Hey Kids! Get Cookin’!

Allowing your children to help out in the kitchen is a win-win situation for all involved: When you involve your child in meal preparation, he or she is more likely to develop an interest in eating and trying new foods. It increases a child’s confidence and self-esteem. It teaches them a useful, necessary skill. It offers quality family time together. It expands your child’s culinary horizons. Your child’s assistance can really ease your cookikid-cookingng burdens.

Even if your children are too young to truly help, it is never too early to begin teaching them kitchen skills by allowing them to assist you in the kitchen. Whenever possible, include your family in planning menus, shopping for and putting away the groceries, preparing meals, setting the table and cleaning up (including washing and putting away the dishes and silverware).

  • Start by designating an accessible part of the kitchen as the “Kids Kitchen Corner.” Put non-breakable plates and glasses there and make sure silverware is nearby. Designate a bowl for fruit, snack bars, and other items for kids to snack on.
  • Provide counter space and a notepad where kids can maintain their own grocery list as supplies dwindle.
  • Kids can have their own corner in the fridge too, where they can easily locate cheese sticks, drinks, yogurt and other refrigerated items without holding the door open for long periods.
  • Invite them to go to the grocery store to develop their own nutritious lunch and snack ideas. Read labels for calorie counts and preservatives, assess packaging and comparison shop for price value.
  • Encourage children to make their own lunches and snacks, get their own drinks and then clean up by stacking their dishes or putting them in the dishwasher.

Try to provide encouragement and instruct rather than criticize. Begin any advice with praise. “Gee you did a great job packing your lunch, but let’s put your banana and sandwich on top of your juice so they don’t get mashed.” Don’t expect kids to strive for perfection, but encourage them to reach for accomplishment. Be consistent and helpful, but don’t take over.

Click the links below for kid-friendly recipes! 

Munchster Pizza

Breakaway Banana Split 

La Crosse Takes a Stand for Fruits and Veggies with Innovative Marketing Campaign

La Crosse County FoodWIse, and the La Crosse County Health Department, in collaboration with other local and state partners announced a partnership with FNV, the brand for fruits and veggies. Together, FNV and local partners are on a mission to get La Crosse residents eating more fruits and veggies!

FNV – or fruits and veggies – is a campaign that has united every type of fruit and veggie under one awesome brand. With a dash of playful creativity and help from over 85 celebrities, FNV is harnessing the power of marketing to promote fruits and veggies in the same way big brands market their products.

The FNV campaign was recently featured at the La Crosse Loggers Mascot Olympics where our very own carrot and cucumber entered the competition. The cucumber brought home the silver medal and the carrot brought home the bronze medal!  

Key Points:

  • Of the $2 billion per year spent advertising food and beverages – less than 1% is spent on healthier foods.
  • FNV was created to say enough is enough, and finally give fruits and veggies a little skin in the game.
  • FNV is NOT an education campaign. FNV is a social marking campaign aimed at shifting attitudes and social norms about fruits and vegetables.
  • FNV is a campaign targeting millennials (ages 18-34).

Want to spread your love for fruits and veggies too? It’s easy, just start snapping photos of your favorite fruits and veggies, cool ways you prepare them, or tricks for getting them into your (or your kids’!) meals. Remember to tag @TeamFNV and use the hashtag #FNVinWI so we can see how much Wisconsin really loves fruits and veggies.