Welcome back to Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE and Mom, guest blogging for momstown meals every month.
Hopefully, you've shaped up your plate in honor of National Nutrition Month in March. Now that it's April, it's time to get cooking with your kids.
Introducing kids to the kitchen is, in my opinion, essential. Not only does it present the opportunity for you to be a good role model, but it also teaches them to be proactive connoisseurs of healthy food. Kids need to know where their food comes from, what efforts go into meal preparation, what ingredients specifically go into their meal, and how eating nutritious food can be fun, easy and, of course, delicious. Here are my five favorite servingware products that I use at home with my boys to make the cooking and eating experience one that's not to be forgotten.
1. Zoku Pop Maker. My boys and I use the Zoku Pop Maker regularly—it's the fastest to use and easiest to clean of its kind. Even my boys, who have especially picky palates, love the pops, and Zoku allows me to sneak several fruits into a single snack. All that goes into the Zoku Pop Maker is pre-blended fruit, water and a dash of sugar (though sugar is not necessary). Pour the elixir into the pop machine, and within nine minutes, you have clean, fresh frozen fruit pops that are smooth in texture and high in fiber.
2. Nest, from Joseph Joseph. Preparing a meal has never been more fun or easy than with these colorful nesting bowls. You can use them to make whole grain pancakes, pasta salad or chocolate chip cookies. The bottom grip is especially great for young chefs who like to stir the bowls!
3. Sustainable Servingware. After losing our last set of stainless steel spoons, I vowed to maintain a more eco-friendly kitchen by opting for these great products from Bambu (manufacturer of kids' bamboo-derived plates and servingwear) and World Centric (sustainable kitchenware). These products are especially great for birthday parties and holiday celebrations. Never again will you need to use plastic!
4. Portionware. Portionware is a great tool for parents because it lets you know how much you're feeding your kids. While kids don't need to be bogged down with measuring cups and servings sizes, parents are responsible for recognizing how much food they are sending their children with to school. A product like Portionware, or even Pyrex dishes, makes this easy.
5. Graze Organic. In order to be the gatekeeper of your children's food selections, it's imperative to encourage your kids to eat lunches and snacks that are prepared in your household. Making it "cool" to bring food from home can be just as important as the food itself. Think fun lunchboxes or earth-friendly, stylish bags, like these, from Graze Organic. My boys love the superhero lunchboxes.
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