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Get your kids cooking: Their culinary skills predict their future health

Getting your kids into the kitchen is good for them—says a recent study.....

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In fact, the study claims adolescents’ culinary skills today are a strong predictor of their future nutritional well-being, and ultimately their health. This is at least a bit concerning, as the research also shows a decline in home cooking skills, and a decline in cooking being taught in schools.


It makes complete sense, though: Someone who is confident and efficient in the kitchen is less likely to reach for fast food or pre-made meals pumped with all sort of processed ingredients.


To find their results, researchers collected data over the course of 10 years to look at the impact of a person’s perceived cooking skills on their nutritional well-being as time passed. Participants reported on their cooking skills and habits in 2002 when they were all between the ages of 18 and 23. Then in 2015, the were reassessed.


In short, the results showed those who are more confident in the kitchen cook more frequently, cook more frequently with vegetables, eat with their families more often, and eat fast food less frequently.


So how do you convince your kids to become interested in cooking?


Here are some tips:


Vegetable Garden:


Vegetables always taste better when you grow them yourself. Get your kids gardening, even if it’s just a pot of lettuce and carrots on your porch. They’ll be way more likely to want to both eat and cook vegetables into something healthy for dinner.


Refurbish their favorite meal


Is your kid’s favorite meal is pizza. Get them involved and make a homemade pizza. Or if it’s a sweet tooth your kids have, challenge them to a baking competition.


Take them shopping


Take your kids to get groceries with you, and let them pick out a new fruit or vegetable to try with dinner. The sense of power in selecting their own food will get them trying all kinds of new foods.


Good luck!!!

Coach Viv