Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Nestlé Healthy Active Kids Encouraging Little Chefs and WIN!...


*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Nestlé.

Do you have little kitchen helpers in your home?

My kids are very familiar with our kitchen. When they're not in there browsing the pantry or fridge for snacks, they're hanging about while I cook, squawking at me with ceaseless requests for spoon-licking and dish-licking cleaning opportunities. While there are loads of distractions to myself, I have to say I enjoy their company!

It's great to have the kids hanging about when there's something fun being baked or prepared in the kitchen. Despite the noise and mess of young helpers, it's a fantastic educational experience, don't you think, to rope in the kids when you're preparing a meal or a treat - no matter how insignificant.

Memories are made during these precious everyday moments, for everyone.

Often the kids are a great resource for meal and treat ideas too and I like to draw my own inspiration for our eats from them on occasion.

Just the other day, I put it to three of my boys, what they would like to learn to cook in our kitchen. The results are in:

Eleven year old Joaquin was keen on making donuts.
Seven year old Taite, (always an enthusiastic kiddo in the kitchen), was eager to master cakes and cookies.
Nine year old Ruben came up with lasagne. Brilliant!

Now lasagne is something I've not baked in ages and thinking about that, what a great dish to get kids cooking in the kitchen! There's so much fun to be had and many skills to master with a simple dish such as this: The browning of the meat, layering of the colourful vegetables, grating of cheese and the preparation and stirring of the all-important white sauce - all good kid exercises that will excite and inspire.

We've got to give this one a try and soon! (In the meantime, here's a spinach and ricotta cannelloni recipe that's a fun kid-make meal if you're on the look-out for a similar option to try together.)


Despite the reluctance of many of us in our time-poor lives to get the kids involved in this space, teaching kids how to cook in your kitchen doesn't have to be an elaborate or exhausting affair. (Because we all know that sometimes, it most certainly can be!)


It can bring just as much enjoyment to your child to learn to prepare a simple meal for themselves from scratch while teaching them a valuable life skill.

For toddlers and young kids of all ages, just learning to select and prepare their own basic fruit, vegetables and sandwich fillings from the fridge or cupboard can be a great way to familiarise them with healthy choices, food groups, new tastes and textures as well as concepts such as portion sizes. (Plus a million other lessons we grown-ups can barely fathom; like how to hold cutlery, handle crockery, wash hands and so on.)

Not forgetting to mention, that learning to cook is just a plain-fun activity for any child who aspires to the world of being grown-up, bringing a sense of pride and independence to your child and it's a brilliant tantrum-diverting exercise for the very young!

If you're not a fan of kids in your kitchen (or you're yet to try it), give it a decent shot!


It may come as a shock but can you believe that almost half of Australian kids are not learning to cook?

A report from a study involving more than 800 parents conducted by Nestlé Healthy Active Kidsrevealed that 27% of Aussie kids never help out with the cooking at home. Forty-four per cent of parents stated they felt too time-poor to let their kids help them in the kitchen and a huge 43% of parents reported that their kids know less about cooking than they themselves did at the same age.



 
In 2001, Nestlé Australia partnered with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) to develop the Nestlé Healthy Active Kids resource specifically to provide parents and teachers of primary-aged children with an informative and educational website to find important information on building a healthy and active life. The website covers key areas such as physical fitness, nutrition and wellness for kids.

Teachers, parents and children can find so much about every aspect of healthy eating - from the growing of vegetables to fun recipe inspiration. Do be sure to check it out.
 

What's on your plate?
Healthy choices for life begin with early experiences with foods and quality time spent together in your kitchen.

As part of this brilliant initiative, Nestlé Healthy Active Kids have produced these gorgeous and educational portion plates and children's aprons, as well as a range of lunchbox stickers to encourage parents and children alike, to get busy together in the kitchen. With every meal, kids can learn the importance of the food groups while finding the motivation to cook alongside mum and dad in their themed aprons designed specifically for young bodies!


 
To help spread the word about Nestlé Healthy Active Kids and increase awareness of this important life skill - learning to cook - Nestlé Healthy Active Kids have two packs of goodies to giveaway to two readers of Six Little Hearts, consisting of three Nestlé Healthy Active Kids aprons, three kids' portion plates and two adult portion plates valued at $60 each. All you've got to do to win is enter below.
 
 
For more details on the Nestlé Healthy Active Kids initiative, visit their comprehensive website.
#NestleHealthyActiveKids
 
 
 
 What do you like to bake with your kids?
Do you like to cook with your kids?
Do you have a great recipe idea to make with kids in the kitchen?
 
***GIVEAWAY***
Win one of two Nestlé Healthy Active Kids packs valued at $60 each.
Total prize pool $120.
 
 
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60 comments:

  1. (Kylie Sneddon) My son just loves to cook just about anything and more so loves to eat what we make while helping, he loves to bake cookies,cakes etc and loves to help cook dinner as well. We bought him a little kitchen set up and when I'm cooking dinner he pretends to cook dinner with me in his own little kitchen and he comes up with some rather interesting dishes

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  2. i love cooking cupcakes with the kids! i set up a station and let them go for it. they love to decorate them :)

    CARLY B

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  3. Cheryl Moulton

    We like to bake cookies whenever we have a chance, but they love to help with dinner, their favourite to help to help out with is spaghetti bolognese, as we make our own sauce, and include extra chopped up veg.

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  4. I've always cooked with my son, he's now old enough to cook for himself, but I have a little daughter that I look forward to baking with.

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  5. Using sweets :( As they want to lick the bowl. Diana Paterson

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  6. My little kitchen helper like to bake (sweets of course)! So we make cookies and cupcakes all the time and of course they MUST be decorated! (LuciaSaal)

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  7. The plates are a great idea to help kids understand portion control. How clever.

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  8. I'd love this for my autistic son as a visual reinforcement of what I'm trying to teach him about nutrition. Facebook liker as Ginger Arnold

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  9. My grandkids help me prepare their favourite spaghetti meal, they choose and grate their choice of veg, eat the lot, we also bake savory muffins, great for school lunches.
    Antonia O'Dwyer

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  10. Sarah Ellwood -
    We make lunch box treats together. Depending on the difficulty, sometimes I do more or less but I always get the instructions read aloud. We love to make sausage rolls and mini quiches, and get the kids to pick and prepare ingredients like mixing the mince or rolling out pastry. It's a really lovely way to bond and the kids are proud to show off their cooking skills at school.

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  11. james sharpe i cook lots of zuchini and carrot bolognese as its healthy, quick and easy and the kids love to help

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  12. We won one of these a few months back and they are amazing. The kids absolutely love them and love seeing which types of foods go into which compartment. A very clever idea!

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  13. Sarah McPherson

    All my four kids love cooking with me, the favorites are cupcakes, cakes, dinner, icypoles, smoothies, tacos
    They all get involved from the 2 year old to the 10 year old

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  14. I like cooking easy peasy pasta and healthy savoury muffins with my daughter. They are her favourite-favourite food.

    (EI)

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  15. Yes I always cook with my child in the kitchen because she always wants to watch.

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  16. We definitely don't cook enough together.
    This program from Nestle could be beneficial to me, piecing together the puzzle I call healthy eating!

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  17. Fantastic giveaway. I've always included my three girls in the cooking process. We often have mini master chef challenges during the school holidays.

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  18. My kids love helping out in the kitchen when I cook. I bought them a learning tower so they can stand safely at bench height. It encourages them to taste new foods and also learn to weigh ingredients.

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  19. They stir and bake and peel and chop. My kids are taught daily how to cook and at just 5 my son can make his own pizza, sandwiches, toast, salad and is awesome at eating cake mix!!

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  20. my daughter loves getting into the kitchen and make pinwheels or muffins, especially home made pizzas with the rest of her siblings

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  21. I've made "The Harris Family Cookbook" which contains all our favourite recipes....
    the girls and I share 50/50 in the kitchen - I cook and they eat lololol

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  22. I cook with my daughter ever so often that she loves it and looks at recipes to experiment!

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  23. jody buhagiar

    We love making pancakes on the weekend. The kids always help in the kitchen , its so much fun. They seem to run away when its time to clean up though :(

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  24. I love making cupcakes with my kids!!

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  25. What a brilliant idea! So fun and educational for my child! A great prize!

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  26. My son loves to join me in the kitchen,
    He thinks making food is lots of fun,
    Cupcakes are his favourite thing,
    He waits eagerly as they are baking!
    I enjoy watching him cut up his fruit,
    Must admit, it's rather cute!

    Christial Shea

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  27. I find it really sad that kids aren't learning how to cook, this is a great way to bring some inspiration for kids to the kitchen. Thanks for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays, have a great weekend.

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  28. Kirsty @ My Home Truths I would love to win this prize as it would help show my kids visually how much food they need on their plate. My son in particular needs visual cues to help him understand the world around him - who knows, this might even encourage him to eat more healthy. And, I must confess that my husband and I need help with portion control too so having the adult plates would also really help us in our bid to eat more healthy and lose weight too.

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    1. Sounds like your whole family will benefit from these plates. (I know we are - I was surprised by how small adult portions should be when placed on this plate!) Congratulations winner one!

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  29. I'd love to win this prize so I could teach my little one about portions with different foods as it would incourage her to try more new foods.

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  30. Thsi would be great for little man we could bakes cakes and create some kitchen fun.

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  31. My children and i always cook cakes and cookies together, they like to help me set the table at dinner time, (kirbie michele)

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  32. My kids love to help me in the kitchen! They love doing "Make Your Own Sandwich" for lunch where they get a platter full of yummy ingredients and they make their sandwiches however they like!
    - Melissa Sherriff

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  33. I have a very independent 4 yr old who wants to butter her own toast and sandwiches! We haven't done much cooking yet but I'm sure we will over these holidays!
    Wendy Sutcliffe

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  34. love cooking with my kids its all about fresh fruits and vegetables and trying new foods.

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  35. We always have carrot sticks and dip together,
    A perfect snack in any weather!
    But we also bake savoury muffins,
    Not sweet sins!

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  36. Lyndall Crisp
    We cook a lot of things together, sweet sour and everything in between. We talk about the ingredients in each item so that they learn what we can eat more of and what we need to less of.

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  37. We love baking and I'm reaping the rewards now that my older 2 are able to cook and bake with minimal supervision.

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  38. I have always involved my sons in cooking, making healthier versions of pizzas, fruity pancakes for breakfast, vegetable curries, making marinades etc. They are capable cooks now and are able to prepare themselves nutritious meals when they need to.

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  39. We love to cook banana bread, my daughter especially likes mashing the banana and cracking the eggs.

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  40. We love to make salads, sometimes the avocado doesn't make it to the bowl because we both love it. My daughter would love this prize as she loves all food and loves to cook

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  42. My kids favorite thing to help me with is birthday cakes, there are six of us and a family tradition is making and decorating cakes for the birthday person (Kristy winters)

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  43. My daughter loves to bake cookies, cakes or muffins for her friends. She also helps out with dinner, washing the veggies, peeling the carrots and potatoes. She has always loved being in the kitchen from when she was tiny.

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  44. We make 'warm' salads... and we bake cakes. Decorating them is the best part. Master 5 loves being in the kitchen. He likes preparing and cooking vegies!
    (Faye Hannam)

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  45. this would be very handy with 3 grand children

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  46. Kerryanne Bourke
    We love to bake cakes and other school treats from scratch, it shows the kids what they are eating (minus a couple of additives mummy sneaks in like vegetables) and teaches them how to cut costs, and that not everything needs to come from a packet!

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  47. Well now we're going to try Nestle's Santa hat brownies--so cute.
    Jean B

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  48. Our son helps with mixing and chopping of some foods. When we boil eggs, he chops them in the slicer and he stirs everything during meals. Ebony Carr

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  49. My kids are whizzes at making smoothies
    they love using our home grown berries!
    they'll only have smoothie blended veges...
    and for now that's totally ok with me :)
    Belinda Bee

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  50. To be honest I try to avoid it due to the mess. I'm starting to come around to the idea that it's about making memories and not necessarily about what food you are making (or how it turns out). This kit would be great for my "messiness OCD" and would help my eldest daughter with her portions at dinner time (ie, less chips more veges!). Melinda Bolitho

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    1. Melinda - you need this prize! Yes, a lot of cooking is about the memories so I hope you and yours enjoy baking up some great meals with the addition of this fun prize.
      Thank you to everyone for entering - more is coming shortly! x

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    2. Thankyou so much - we are very excited to win and looking forward to new food beginnings :)

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  51. I do a lot of baking with my stepdaughter, she enjoys the colours made with food colouring!

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  52. Jenny Newstead. I love cooking with my boys! Our favourite is banana bread. We always use up our over ripe bananas and pop the skins in the compost too!

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    1. They stir and bake and peel and chop. My kids are taught daily how to cook and at just 5 my son can make his own pizza, sandwiches, toast, salad and is awesome at eating cake mix!!
      Charlotte
      http://thekitchen.site/

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  53. I love to cook with my nephews when they sleep over. Picking fresh organic produce from the garden to helping prepare meals. Their favourite is pizza made with fresh tomato sauce. Cleo Sids

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  54. We bake cookies and biscuits together.Also,my son helps me with preparing main meals too.I teach him about veggies.He loves to watch when Im making juices.

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