The challenge facing our kids:
- 1/3 of American children are obese or overweight.
- Childhood obesity strongly predicts adult obesity and all of the health problems that can come with it.
- 93% of kids don't eat the daily recommended amount of vegetables.
- Kids are born with an innate preference for carbs and sugar and an innate dislike of bitter foods (i.e. most veggies). They may need to try a food as many as 20 times in order to begin to like it.
The Nomster Chef Mission:
3* Ways that Cooking Benefits Kids
1.) COOKING BUILDS HEALTHY HABITS
Many of people's eating preferences and habits are formed between the ages of 2-5, and so it's important to expose kids to many types of food when they're young. Research shows kids are more likely to eat food that they've helped to cook, so involving them in the cooking process is a great way to encourage them to try less-preferred food (broccoli- we're looking at you!).
2.) COOKING IS AN IMPORTANT LIFE SKILL
Home cooked meals are healthier than take-out or packaged food, but many adults don't know how to cook. If kids learn when they're young, they'll have the tools they need to cook healthy meals into adulthood.
3.) COOKING = SCHOOL SMARTS
It may not seem like it, but kids can learn a lot from cooking. Here are some skills they practice while cooking:
- Reading: vocabulary development
- Science: scientific method, how plants grow (biology), how cooking works (chemistry)
- Math: measuring, number sense, counting, shapes, patterns, proportions
- Executive Function: self control, planning order of steps, focused attention
- Motor skills: stirring, cutting, pouring, etc.
*BONUS REASON: FUN TIME SPENT WITH FAMILY!
When kids cook with their grown-ups, meal prep time can change from another thing on the never ending to-do list to fun family bonding time.
Cooking together makes lasting family memories kids treasure when they get older.