Cooking with your kids is a wonderful way to introduce new healthy foods, improve eating habits, and spend quality time as a family.
But if the idea of bringing your crazy kiddos into the kitchen to “help” (a.k.a. make a huge mess and add to your to-do list on an already busy day) makes you want to run and hide, you’re not alone.
The trick to making it work, I’ve found, is to embark on a kid-friendly cooking project:
- when you have plenty of time, like on a weekend afternoon
- when you’re not trying to get a meal on the table
- infrequently – like once or twice a month, or whatever feels manageable to you
This way, you and your kids can reap the benefits of cooking together, without having the activity be a source of stress or frustration.
Below are some easy fall-inspired fruit snacks that kids can easily help create. Customize them to your family’s tastes and have fun!
Layer chopped pears, apples, persimmons, oranges, or any fall fruit you like with plain yogurt and your favorite granola. Top with pomegranate seeds. Use a clear glass or cup so that kids can see the colorful layers!
Thinly slice any kind of apples and arrange around a plate or platter. Drizzle with peanut butter or caramel sauce, nuts, coconut, dried fruit, crumbled cereal – or any other topping your kids love. Dollop with Greek yogurt, or serve alongside yogurt for dipping.
Mixed Fruit Applesauce
This is a great way to capitalize on those pears or apples that are a little too soft to eat as-is. Simply chop as much fruit as you want and simmer over medium-low heat with water and a few sprinkles of cinnamon (4-5 large fruits + 1/3 cup water + ½ tsp cinnamon)
You can also re-purpose whole fruits your kids didn’t finish into this sauce. It’s completely clean after cooking for so long and will appeal to them (and you!) in a whole new way.
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