Creating Artful Appeal in the Kitchen
November 21, 2016
Let’s review what we know about the benefits of kids in the kitchen. It is a way to:
- Start the conversation and help kids develop skills, like healthy meal planning, shopping, cooking and clean-up that last a lifetime.
- Help them feel good about themselves; the delight and pride in making something themselves.
- Become aware of what to look for on nutrition labels.
- Learn about food safety.
- Help them discover the appeal and taste of foods they prepare.
Beyond those great benefits, it is a way to build appeal for healthier choices. It is not hard to imagine how using elements similar to those in art can build appeal for healthier meals. Try the following and add it to your collection of healthier holiday foods.
- 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained
- 1 container (8 ounces) fat-free lime-flavored yogurt
- ¾ cup fresh blueberries
- ¾ cup fresh strawberries, chopped
- ½ cup granola
In a small bowl, combine the pineapple with half of the yogurt. In small parfait or juice glasses, alternately layer the pineapple-yogurt mixture, blueberries, strawberries and granola. Repeat the layering twice. Top each parfait with a spoonful of yogurt.
- Compare ingredients in the recipe for taste, texture, and color.
- Discuss how the taste and appearance would change by substituting plain for flavored yogurt.