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Teaching Your Kids to Cook For Their Future Health

Today, I’m sharing a member story from Jenna, mom of 4 who used Kids Cook Real Food to teach her kids to cook so that they wouldn’t be as clueless as she was as a young adult. 

If you want to set them up for a healthy adulthood, teaching your kids to cook is vital.

Here’s Jenna with her story: 

 

 

Can’t see the video? Watch Jenna’s story here on YouTube!

I was not brought up in a home where I learned how to cook, so I had zero cooking skills as a kid and early on when we first got married.

Several years ago, when my husband and I decided to change our diet and get away from processed food and start cooking from scratch, it was overwhelming. It was a big lifestyle change for us, and we had to figure all that out, while already having kids.

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Why Teach Kids to Cook When it’s Already Feeling Hard?

There are so many reasons why we wanted to start teaching our kids to cook. We wanted them to learn the life skill of cooking. I don’t want them to have to fumble in their early adulthood trying to figure out what it means to cook.

I want them to leave our home already prepared, knowing how to find healthy foods at the grocery store, and knowing how to put together a grocery list and a meal plan.

I just love Real Salt.

I love the rustic multicolored granules. I love the story on the bottles of how it was discovered. I love that it comes without contamination from modern pollution. I love the 60 trace minerals.

I love sprinkling it on my eggs with abandon, not worrying about the perils of refined salt.

Redmond real salt

In my book, Real Salt is the winner when it comes to salt. Here are just a few reasons:

  • U.S. company (we Americans are not dependent on foreign salt)
  • Protected from pollution because it’s mined underground
  • Easy to find, even in my big chain grocery store
  • Already granulated – no grinding salt just to make bread or muffins

If you are ready to get REAL with your salt, use the code “Kitchenstew” for 15% off anything on Redmond’s website.

Not convinced? Learn the benefits of unrefined salt here.

I want them to have the skills to get into the kitchen and cook confidently and not feel like they have to go to college or their first job and just do a fast-food drive-through or grab processed foods. I don’t want that for them.

I love that with Kids Cook Real Food we’re teaching them those skills that they can use now, which is super helpful for me in the moment, but also fulfills that long-term vision of setting them up for success in the future. I completely love that vision.

Teaching Kids to Cook: Short Term Benefits

The kids are in the kitchen with me all the time now. We call it kitchen helper, and they rotate who’s kitchen helper for each meal.

My 8-year-old daughter absolutely loves cracking eggs. Any chance she has to crack an egg, she says, “Can I do that Mom? Can I do that?” She completely does it herself. She cleans up the mess. She washes her hands when she’s done. I mean, the whole process.

My 5-year-old son loves all the stirring. Whenever he stirs, he always goes, “I’m going ’til it’s uniform, Mom, I’m going to go ’til it’s uniform.” and,” I’m doing the pogo stick or the merry-go-round.”

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My older two (ages 10 and 8)  have done the sharp knife class already and for them to be able to get the sharp knives and use those was a very big deal. They love to cut whatever they can, whether it’s mushrooms or strawberries. 

What was so great about your class is the terminology and the vocabulary that you give the kids to use. It’s so beneficial and helpful for them.

My kids love to be useful and they love to do important things. When they’re in the kitchen, they’re contributing and doing something that we get to immediately benefit from when we eat it.

Katie and Paul cooking

Future-Proofing Your Kids’ Health by Teaching Them to Cook

I love how Kids Cook Real Food is giving my kids a vision of the amount of work that goes into a kitchen and teaching them that it’s just part of our daily routine. They’re a part of that and they like doing it. I love how that’ll just be normal for them when they grow up which was not my experience with food.

I was very detached from food as a kid. I wasn’t a part of the process of making it, and my mom didn’t cook from scratch so we just had a lot of processed foods.

I love how your class is empowering my kids to get in the kitchen confidently. It’s building traditions for them. This is something to that.

We plan to get into the kitchen, and we have to make that extra 30 minutes to an hour before dinner to prep and peel the vegetables and do all that prep work that is time-consuming.

When it’s just part of your daily routine, and they are enjoying it so much at this age, I really am hopeful that this will just continue on, that they’ll just always enjoy it, and that will help them when they’re on their own, and I absolutely love that, because I desire for them to have that long-term vision of what food is.

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Kids Who Cook Real Food Enjoy Healthy Food

It is so well worth the effort to watch your kids’ palates change. Our kids’ tastebuds and their palates have completely altered and changed in so many positive ways.

Our kids prefer fresh fruits and vegetables over-processed foods. They eat soups and salads and salmon, and they eat so many foods that I never touched as a kid. They eat them on a regular daily and weekly basis. They enjoy it!

I just love Real Salt.

I love the rustic multicolored granules. I love the story on the bottles of how it was discovered. I love that it comes without contamination from modern pollution. I love the 60 trace minerals.

I love sprinkling it on my eggs with abandon, not worrying about the perils of refined salt.

Redmond real salt

In my book, Real Salt is the winner when it comes to salt. Here are just a few reasons:

  • U.S. company (we Americans are not dependent on foreign salt)
  • Protected from pollution because it’s mined underground
  • Easy to find, even in my big chain grocery store
  • Already granulated – no grinding salt just to make bread or muffins

If you are ready to get REAL with your salt, use the code “Kitchenstew” for 15% off anything on Redmond’s website.

Not convinced? Learn the benefits of unrefined salt here.

You do have to change your mindset. You have to make that mental shift of “this is a lifestyle change we’re making, the benefit is worth it.”

It’s good for our bodies, our kids’ bodies, and for the long-term vision of how we want them to grow up and be able to make those choices when they’re adults.

I love Jenna’s story and her vision for her kids’ future health. Teaching kids life skills like cooking is something I’m passionate about!

If you’re ready to start your own journey teaching kids to cook sign up for Kids Cook Real Food now!

YES! TEACH MY KIDS TO COOK!

teaching kids to cook for their future health

What You Should Do Next:

1. Subscribe to The Healthy Parenting Connector

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2. Try a Free Preview of my Cooking Class for Kids

Our members’ favorite lesson is always our 10-minute knife skills and safety class, teaching techniques with unique & memorable phrases from butter knives to chef’s knives (ages 2-teen). Take a peek here and try it out with your kids.

3. Enroll in the Online Cooking Course for Kids:

Enroll now in the Wall Street Journal’s #1 recommended online cooking class for kids (also rated 5 stars on Facebook). See what fits your family best HERE.

About Katie Kimball

Katie Kimball, CSME, creator of Kids Cook Real Food and CEO of Kitchen Stewardship, LLC, is passionate about connecting families around healthy food. As a trusted educator and author of 8 real food cookbooks, she’s been featured on media outlets like ABC, NBC and First for Women magazine and contributes periodically on the FOX Network.

Since 2009, busy moms have looked to Katie as a trusted authority and advocate for children’s health, and she often partners with health experts and medical practitioners to stay on the cutting edge. In 2016 she created the Wall Street Journal recommended best online kids cooking course, Kids Cook Real Food, helping thousands of families around the world learn to cook. She is actively masterminding the Kids’ Meal Revolution, with a goal of every child learning to cook.

A mom of 4 kids from Michigan, she is also a Certified Stress Mastery Educator, member of the American Institute of Stress and trained speaker through Bo Eason’s Personal Story Power.

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