The grocery store shelves look nothing like the school menu for September.
Plant-based proteins are available throughout our local store. There’s obviously a strong consumer desire for more diverse sources of proteins. Added to a growing wave of concern for animal welfare and more creative approaches to preparing meat substitutes, saying “No” to meat has become easier.
Except at school cafeterias this fall.
If kids are starting to drag (get bored?) with summer, call them back to the kitchen. After all, it’s the safest place for them to get messy.
Plus, they can eat, which is a big attraction. And unless you have a pink smoothie maker, the space is gender neutral.
Invite kids to shop with you at the farmer’s market. Challenge them to design a printed menu based on what you’re cooking for supper. Invite them to prepare a healthy snack for the neighbor next door. Work alongside to prepare an entirely finger-friendly supper. (Summer foods make it easy.)
When food is the launching point, amazing things happen!
The simple memories of shucking corn and making s’mores for a backyard picnic have been transformed into labor intensive food prep.
Kids might not appreciate the extra effort that goes into grilled corn, home-made hummus, mango salsa and fruited beverages, but fancy, clean and fresh has replaced simple this summer.
But will children eat the shrimp and ribs that have replaced hot dogs and burgers?
Have you seen the “Kashi by Kids” line-up on the cereal shelf?
Three cereals were created and launched last summer with input from a group of kids. Now, they’re introducing a new snack.
That’s a granola bar with an encouraging back story for kidpreneurs!
Will green pickle flavored slush generate the same rave reviews this summer as happened in 2018?
Pickle flavored drinks, snacks and desserts continue to pop up, as tastes shift from sweet to savory.
I’m not convinced, though, that innovative translates into tasty.
Serving a cup of warm milk is the traditional way to encourage a child to fall asleep.
But watch for the appearance of sleep-friendly (and kid-friendly) desserts and treats. This new category of “functional food” will include treats that won’t disrupt sleep, don’t use artificial sleep aids, but are clearly designed to be “cozy, nighttime foods.”
We’ve raised an entire generation of junior chefs.
With all the online food channels, videos and posts for inspiration, it’s not surprising that kids view food as entertainment.
These kitchen kids are great at discovering new sources for ideas, too. Finding content in store ads, websites, flyers, blogs, company websites, recipe sites, TV or streaming food shows, it’s time for us to enjoy the fruit of their labor.