Teachstone is celebrating Week of the Young Child, hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We'll be posting articles, videos, activities, and more all week on Facebook and Twitter.
For Tasty Tuesday, we've gathered up a few nutritious recipes for every mealtime, including dessert. These recipes are easy to assemble and make, and your early learners can help out as well. What are your favorite healthy recipes?
The recipe is from Fresh Tastes, via PBS.org.
Baking with young children opens up many opportunities to talk about science and math concepts. Discuss measurements as each ingredient is added in. Ask why each ingredient might be important to the recipe. Invite children to share their observations about the batter, then compare and contrast with the finished product...if you don’t have a mouthful of warm muffin!
The recipe is from Budget Bytes.
Unlike a meat-filled version, this tofu salad does not require any cooking, which means that young chefs can help with nearly every step. This can be served on its own, with crackers, or in whole-wheat pita pockets that help keep small hands from losing the filling. Check out these helpful step-by-step pictures from the original recipe.
Buddha Bowl inspiration from RealMomNutrition.com; chickpea recipe is from Peas and Crayons.
Many children can be wary of mixed-up foods. Give them the agency to build their own nutritious meal in the form of a buddha bowl - a plant-based grain bowl that can use whatever veggies are available. Let children scoop their own base of brown rice, quinoa, or farro; have them add raw, pre-cooked, or leftover vegetables (carrots, edamame, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, beets, mushrooms…); give them the option to add a light dressing or not; and offer a protein choice such as chicken, nuts, beans, or these crispy roasted chickpeas.
Crispy Roasted Shawarma Chickpea Ingredients
The recipe is from Food Network.
This recipe is simple, using only three nutrient-dense ingredients: chia seeds, full of omega-3 fatty acids; fiber- and potassium-rich bananas; and chocolate almond milk, which contains plenty of calcium. Get this dessert started after breakfast or lunch, so that the chia seeds can work their thickening magic. Use the wait time to discuss what the nutrients found in these ingredients do for children’s growing bodies.
We’re closing out our celebration of NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child with Family Friday. We have revamped this post from spring 2020 a little to reflect the changes that have happened since last April, but as many families have learned this year, classic activities are classics for a reason. Please enjoy these ones with your young child, and remember - the love, support, and work you’re putting into them will change the world.