
When kids have no part in making the meal, it's easy for them to eat and run or say they don't like the food. When the kids help making the meal, they're invested in it. They are proud to eat what you made together.
That's what makes it so easy to get them to eat healthy meals. When you cook at home, they get to see, touch, taste, smell, and feel the ingredients.
The Cooking With Kids program still has a few classes left, and they are absolutely free! Follow Commit To Fit on Facebook to get the upcoming dates.