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April 20, 2021 42 min
When the pandemic first hit the U.S. last March, and we found ourselves working and learning from home and had a lot more time on our hands, many of us made our way to the kitchen to bake sourdough bread and sweet treats and make homemade meals from scratch. Many of us also brought our kids into the kitchen to teach them how to cook, to spend quality time together, and to bond. In fact, according to Guelph Family Health Study, 50% of parents involved their kids in cooking more often during the pandemic.  While cooking can often feel like a chore, or something you don’t have time for, cooking with your kids is one of the best ways to get them out of their picky eating habits, encourage them to eat their vegetables, and become healthy, adventurous eaters. Although it may be messy, it doesn’t have to be time-consuming or stressful and you can use it as an opportunity to teach a life skill, spark creativity and build a stronger relationship with your kids.  In this episode, I’m talking with Katie Kimball, founder of and the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse about where the idea of “kid-friendly food” and kids menus came from, the many benefits of cooking with kids, and why it’s more important than ever that we do. Plus, Katie serves up easy, practical tips to teach your kids how to cook—and even make dinner on their own. Season #2 starts in June and new episodes post on Tuesday. Subscribe today so you never miss the latest news and practical insight for raising healthy families and creating change in the U.S.  Be sure to sign up for the free video course, Turn Your Picky Eaters Into Little Foodies: Welcome  2:30 Why is there this misplaced belief that kids will only eat “kid-friendly foods?” 6:37 Where did the idea for kid’s menus come from? 11:20 Why, now more than ever, is it vital that we re-think how we feed our kids? 19:30 What does research tell us about when we can have the greatest impact on kids’ eating habits?  21:35 What are all of the benefits of teaching kids how to cook?   26:33 For parents who don’t know how to cook or don’t like to cook, what are some easy steps they can take?  39:35 How do we redefine play, how we spend our time, and dinner? 33:07 What are some simple, practical tips for parents to teach kids to cook for the family?  39:30 What is the #KidsMealRevolution and how can parents get involved?  LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW Katie talked about a 2019 study in the journal Pediatrics which showed influencers marketing unhealthy foods to kids are effective but marketing healthy foods had no effect. Katie is the founder of is the creator of the Kids Cook Real Food ecourse.Watch a video with Katie talking about the #KidsMealRevolution.Watch the Knife Skills for Kids video for Food Issues listeners. ABOUT OUR SPONSOR The Dinner Daily is a one-of-a-kind, weekly, personalized dinner planning service that makes getting dinner on the table every night easy and affordable for busy families.  Founded by a working mom of 3, The Dinner Daily answers the “what’s for dinner” question, helps families eat healthy, and save money and time.  Members receive complete meal plans and an organized grocery shopping list customized according to their food preferences, dietary needs, family size, and weekly specials at more than 16,000 grocery stores across the U.S. to help them save money.  Meal plans can be customized for gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, heart-healthy, and more. The service also provides one-click ordering at Kroger stores nationwide and select Stop & Shop stores in the Northeast.  The Dinner Daily has been featured in Rachael Ray Every Day and Working Mother magazines.  Memberships are as low as $4/a month and new members ge...
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