When traveling with our children during summer vacations, we looked for food courts. We knew even picky kids could find at least one food to eat.
But if the “experification” trend continues, food courts will have even more appeal if they become culinary mini theme parks.
Outside the U.S. shopping center food courts have added workshops and centers for making pasta, fruit and vegetable creations and spectacular desserts. Sounds like a perfect way to break up a long car trip.
Summer grazing offers multiple opportunities to catch kids in the kitchen.
Teaching junior chefs how to cook from scratch is easier when that definition includes pre-made parts or meal helpers.
When invited, kids will often add their own creative touches to dinners or side dishes.
Summer is a great time to train children to read food and beverage labels while grocery shopping.
Thanks to clean labels, the process is easier today than just a few years ago.
The demand for more transparency and healthier food means our kids can actually pronounce most of the ingredients on packaging. Definitely a step in the right direction.
Have you snacked in the last 24 hours?
Research says, “Yes.” Actually more than 90% of us snack often during the day.
Moms complain about kids who “graze” through the summer, during frequent stops in the kitchen, but guess what? Children aren’t the only ones who snack.
Both the old food pyramid and USDA’s MyPlate have been replaced by consumers who don’t eat according to science.
That’s especially true during summer, when grazing kids roam non-stop through the kitchen.
Parents buying on-trend look for fresh (less processed) nutrient dense, simple options. But even with an Instagram-worthy bowl of organic whole fruit on the kitchen table, kids on the run still scour the cabinets for a candy bar.
At least we try…
Creativity in the kitchen includes unusual ice cream sandwiches this summer.
Waffles, pastel French macarons and even churros are being used as the “wrapping.” These are true hybrid creations though, with flavors like mango sorbetto, sea salt caramel swirl and grasshopper tucked inside.
And it’s assumed that all are Instagram-friendly.
If your child is already signed up for a summer reading program, he might be able to find more than good reading material at the local library.
Some public libraries have hopped on the healthy food bandwagon and offer a certain percentage of healthy options in their vending machines.
Local officials who approve “healthy vending policies” for libraries, parks and other county buildings put into law what many jurisdictions have already been doing.