One of my favorite memories from childhood is cooking and baking hot, sweet, and soft cinnamon buns and apple-cinnamon pirozhki with my grandma! This rich memory is full of love, fun, and a cinnamon aroma that always brings in a rush of nostalgia! Even today, a piece of yeast-based sweet dough tastes like a spoonful of pure happiness! It is the choice of parents what kind of memories they wish to create for their little ones!
Today we have a number of tools and ideas to keep our kids entertained, but we are going to talk about a tried-and-tested evergreen fundamental formula to bond with kids – Food! Bonding time with parents in the kitchen is super beneficial; it establishes a healthy relationship with food, creates a flavor palette, and is a melting pot of life-lasting memories!
I love cooking because it is a very sensory and sensual experience. You have to use your hands a lot, eyes, nose, counting, measuring, reading, learning new ingredients, and even skills to plan and build confidence and improve creativity! To add to that, we all know how important this life skill is and what a gift it proves to be for your kids. So forget about the potential mess in the kitchen, and look at it as a bigger picture.
Before I share a list of my favorite healthy cooking with kids’ cookbooks, I will clarify how I picked these books. I know that health means something different to everyone, so I wanted to ensure we captured this in our round-up.
My idea of healthy means no processed food and wholesome ingredients. Ergo, most recipes in the below-mentioned cookbooks are based on fresh vegetables, fruits, and dairy products, with no refined sugar, no processed meat, minimum flour, and no artificial ingredients.
Here are seven of my favorite healthy cooking with kids:
1. Ella’s Kitchen: The Big Baking Book
This book is very simple to read and understand, with vibrant pictures and fun tips for kids. Kids love baking, and this book with bright colors, lovely photos, and so many recipes. It also gives an insight into different things you can use in baking to reduce the sugar content and switch to natural sweeteners and flavoring. It’s. Ellas Kitchen Cook Books are incredibly versatile, and I highly recommend this.
2. Little Cookery by Lotti Aldarwish
If you want to spend more time with your kids, this book provides excellent cooking with kids’ ideas and recipes. There is room for the little cooks to draw or write their notes, a shopping list for each recipe, and plenty of encouragement along the way. Illustrations are colorful, engaging, and very very easy to follow.
3. Super Foods for Super Kids Cookbook: 50 Delicious (and secretly healthy recipes kids will love to make) by Noelle Martin
This cooking with kids cookbook has fantastic kitchen tutorials that will teach you how to read a recipe, talk like a chef, and safely use the tools needed to sizzle, chop, and simmer. With easy-to-read instructions and 50 yummy recipes, you and your child can develop a positive relationship with nutritious food.
4. Super Food for Superchildren
Delicious, low-sugar recipes for healthy, happy children, from toddlers to teens, by Bridget Surtees and Tim Noakes:
For those looking for low-sugar dietary recipes, this book is the best on the market. The book is divided into sections for different children’s age groups, with beautiful photographs and delicious recipes.
5. The Good Stuff: Delicious recipes and tips for happier and healthier children by Lucinda Miller
Making the kids understand healthy eating habits with useful parenting tips is the highlight of this book. The book shows how vital it is to reverse the fast food trend and bring back home-cooked food as a mainstay of family life. It offers a series of simple steps to help your child build a positive relationship with food.
6. Start to Cook (Cookery) by Abigail Wheatley
A perfect healthy cooking book for beginner cooks of all ages. It’s filled with over 150 recipes with complete step-by-step instructions. This book is a power booster for those who get nervous while stepping into the kitchen.
7. Adventure in Veggieland by Melanie Potock
This book teaches kids aged 3-8 to love vegetables. Allows parents to introduce a new vegetable every week in creative and engaging ways. The book features 20 vegetables, organized by season, with activities and recipes highlighting the program’s three phases to vegetable love: expose, explore, and expand.
So go ahead, bring your kids into the kitchen and encourage them to help you create a dish while you create lasting memories.
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