Cooking with the Kids

Children are more likely to enjoy the foods they’ve helped to plan and prepare, and they’ll learn a lot by doing. Use these tips from Giant Eagle® to educate your children about healthy eating.
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Part of the learning experience can involve trying new foods.

Use the USDA’s MyPlate to plan meals with your children.

They’ll learn about food groups and portion sizes.

  • Talk about the food groups and ask your children to name foods that fit them.   
  • Ask them to use those foods to build some meals.  

They’ll begin to think of foods as nutrients for their body.

  • Fiber, vitamins, minerals, and healthy carbs can be found in fruits and veggies. The plate emphasizes larger amounts of veggies than of fruits.
  • Protein is in meat, fish and chicken as well as beans, nuts, sunflower seeds, eggs.
  • Fiber and healthy carbs are in grains, but half of these should be whole grains.
  • Dairy provides calcium as well as more protein. All fluid milk as well as soy beverages (that can replace dairy) have added vitamin D. Yogurt and cheese are great protein sources, make great snacks, and provide calcium!

In the Store

  • Part of the learning experience can involve trying new foods. Tour Giant Eagle to find “new-to-you” foods.
  • Take the time to "research" how to store and cook the food, or browse our recipes for ideas.

In the Kitchen

  • Teach your children how to wash and prepare foods.
  • Show them simple, safe cooking methods.
  • Let them make a salad (after selecting the ingredients) and turn it into a meal by adding tuna or cooked chicken. 

Brought to you by the Registered Dietitians at Giant Eagle and Market District®