Teach kids to cook!

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Researchers looked at data from thousands of people who were surveyed at ages 18 to 23 about their cooking skills and later, when they were 30 to 35, about their cooking and eating habits. In their 30s, those who had rated their cooking skills as “adequate” or “very adequate” as young adults were more likely to prepare meals that included vegetables and eat meals as a family, and less likely to eat fast food, than those who had reported poorer cooking skills. If cooking classes are offered as electives at your children’s school, encourage them to sign up! Make cooking dinner a family affair by dividing duties at mealtime (prep cook, sauté chef, salad maker) whenever you all have the time. Throw on some music to add some fun. If you're not great in the kitchen yourself, build your competence and confidence by finding a cooking class in your community, or ask a friend who’s cooking you enjoy for help. It’s never too late to learn kitchen skills, and regularly preparing meals.

Source: Self-Perceived Cooking Skills in Emerging Adulthood Predict Better Dietary Behaviors and Intake 10 Years Later: A Longitudinal Study

“Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.” Craig Claiborne

 

Posted on July 13, 2018 and filed under nutrition.