As the start of the week, Monday holds a unique opportunity. It’s the perfect time to take a look at the past 7 days, meditate on the behaviors we’d like to improve upon and reset our routine. That’s the notion behind Meatless Monday: start each week with healthy intentions and you’re more likely to stick with them. Starting this week though, our newest initiative is bringing more to Monday than meatless.
The Kids Cook Monday is a new campaign that encourages families to cook and eat together each week. Studies have shown that children who participate in regular family dinners experience a wide array of positive benefits including better grades, a more nutritious diet, stronger communication skills and a decreased likelihood of trying drugs and alcohol. When children are encouraged to lend a hand in the kitchen they also develop culinary skills and diverse, healthy pallets that will follow them well into adulthood.
It’s never been easier to start a family dinner tradition in your household! The Kids Cook Monday toolkit is full of fun games, nutritious snack ideas and the tips you need to get your kids engaged both in the kitchen and at the table. You can also visit TheKidsCookMonday.org for a wide array of healthy eating resources, including age-appropriate recipes that you and your child can prepare together.
So keep family dinners alive by cooking and eating with your kids this Monday! Not only will you spend more quality time with your children, you’ll be helping them build healthy habits that will last a lifetime.