Getting Kids Involved in the Kitchen

Having children help you prepare family meals is one of the most effective ways to encourage them to try new foods and improve their overall diet quality, both now and later in life.
One of my favorite things to do at work is teaching kids classes. I get so much joy seeing the excitement on their faces being creative in the kitchen and learning about new foods. The kids that I work with are sponges. They remember every detail from class to class. That is why it is so important to get kids involved in the kitchen at a young age. I don’t have any children myself, just yet, but I feel like children can relate to me because I’m a big kid at heart. It is so important to make learning about food and nutrition fun instead of it being a chore.
At any age, kids can start being involved in the kitchen. ChopChop Magazine is a fun cooking magazine for families, and their free ChopChop Cooking club has a national healthy cooking campaign to invite every family to join and pledge to cook dinner together! The Fall 2016 magazine includes recipes like ricotta pancakes, shakshuka, and Chinese congee. Plus, each magazine includes cooking skills and other fun family activities.
Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Cabot. I was not compensated for my time to write this post. 

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ChopChopKids is an innovative non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and teach kids to cook real food with their families. They believe that cooking and eating together as a family is a vital step in resolving the obesity and hunger epidemics. ChopChop Magazine reaches more than 2 million families each year and is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, was named publication of the year by the James Beard Foundation, and is a two-time winner of the Parent’s Choice Award. Subscribe to ChopChop Magazine here.

Getting Kids Involved in the Kitchen via RDelicious Kitchen @rd_kitchen

Getting Kids Involved in the Kitchen via RDelicious Kitchen @rd_kitchen

There are more wonderful resources out there to get kids more involved in the kitchen like:

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Enter for a chance to WIN:
Leave a comment letting me know your favorite childhood memory being in the kitchen. 
One reader will win a $25 Cabot Cheese gift box AND a 1-year subscription to ChopChop Magazine. You have until 11:59:59 pm EST on Monday, 10/31 to enter. The winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, notified by Saturday, November 5th.
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Healthy Breakfast Tips

Never skip breakfast again with a few helpful tips that can help you stay on track with eating healthy all week!
Whole Grain Get-Up-And-Go Bars + Cabot Cookbook Giveaway via RDelicious Kitchen

The most common thing I hear in my nutrition counseling sessions is “I don’t eat breakfast, because I don’t have time”. I know you’ve heard it time and time again, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The word “breakfast” literally means ‘breaking’ your ‘fast’ from your last meal the night before. When you don’t eat breakfast, your body enters into a prolonged fasting state. It starts to believe that you won’t be eating any time soon. These breakfast skippers tend to eat more food than usual at the next meal or grab high calorie snack to stave off hunger.
How can you solve this breakfast skipping problem?
[Make, Freeze, Reheat, Repeat]
This is a big timesaver for me during the week. There are many breakfast foods that you can make in advance that store well in the freezer, then to be quickly reheated on busy weekday mornings.
1 . Whole Grain Get-Up-And-Go Bars (pictured above that I made from the Cabot Creamery cookbook)
2. Love Muffins
3. Protein Pancakes
[Prep the night before]
With a little effort the night before, you can feel okay about hitting the snooze button in the morning knowing your breakfast is about ready to go as you rush out the door. For smoothies, I even put everything in the blender and pop in in the fridge and all I have to do is maybe add a little ice and blend and go.
1. Protein Smoothie
2. Overnight Oats
3. The Easiest Deviled Eggs
[Grab & Go]
Let’s be honest, sometimes the tips mentioned about don’t necessarily happen. There are some pre-packaged foods that are made with real food ingredients that you can grab in the morning. Add a piece of fruit or a yogurt on the side to make it complete.
1. KIND bars
2. Garden Lites – Veggie Muffins
3. Siggi’s yogurt
Just always make sure to keep your breakfast balanced with a mix of carbohydrates, fats, and protein!

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One lucky person will win a copy of the Cabot Creamery Cookbook and a $25 Cabot Gift Box.
Contest will run through Friday, May 22nd 11:59 pm EST. 

Congrats to Stacey who has won the Cabot Creamery cookbook and gift box!

Multiple ways to enter:

1 // Leave a comment of your healthy breakfast tip to keep you stay on track all week.
2 // Follow @RD_Kitchen & @cabotcheese on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway.
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3 // Follow RDelicious Kitchen & Cabot Creamery Cooperative on Facebook and share this giveaway.
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Disclosure: Being a member of the Cabot Cheese Board, this giveaway is made possible by Cabot Creamery to provide an awesome RDelcious Kitchen readers with a cookbook and Cabot gift basket. I was not compensated to write this post, all opinions expressed here are my own.