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Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, UNL Extension in Lancaster County

If you're caught between finding time to prepare meals and spending quality time with your children, try cooking with them. Here are suggestions for cooking with kids from the  California Department of Public Health.

Children enjoy helping in the kitchen and often are more willing to eat foods they help prepare. Involve your child in planning and preparing some meals and snacks for the family.

When your child is helping you with food preparation, don't forget cleanliness. Wash hands using soap and warm running water before and after handling food or utensils to prepare food.

It is important that you give kitchen tasks appropriate for your child's age. Be patient as your child gains new skills at different ages.

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