When parents are asked which room of the house they spend the most time, they’ll most likely tell you it’s in the kitchen. Not lounging in bed, not sunbathing on the deck, not watching TV in basement. In the kitchen.
Soon after a child starts eating solids, parents make their way into the kitchen to cook meal after meal and basically never leave. As master of the kitchen, they’re the menu planner, the cook, the busboy, the dishwasher, and the manager. Kind of like running a restaurant. Exhausting, isn’t it?
When your child gets old enough, make the most of your kitchen and use it as a place for education and fun. It’s a great way to teach your child how to follow directions (and recipes), count ingredients, learn about the benefits of healthy food, team work, and the importance of cleaning up. (When exactly do they start to understand cleaning up? Asking for a friend.)
And while you’re at it, play dress up. Your child can’t be a chef without a tiny chef’s apron.
So, let us set you up for success as you teach your child life biggest lessons in your kitchen. Here are two fun and easy healthy snacks to make!
No-Bake Granola Bars
- 2 ½ cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 cup natural, unsalted creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup pure maple syrup
- Make it 4 (or more) ingredients with add-ins like raisins, dried fruit, chocolate chips, etc.
Add oats to a baking sheet. Microwave peanut butter and maple syrup for about 30 seconds, then stir. Add mixture to the baking sheet and spread across oats. Freeze 25-35 minutes. Slice into bars!
Honey Roasted Peaches
- As many peaches as you’d like, cut in half
- Drizzles of cinnamon and honey
- Dollop of yogurt
- Handful of granola
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place peach halves skin-down on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with honey. Bake for 20 minutes until peaches are charred along the edges. Remove from oven and cool. Top each half with a dollop of yogurt and sprinkle with granola for added flavor.
And before your little one becomes a contestant on Chopped Junior, browse our Toddler and Kid Aprons here for some playful cooking attire.
Pictured: Baby Baazaar Apron Sets