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Jumat, 03 April 2009

Healthy Meals For Kids

Kids and Cooking - Start Out Healthy and Stay Healthy
Executive Summary about healthy meals for kids By Georgina White

So often, children will model most aspects of their parent's actions.Parents are busy with child-rearing, work, and household responsibilities. There is often a lot of eating on the run and not as much concern for eating healthy, balanced meals. But in order for your kids to learn how to eat healthy and always be conscious of what is going into their bodies as they grown into adults, it is important for parents to learn that lesson for themselves.

Imitation is Flattering

Because kids are prone to mimic what their parents do, cooking can be a great lesson for the entire family. First, it teaches everyone to slow down and enjoy the quality time with each other that is often taken for granted. Second, cooking with children teaches the younger generation the importance of responsibility by preparing meals for the family. The third most important thing cooking with kids can do is teach them how to express a side of themselves through the recipes they prepare or invent on their own. Plus, there are tons of lessons in math and science kids will not learn hands-on in the classroom.

The Hands-On Approach

Kids can learn more by doing than by just simply listening. While not every child will revel in their kitchen learning experiences, those who do can be encouraged to stick with it. There are professional course available that are geared towards teaching budding chefs about the basics of cooking for those children who develop a strong interest in the craft. In addition to better physical health for the whole family, mental health is also affected positively.

Encourage Their Talents

It may seem at first glance that kids and cooking do not mix. Like with everything involving kids, parental supervision is required. There should always be a parent assisting with the cooking process to prevent injuries and burns but kids should also be allowed to practice mixing and pouring and the other safer areas of cooking without parental interference so they have an opportunity to learn.

The next time dinner needs to be prepared, call the whole family into the kitchen and get to work.

Picture yourself at one of our simply sumptuous cooking classes relaxing with friends, enjoying a delicious 3 course meal with complementary wine, whilst surrounded by stunning views of Sydney Harbour. Imagine the sense of satisfaction when the food you are eating is fresh from the kitchen and created by you.

Healthy Meals and Snacks Kids Can Prepare For Themselves
Executive Summary about healthy meals for kids By Carrie Lauth

When your family is in a rush, and you need the kids to help prepare their own snacks or meal, it's tempting to have prepared foods for them that are quick to eat, but don't have as much nutritional value as you would like.

Here are some quick healthy meals and snacks kids can prepare for themselves, or for the whole family.

Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs are a good choice for breakfast, hot lunch or dinner, or even an afterschool snack. Eggs are a health food that supply high quality protein and other nutrients kids need.

3 eggs
3 tablespoons of milk or water
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons butter

* Break eggs into a small bowl. Add the milk, salt and pepper. Mix everything well with a fork. Make sure the egg yolks are broken up and the yolks and eggs are well mixed.

* Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat, then tilt the skillet so the melted butter coats the bottom.

* Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and cook over low heat. Stir continuously to keep the eggs "scrambled." Cook until the eggs look firm.

Skillet Whole Grain Spaghetti

Instead of putting a couple of frozen pizzas in the oven, the kids can make a quick spaghetti supper on their own. This is a meal the whole family can share before rushing out the door on a busy night.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ cup chopped onion
1 pound ground beef (preferably grass fed)
3 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
1 ¾ cups water
1½ teaspoons sea salt
½ teaspoon dried parsley
½ teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon pepper
8 ounces uncooked whole grain spaghetti

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