Many times when college students and young adults move into their first place away from mom and dad, one of the biggest challenges they face is having to make themselves dinner.
They are finally in their first ‘home away from home’ and realize mom isn’t there anymore to make dinner for them. Now, along with everything else coming into college requires you to figure out, learning how to successfully create sustenance is added to that list.
The big problem with this is that most young adults tend to have very limited cooking skills. This lack of skills leads them to stick with simple, processed meals they can just stick in the microwave or in the oven for a few minutes.
While these meals are okay every once in a while, having them almost every day can lead to poor health outcomes. Because of this, parents should include their children in meal prep from a young age.
The #1 way to raise healthy eaters is to create lots of opportunities for them to participate in the kitchen. Kids are naturally curious and will always want to take part in what their parents are doing.
Kids in the kitchen sound like an accident waiting to happen, but it’s a great way for them to learn a valuable skill they will use throughout the rest of their lives.
Kids can start out in the kitchen washing fruits and veggies and gather ingredients and as they get older they can do more challenging things. Kids can measure ingredients or they can peel and cut vegetables. As long as they are being supervised kids should have no trouble in the kitchen.
Not only is including kids in the making of meals a good way for them to learn a good life skill it’s also a great time to bond with your child. You can talk about your day and learn about what is going on in your child’s life as you prepare a meal together.
Eventually, you can go on to make a tradition out of making your favorite meals together. If there are multiple cooks in the kitchen everyone can have a job and you can make a delicious, healthy meal in a short amount of time and move the conversation from the kitchen to the dinner table.
Summer Intern– Amanda Rivera