Summer is upon us, and if you’re like a lot of people you may be wondering about the best ways to spend these sunny days. If you have a junior Brain Warrior in training, summer is the ideal season to spend more time together in the kitchen showing them what brain healthy eating looks like. Remember, exposure equals preference, and the more time your kids spend seeing you whipping up healthy fare that tastes decadently delicious, the more they will learn to love foods that love them back.
Getting cooking together accomplishes even more than just
healthier eating. It also provides more quality time together, which strengthens
the parent-child bond.
This summer, make it a point to invite your junior Brain
Warriors into the kitchen with you while you do some rehab on kid-friendly recipes.
Rehabbing unhealthy dishes your kids crave will help you win the battle for
your family’s health.
When kids feel like they’re being deprived, they will
instinctively push back and can create a scene or refuse to eat the clean and
nutritious foods you serve them. When you simply put a healthy twist on
something they love, they’re far more likely to eat it…and like it!
In our home, I’ve been cooking with my daughter Chloe since
she was very young. She’s grown up on rehabbed recipes, taking things like
chicken nuggets, mac-n-cheese, and fried fish sticks and turning them into
healthy versions that still taste great.
If you’re ready to start summer school in the kitchen with
your junior Brain Warrior, try the following Chloe-approved rehabbed recipe
that turns greasy chicken wings into a high-quality protein dish. You and your
kids will love it.
You can find Chloe’s Favorite Chicken Wings on my website.
Here are three tips for a successful summer of kitchen training
with your junior Brain Warrior:
1. Keep it simple.
Avoid complicated recipes with a million ingredients. You
want to keep your cooking lessons short, especially for really young kids.
2. Pick something your kids love.
Set yourself up for success by choosing a recipe that
includes foods you know your kids already like—whether that’s chicken,
strawberries, or shrimp.
3. Keep it fun.
Don’t treat this like a serious classroom. Let your kids be
kids. The more fun they have cooking with you, the more they will want to do it
again. And the more they will associate healthy foods with having fun.
Be sure to leave a comment on my Facebook page with any kid-approved brain healthy recipes your junior Warriors like. We can all benefit from finding out what works in other Warrior families.
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