BLOG: There is nothing more enjoyable than a warm weekend breakfast on a chilly fall morning. And involving your child in meal preparation is more than just family fun; it can be an easy way to start a healthy relationship with wholesome foods.
Studies show that children who participate in meal preparation eat healthier and more well balanced diets. Additionally, kids are more likely to eat larger portions of foods that they prepare themselves; making healthy meal choices a must for parents who cook with their children.
Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to share the kitchen with whole family. Often referred to as “the most important meal of the day,” breakfast is also the meal most frequently skipped by children. While cooking with kids can be a challenge, it doesn’t have to be! Below I have featured an easy and kid-friendly pancake recipe. But before you begin, check out some of my tips for keeping children interested in the healthy foods they make:
• Take your children to the store with you. A quick trip to your neighborhood shop will allow them to see where the ingredients come from. This is the first and most important step in making healthy choices.
• Teach them about the ingredients in the recipe. Using Stewart’s products is a great opportunity to share that fresh foods not only taste better, they can be healthier. Little ones will love to hear that the milk comes fresh from cows nearby!
• Give them options and ask for input. Kids are more likely to eat foods they select. For example, ask them if they want blueberries or bananas in their pancakes.
• Assign age appropriate tasks. Older children may be responsible for beating the eggs, while youngsters can pour pre-measured ingredients into a bowl
• Let them take the first bite and celebrate your cooking success! Positive cooking experiences can help build self-confidence and set up future healthy choices.
Easy Buttermilk Pancake Recipe
(You can find everything right in your neighborhood Stewart’s shop!)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp sugar
2 large Stewart’s eggs
3 cups Stewart’s buttermilk
4 Tbsp Stewart’s butter, melted
1 cup add-ins (using bananas, blueberries or chocolate chips!)
1. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a medium bowl. (Pre-measure these ingredients for small children
2. In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs. (This is a fun step for slightly older kids)
3. Add eggs, buttermilk, melted butter and any additions to the flour mixture. Whisk together.
4. Spray a skillet pan or griddle with non-stick cooking spray and place over medium-high heat.
5. Using a quarter cup measure, pour pancake batter onto skillet.
6. Cook about 2 minutes and flip. Cook 1 more minute. (This is another fun activity for slightly older children)
7. Repeat with remaining batter and serve warm.
-Christine Sloat MS, RD, CDN
About Christine: Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, and a Master’s of Science in Applied Nutrition from The Sage Colleges in Troy. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.