By TEIS Registered Dietitian Emily Novak, RD, LDN
Wasn’t I just sitting on the white sand beaches enjoying the summer sun? It feels like I blinked and it is fall— that time of year again where my shopping list is a mile long and my to-do list is even longer! With Thanksgiving quickly sneaking up I need some extra help—so it is time to enlist the kids! That’s right—I’m putting them to work! Who says a 3 year old and 16 month old can’t help with Turkey Day!
As a Registered Dietitian and Momma I love to find ways to teach my children about food and nutrition—so Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity do this! From mashing potatoes, stirring a pot, scrubbing potatoes, stuffing the turkey—there is a ton of stuff children can do to help prepare for the big dinner! It’s a great time to discuss how food is grown and where it comes from as well as the nutritional value of these foods. Reading recipes and using measuring spoons and cups also helps children with their reading and math skills. So why not get those kiddos in the kitchen to help!! Here are 7 great ways you can get your kids in the kitchen with you this Thanksgiving:
Thanksgiving meal prep doesn’t have to be crazy—well it probably will be either way—but at least if you have your kiddo(s) helping you out they are building confidence, learning new things and creating memories. The quality time you spend with them in the kitchen now will be something they are “thankful” for later in life!