Cooking with children

Posted By | September 30, 2005 12:00 am

Jody Sliger
• Learning how to cook allows children to develop new skills, expand energy, understand nutrition, and spend creative quality time with mom and dad.
• When a child begins to master the art of cooking, they are exposed to lessons in math, reading and science and then the result can satisfy their creative longings as well as fill their tummies.
• The USDA food pyramid has evolved since its introduction in 1992, the new pyramid recommendations can be found online at mypyramid.org. The change to the pyramid is a simple way for American’s to better understand exercise and nutritional needs. These changes are important for choosing a healthier lifestyle.
• Children can understand better how food choices will affect their overall health when taught about nutrition while creating fun and healthy foods to eat.
Groovy granola
• 1/4 cup butter
• 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
• 2 1/2 cups uncooked oats
• 1/4 cup slivered almonds
• 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
• 1/2 cup raisins
• 1/3 cup chopped dates
• 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
• 1/3 cup chocolate chips
• Add crunch and fiber to a child’s lunch by including a small bag of this nutty snack mix.
• Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter in a 15-by-10-inch jelly roll pan. Stir in the brown sugar until combined. Stir in the oats, almonds and walnuts. Spread the mixture in an even layer in the pan.
• Bake granola 12-15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring twice during the baking process. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool. When completely cool, stir in remaining ingredients.
• Store it in an airtight container.

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