The children were all told that in order to be a part of the healthy cooking class for Growing Healthy Kids they had to go to wash their hands. After a necessary lesson to the kids about turning off water and not wasting our precious resources, we headed back to our makeshift “kids’ kitchen”.
The little boy quietly sat on his mother’s lap and watched as his sisters helped squeeze limes and cut cilantro. Each child had a job to do, which, in my humble opinion, makes everything taste better. The kids took turns mixing and stirring. I asked for three kids to be taste testers and, yep, you guessed it, all the hands went up. Three Girl Scouts had a sample taste. We came to a consensus about the taste and whether we wanted to add any ingredients (we decided on a little more lime juice and pepper). Then the kids all lined up with their plates and forks.
Music to my ears! When kids are engaged in preparing food and there is excitement about how to create something delicious, they become more than miniature chefs. They learn to eat foods that make them feel good and give them good energy. Just like that little 4 year old boy.