I’m not a parent yet, and maybe I won’t be in the foreseeable future, but I can tell you that when that day comes that my children can walk and talk, they will be alongside me in the kitchen. Whether it’s learning to make smart snack choices, or just experimenting with ingredients, I want my kiddies to get hands on with food. And maybe even fall in love with it like me.
I’ve recently found a great resource for foodies or parents who want to get kids involved in the kitchen and inspire their family and friends around them to get healthy: Keep the Beat™ Recipes. Keep the Beat, from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, is beyond just a cookbook offering healthy family meals–it’s a resource for information and a collection of healhy-living tips.
Keep the Beat reminds us that “healthy eating is important for the whole family as it can reduce risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other conditions…and getting kids to eat healthy and be active are especially important since these habits are formed early in life.”
The book is jam packed with information. Here’s a sampling of what you can find:
- Main meal recipes like shepherd’s pie and sweet-and-sour chicken
- Grain side dish ideas including roasted red pepper and toasted orzo
- Snack recipes like grapesicles and south western beef roll ups
- Chefs in Training, an online tool that helps you find ways to engage children in and out of the kitchen–from menu planning to grocery shopping to to mixing ingredients
- Super handy nutritional facts accompanying the recipes
- Tips on encouraging healthy eating and time-saving recommendations for busy family
Keep the Beat is available for download for free… yes free, as in no costs or fees attached. So download it for yourself, or print it for your friend, and start getting smart about food today.