Raising a food lover from Provigo Le Marché Kirkland
Raising a food lover – When you are in the kitchen preparing a meal, have you ever thought about everything that goes into creating a delicious dish? From reading a recipe to grocery shopping to practicing food safety, making food involves much more than just cooking.
This is why cooking is such an amazing family activity. There are tasks for children of all ages, and by getting your children involved in the kitchen, you are helping to teach them a number of skills. They will learn math skills and improve coordination by measuring ingredients, they will learn about nutrition and making good choices, and, of course, they will learn how to cook with wholesome foods. Choosing recipes from different parts of the world can also start a conversation about food cultures!
What does it take to raise a food lover? It starts with getting your children working in the kitchen. Depending on the age of your child, they can help you at every stage of the cooking process. Children of all ages can help make food choices at the grocery store, and can help clean up after a meal. Younger children can measure and pour certain ingredients, as well as retrieve ingredients from the pantry or refrigerator. Older children can get a little more involved, and can help with peeling, chopping, mixing and cooking. No matter what the recipe, there are opportunities to teach your children something new.
So let’s get cooking! Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and here are just a few ideas that mom will love:
Make an edible arrangement. A common gift to mom is a bouquet of flowers. Create your own beautiful arrangement this year with her favourite fruits instead. It will look as sweet as it tastes. Your older children can cut the fruit using cookie cutters and the young ones can put them on skewers. Place in a vase and voilà!
Start an herb garden. Give the gift that keeps giving. With fresh thyme, basil, chives and parsley growing in the window, mom will have fresh herbs for her favourite dishes. Decorate the pots for an extra personal touch!
Make her breakfast in bed: Nothing says “I love you” like a homemade breakfast delivered right to your bed. Get the whole family in the kitchen making mom’s favourite morning eats, or make something new, like the Banana Berry Rolls recipe below.
If you are interested in creating family fun in your kitchen, Provigo Le Marché Kirkland offers a variety of events and activities that are perfect for children and families. Chat with me anytime for ideas!
Banana Berry Rolls
• 3 tbsp (45 mL) no name Spreadable Cream Cheese
• 4 tsp (20 mL) PC Blue Menu Twice the Fruit Power Fruit 6-Fruit Spread
4 slices whole wheat bread, crusts removed•
• 1 banana
- In bowl and using fork, mash cream cheese with spread.
- Place bread slices on work surface. Using rolling pin, flatten. Divide cream cheese mixture among bread slices, spreading whole surface.
- Peel banana. Cut in half lengthwise, then cut each half in half lengthwise to make 4 long pieces. Place a banana piece on edge of each bread slice. Roll banana in bread. Skewer with a tooth pick, or wrap each roll individually in plastic wrap and twist ends.
Per serving: Calories 140; Fat 4.5 g; Sodium 180 mg; Carbohydrate 22 g; Fibre 3 g; Protein 4 g
Recipe source: pc.ca
Geneviève Ledoux is a registered dietitian with Provigo Le Marché Kirkland. She provides services like one-on-one consultations, assisted shopping, school tours and recipe ideas at locations across the country. Join us for a free presentation on heart health June 2nd at 2:30pm. To reserve your seat contact Genevieve Ledoux at 514-826-4280 or by email at: Genevieve.ledoux@provigo .