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Symmentha
« on: October 17, 2010 05:26:22 AM »

Just wondering if anyone would be so kind as to share some super simple, but healthy recipes that I could make with 2-3-4 year olds. Im studying childcare, and considering the obesity epidemic everything has to be aimed at healthy eating and I also want the kids to be able to do most of the 'work' obv with supervision, however Im really struggling with recipes. Even stuff I can adapt so its simpler for kiddies would be great. Thanks in advance. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2010 05:57:13 AM »

Here are a few recipes that my kids love:

Sandwich rolls - tortillas, lunch meat, cheese, lettuce, mayo or garden vegetable cream cheese

Fruit salad - mix grapes, pineapple, apples (pre chopped) and coconut flakes (actually you can change the fruits up as needed)

Ants on a log - spread smooth peanut butter on celery sticks (the log) and put raisins in the peanut butter (to become the ants) **This might not work due to peanut allergy but if you can do it, the kids will love them!**

Trail mix - nuts, raisins, banana chips, m&ms (completely optional, but tasty!)



And a site that's helpful - http://www.childrensrecipes.com
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2010 06:29:21 AM »

what about mini pizza, you can buy a pizza base mix,
then let the children  spoon the tomato base on and let them loose with toppings
its healthier as you can see whats in and on it  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2010 08:28:21 AM »

It really depends - if it's one on one then you can do almost anything together because you can supervise so closely.  If not then it's a bit different.  Some things I've seen work well:

scrambled eggs - kids do the eggs and mixing, teacher (with a hot plate) cooks the eggs
smoothies - yogurt and fruit (frozen or not)
If you bake something - let them watch it in the oven (there is nothing like a field trip to the kitchen!)
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someone had a blog about going through the alphabet with vegetables - that could be fun and engaging (more for the 4 yos) even if they couldn't help with all the steps they could plan, come up with ideas for each letter, etc.

I would also recommend a handheld egg beater, bowls that grip on the bottom and whatever else makes for easy cooking.  Don't forget to talk about amounts, measurements, weights, how ingredients interact (adding sugar and butter and then creaming, mixing eggs vs. mixing egg whites).  Especially for the older threes and fours this is a major science activity.  It's also a literacy activity if you let kids "write" up the recipes and draw pictures of what they made (before and after). 

I kind of feel like 2 yos might be a bit young for this, unless they are at least 2 1/2.  It's really, really hard to get a whole group of 2 yos interested in the same activity - but if you just had 2-3 kids participating it could work out well.

IMHO - I think kids also really need a lot of time pretending to cook - it's much more interesting for them!

Good luck, get messy, and have fun!
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2010 08:16:53 PM »

I don't have kids but I remember something cool and awesome my grandmother did to get me and my sister to eat veggies when we were little bittys.
She would take fresh broccoli florets and carrot sticks (obviously she would wash and cut these before hand)
she would spread a piece of pumpernickel with cream cheese and we would arrange the broccoli "trees" and carrot "skyscrapers"  and then put the raisin "people" on and have GODZILLA SANDWICHES..
We were allowed to roar and scream as we were eating our "cities"

ok..I know..kinda lame and has been done before...BUT it worked!!!
and for the little ones (2-3 yr olds) it would be easy

and i confess..I still love a godzilla sandwich now and then
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2010 10:57:40 AM »

crushed riveta, and nutella (chocolate spread) mix them together and put in small cake cases
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