In the last tip, I talked about making mindful moments and incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine will make for a calm, cool and collected 2017. In this blog series, I have prepared some of my favourite 'survival tips' for you and your family to have a happy healthy New Year and make lasting changes.
Next up, is my favourite tip - teaching your kids food skills and cooking abilities. Teaching food skills at a young age is incredibly beneficial to helping a child build a positive relationship with food. Not only do they become more self-sufficient as they get older and start to prepare their own school lunches and after school snacks but they learn how to appreciate flavours of food and incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diets on their own.
Tip#6: Get Your Kids into the Kitchen
- nutriFoodie camps incorporate principles about food, which help children to develop skills that lead to self-sufficiency and autonomy. Our focus is to educate youth on cooking, food and nutrition in addition to advocating for positive body image with the end goal of preventing disordered eating behaviours and diet-related diseases.
- How to do it: Pick simple recipes and delegate tasks like washing fruits, measuring ingredients, safely chopping food items, grating cheese, peeling veggies, etc. First demonstrate to your child how to do the task and allow them to take the reigns. Teach them to taste, smell, see and touch food as it cooks and allow them to adjust flavours (see our kids in the kitchen blog post for more tips).
- Incorporate multiculturalism into the kitchen by teaching your children about different ethnic dishes. Plan a mini history lesson together to learn about new flavours, cultural traditions and ethnic foods. Plan a themed night, prepare a dish together and educate the whole family about that country's traditions like eating Ethiopian food on pillows on the floor or learning how to use chopsticks and making Japanese sushi.
Now you have 6 tips to limit stress and get you through 2017
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