It’s never too early to start showing your little ones how to cook!

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As a dietitian, I have always felt that it is imperative to be able to know how to cook, and to explain/show others how to made delicious meals…mostly because the skill of cooking is being lost and being replaced with eating from a box or a package.

Even when I moved in with husband, he would complain that we had “no food” in the house…only ingredients. His idea of food was anything in a box, can or jar. Is cooking really about opening a box and a jar and then nuking it? I don’t think so.

If health professional’s are going to make a dent in preventing chronic disease, we have to get people back home (out of restaurants) cooking in the kitchen, and enjoying meals at the dinner table (not in front of the T.V., iPad or cellphone).

Now I am not saying that we all have to go out and start making our own pasta, but essentially we should be trying to prioritize meal planning, and cooking around purchasing whole ingredients (as close to how they came from the farm as possible), and stop relying on food or “food like substance” that comes from boxes, jars, packages or cans.

Unfortunately, cooking skills are being lost or not even taught at home any more…and my biggest pet peeve is how the food network on T.V. has moved towards reality T.V. verses actually “how-to” cooking. I bring up the food network because I have to admit, that is how I learned to cook.  My father did most of the cooking when I grew up, but he learned from the Food Network too. It was always on after school, and that is where dinnertime inspiration came from.

So at the end of the day, my kids are going to know how to cook…they may not like to, but they darn well will know how too. Is 20 months too young to start teaching cooking in the kitchen? I don’t know, you tell me?

Hope you enjoy the pics of me teaching my little one how to make pasta.

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About alittlenutrition

Susan is passionate about teaching others how to achieve optimal health and wellness by taking the confusion out of nutrition and promoting fun ways to stay active. Susan has been a certified fitness instructor for over 8 years and enjoys teaching yoga, pilates, and fitball classes at Elite Fitness and Dance. However, her main interest in nutrition has led her in the direction of becoming a registered dietitian. Susan completed her undergrad in Human Nutritional Science at the University of Manitoba and has recently completed her dietetic internship with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Currently she is now combining her fitness skills with her nutrition knowledge and offering comprehensive nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Susan worked as a sales executive for a variety of paint manufactures for over 10 years. She created innovative sales initiatives and marketing programs for corporate and independent retails stores. Now with her knowledge of nutrition and her business experience, she helps restaurants and food service operations create healthier meals options for their customers. Susan is highly involved in community health promotion, as she has been appointed to sit on the Recreation and Wellness Commission of Niverville and the Chair person for the South Eastman RHA District Health Advisory Council Western division. She is the co-founder of former the Niverville Active Living and she has put on many community health promotion activities such as: * Lose It For Life - Weight loss / Lifestyle Transformation program * Family Fitness Month…Win A Will Contest * Niverville Fair ~ Smoothie Booth * Community Cholesterol Reduction Challenge * Cooking On A Budget * Couch Potato Race She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Manitoba, Dietitians of Canada, Manitoba Fitness Council and the Canadian Obesity Network. In her spare time, Susan enjoys cooking for her family, gardening, photography and being physically active outdoors with her husband and friends.
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One Response to It’s never too early to start showing your little ones how to cook!

  1. Holly says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! Looks like she’s having fun and doing a great job helping. I’m looking forward to bringing my little guy into the kitchen soon.

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