Wednesday, November 6, 2013



"The reluctance to put away childish things may be a requirement of genius."  
                                   --Rebecca Pepper Sinkler

Playing with kids in the kitchen is a great way to get kids interested in healthy eating.  Parents say to me all the time, “My child is a picky eater.”  My response is always, “Then let them play with their food!”  Everyone's favorite program is Growing Healthy Kids in the Kitchen, where kids get hands-on experiences in kitchen hygiene and safety, food selection and preparation, PLUS kitchen cleanup. 

Here are five great foods we have been playing with recently in our GHK kitchens (AND changing kids’ opinions about what tastes better than honeybuns and white pasta):
  1. Haas avocados
  2. Black beans
  3. Quinoa (a grain, pronounced “keen-wa”)
  4. Wild salmon
  5. Greek yogurt

Staying at a healthy weight is easy when you know what to do.  All of these foods can be considered “superfoods” for several reasons because they are:
  • Super healthy for your body and your brain
  • Super easy to prepare
  • Super fun to eat
  • Super filled with the good fats, the good carbs, and the good proteins

Kids at a recent GHK in the Kitchen class at Gifford Youth Activity Center, Vero Beach, Florida 

Can you say "fresh parsley"?

Kids intent on using the lemon squeezer while making the JamSam Salmon Burgers (see recipe below).

Speaking of good foods for great kids, here is the recipe for GHK’s JamSam Salmon Burgers.  Just ask any of the kids at Gifford Youth Activity Center how delicious and easy these are!

JamSam Salmon Burgers
4 servings

Prepare Dill Mayonnaise:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise*
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill 
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
For Burgers:
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped parsley
  • ½ Vidalia onion, finely diced
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2-4 Tablespoons Dill Mayonnaise
  • 2 (6-1/2 ounce) cans Alaska skinless and boneless pink salmon, drained well
  • Additional panko for coating the burgers (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons grapeseed oil
In medium bowl, combine, parsley, onions, eggs, panko, black pepper, salt, lemon zest and the Dill Mayonnaise together. Add drained salmon and mix well together. Make 4 patties, rolling them in additional panko, if desired, and set aside.

In a large skillet on medium, heat oil. Place burgers in skillet. Cook over medium heat until browned. Turn and brown other side.

Serve on potato buns with Dill Mayonnaise, fresh spinach or local greens, and sliced tomatoes.
*For demonstration purposes, Hellmann’s Olive Oil mayonnaise was used in the preparation of this recipe.

Parents, it’s easy to get your kids to eat healthy foods when they learn by playing.  Come play in the kitchen with us on November 16th in Vero Beach, Florida when Growing Healthy Kids partners with Chef Chris Bireley of Osceola Bistro for a special Growing Healthy Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Class for kids ages 5-12.  If you’d like to attend, just shoot me an email: 

For information about why a healthy weight is so important for your children, click here.
In gratitude,
Nancy Heinrich

Growing Healthy Kids