Three recipes to get your kids cooking

“I’m bored.” “There’s nothing to do.” “Can I have a snack?”

If you’re a parent, you probably hear those three phrases on repeat when your kids are on break from school.

Introducing your kids to cooking is a great way to satisfy all three – but it can have more benefits, too.

From learning the basics to exposing them to new foods, taking time in the kitchen with your kids can give them the confidence and skills they need to pursue healthy food choices for a lifetime.

Get those aprons ready

Not sure where to start? Try one of these simple recipes that are both kid-friendly and dietitian-approved.

Red, White & Blue Smoothie Pops

This simple recipe combines healthy yogurt and fruit into a tasty summer treat! Once frozen, the pops can sit in the freezer until ready to serve.

Ask your kids what other colors they would want for their smoothie pops. Talk about which fruits you could use to make those colors. You can use this opportunity to teach them how eating a rainbow of colors means they’re getting a balance of nutrients to fuel their bodies.

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Veggie Pirate Boats

Set sail for healthy eating! These veggie boats are a great way to introduce reluctant kids to new foods. Cucumbers are hollowed out to make “boats” that are filled with a corn and bean mix. Try mixing in other veggies as your little pirate starts to feel more adventurous.

For some added fun, break out the colored paper and markers to make masts and sails to decorate your creations.

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BBQ Chicken Pizza

Pizza is always a crowd-pleaser when it comes to kids, and cooking dinner for the whole family can be a point of pride for kids of all ages.

Older children can practice simple cutting skills under supervision, while younger kids especially enjoy being able to knead and play with the dough.

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Last Updated: April 22, 2022

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About Author: Katie Whitt

Katie Whitt is a marketing and communications coordinator for OSF HealthCare, where she has worked since January 2016. Originally from Valparaiso, Indiana, she came to Peoria to earn her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Bradley University. Before joining OSF, she worked as a copy editor for both the Peoria Journal Star and The Bloomington Pantagraph.

In her spare time, Katie enjoys traveling, reading anything she can get her hands on and spending shameful amounts of time watching Netflix. She justifies her couch time with kickboxing and running.

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