Kids Eat Right Month

August is Kids Eat Right Month and a great time for families to learn how to cook healthy together! A clever way to encourage children to try new foods is to get kids in the kitchen. This week, we’re featuring recipes to help kids start young and learn simple cooking tasks before moving on to more complex skills.

Kids in the kitchen

Do it: Ask your child to peel the banana for you, slice it with a plastic knife, and throw away the peel.

Let’s Learn: Ask your child to count how many pitas you are using.

Switch-a-roo: Choose any other nut butter or fruit that you like.

Kids in the kitchen

  • Do it: Once you have added all the apple, pear, and jicama in a bowl, ask your child to help you mix them. Once you add the rest of the ingredients, ask them to mix it up again!
  • Let’s Learn! Ask your child to describe his or her favorite fruit (shape, texture, flavor, color, etc.)
  • Switcheroo: Use any other dried fruit instead of raisins. Try another fruit juice or, if you’d like a creamy dressing, substitute vanilla yogurt.

What Can Your Child Do in the Kitchen?

This handy infographic from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is a helpful start. Visit for more information.

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