Parents and families today are tasked with numerous responsibilities: working and/or caring for children full-time, afterschool activities, homework help, birthday parties and taking children to and from weekend activities. These leave little room for daily activities, such as family dinners. However, families who find the time to shop, cook and eat together may experience a […]
Want to improve your family’s diet? Family meals are a fun way to do this! A bonus is that you get to spend some much-needed quality time with your family. Research shows us that children in families that eat meals together without distractions, such as the television or smart phones, are less likely to be […]
When kids get into the kitchen to cook and eat regular meals with their families, they reap many benefits, including a stronger sense of confidence and a greater willingness to try new foods.
Want to learn more about the benefits of Kids Cook Monday? Our Partnerships Coordinator, Nara Sandberg, wrote about the evidence showing cooking and eating together as a family has a positive effect on kids’ health, wellness, and performance in school and about our recent Kids Cook Monday event at P.S. 32 in Brooklyn for the Epoch […]
Jessica Levinson is a registered dietitian and the mom of twin girls. She’s a big advocate for getting into the kitchen and cooking with kids, plus she uses Mondays to help keep her family’s nutritious diet on track! We chatted with her to uncover some of her best tips for cooking with young kids and […]
Sally Kuzemchak is a registered dietitian nutritionist and mom of two boys. She blogs at the popular Real Mom Nutrition and is the author of the cookbook Dinnertime Survival Guide. She recently decided to take up The Kids Cook Monday with her family so we took the opportunity to ask this nutrition pro a few questions about […]
With the start of the 2016-2017 school year, The Kids Cook Monday has embarked on a partnership with The National PTA. On the success of Kids Cook Monday “Family Cooking Night” events hosted by local school PTA wellness committees and the state-wide adoption of the Kids Cook Monday initiative by the West Virginia PTA, the […]
We’re taking our mission to promote healthy family food to the source…the supermarket, that is! Join us and our friends at Produce for Kids for a Twitter chat on healthy family food shopping this Monday. How can you encourage kids to pick healthy items at the store? What do you do if they beg for […]
Author, TV star and all-around weeknight meal whiz Sara Moulton‘s newest book is Home Cooking 101 (Oxmoor House). Since we’re all about home cooking here at The Kids Cook Monday, she recently spoke with us about the importance of cooking together and family meals. Your new book looks extremely useful to the home cook! I love […]
Guest post by Michelle Stern. It’s hard to fathom asking a teacher to integrate even one more activity into their already overflowing curriculum. But what if it was something that could accomplish multiple learning objectives at the same time? On the surface, cooking is something that seems to be more suited to a home kitchen […]
Across the U.S., the National PTA does the important work of uniting parents, students, teachers and administrators to encourage parent engagement and set kids up for a lifetime of success. The Kids Cook Monday is proud to partner with the PTA at the national as well as local level to help schools become the place where the healthy habit […]
We’re excited to share our latest Kids Cook Monday resource, free printable calendars! We hope it will help you keep up the healthy habit of cooking and eating with your family every week. Download out the April calendar below and check back in next month for the May edition!
March is National Nutrition Month! To celebrate, we’re doubling down on our focus on the importance of regular family meals. But we know it can be tough to get the whole family around the dinner table for a healthy meal, so we asked some of our favorite nutrition experts what their top tips are for making […]
March is National Nutrition Month and to celebrate, we’re partnering with the Recipe for Success Foundation‘s VegOut Challenge and Melissa’s Produce to share tips and tricks for cooking new fruits and veggies! Join us as we chat about all things nutritious, including how to inspire your family to eat more produce and recipes to help you […]
February is American Heart Month and there’s no better time to get your kids on the path to heart-healthy eating. But it’s important to talk to kids about heart disease the right way. Maybe a relative has heart disease. Talk about how it’s hard for that person to be sick, so it’s important for your family […]
We’re so pleased to be featured in an article in Today’s Dietitian, the leading publication for registered dietitians (RDs). In her article, “Making Mondays Family Night,” author Kathy Hardy explores how RDs can benefit from using The Kids Cook Monday and our free resources. Our friend Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, who previously shared how Monday is […]
The holiday season is here! The winter months are filled with opportunities for the family to gather around the table. With a little planning, they are also ideal opportunities for families to gather in the kitchen. Holiday baking may conjure up images of children being shooed away from cooling racks filled with fresh cookies or […]
Shopping for some ambitious little chefs this year? Gifts for children to use in the kitchen make preparing food more personal. It’s one thing for a child to hold any old spoon from the drawer, but holding their spoon creates a sense of ownership. Studies have shown that when kids are invested in the process […]
Thanksgiving: the national holiday that specifically celebrates mealtime! While we think cooking together is something to celebrate every week, Thanksgiving can be a particularly nice occasion to start the habit of cooking together, or to help little ones master a new skill. Cooking together means making more time to bond, which is a big part […]
While candy might have kids’ attention, there are three whole meals (and plenty of snacks) to eat up before trick-or-treating begins. Cook up some delicious meals that celebrate all things Halloween! Here are a few ideas for getting into the Halloween spirit with healthy, nutritious food.