Thinking of letting your child pick up a new skill? Why not consider cooking?
These days, the notion that kitchens should be out-of-bounds for young ones is gradually trickling away like tap water down a sink. Parents are enrolling their kids in baking and cooking classes, specially tailored for participants from as young as four years old.
When kids don their little chefs’ hats and go hands-on with fun and easy-to-make recipes, they are, at the same time, putting on their thinking caps – exercising their creativity in the dishes they make and improving their motor skills.
Getting kids into the home kitchen from a young age is a good way to make learning about healthy food more enjoyable.
A family cook-out is a great opportunity for bonding; you can also teach child about the nutritional benefits of each ingredient in a recipe. What’s more, when you encourage kids to taste and smell new ingredients, they may also learn to overcome picky eating habits.
So what shall I make for my next cooking session with my kid, you ask?
Little nibbles and finger snacks are always popular choices. Here are two simple recipes made with cereals that can be whipped up in a jiffy. To pump up the nutrition, do opt for cereal made with whole grain, such as NESTLÉ BREAKFAST CEREAL. Your child can take part in the activity by adding the cereal, slicing the fruit with a bread knife and mixing the ingredients together.
Cooking can be fun and fuss-free. Enjoy!
Fruity cereal smoothies
Ingredients: 2 medium bananas, sliced (can be substituted with 1 cup strawberries or diced mangoes) I cup milk or yogurt 4 ice cubes 2 teaspoons sugar or honey One half cup breakfast cereal
Mix all ingredients in blender until well blended. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
Cereal mallow squares
Ingredients: 5 cups cornflakes 1 small pack marshmallows ½ stick butter
Melt butter in a saucepan on medium heat.
Add in marshmallows and stir until marshmallows are melted and you get a smooth texture.
Remove saucepan from heat and add cornflakes. Mix well.
Transfer cereal and mallow mixture into a non-stick baking pan, using a spatula to smoothen the mixture.
Leave to cool and set at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 1½ hours.
When set, cut into squares and serve, or store extras in an airtight container.