Food & Nutrition
Are You Into It?
This project area designed to help you do fun experiments, prepare flavor-filled recipes, and go on fact-finding missions. You’ll have fun learning about food ingredients, food characteristics, and food safety.
• Use My Plate (USDA) information to make healthy food choices
• Understand principles of nutrition related to health, physical fitness, and appearance
• Learn how to prepare and store foods safely
• Understand the scientific principles of nutrition
• Acquire and demonstrate skills in planning, purchasing, preparing and serving tasty and nutritious meals
Here's What You Can Do All Year!
Take Food and Nutrition Further!
• Create your own food preparation business
• Organize a food drive for your community
• Create a portfolio of your favorite recipes
• Keep a journal of foods eaten and calories consumed
• Plan menus for a week, make a grocery list and go grocery shopping
• Is it fair time? Consider taking an exhibit, a piece of your project learning to the fair for judging and to show what you have learned throughout the year. It might get selected to go to the Kansas State Fair
• Contact your county KSU Extension Office for other local workshops, activities, and events
• Attend Kansas 4-H Youth Conference and participate in workshops, motivational speakers and a community service project, bringing ideas back to your community
Kids a Cookin'
Want a great way to spend time with your kids? Tired of macaroni and cheese with hot dogs being the only secret recipe you have? Dust off your countertops, tie on your apron and introduce your “Small Fry” to the educational and fun world of cooking. Even if they have only mastered Kool-Aid®, you and your kids can expand your cooking skills with the help of these kitchen-tested and approved recipes.
Follow Host (and Mom) Karen Arnold, as she leads school-age children step-by-step in preparing nutritious, delicious, but most of all, fun recipes. Each week, pint-sized chefs will help prepare a different recipe that can easily be made in your own home. These recipes are not only simple to prepare and affordable, but are an excellent way to share the joys of cooking with your kids.
Preparing quality food together also can provide quality time with your kids. Remember, the recipe for cooking success is simple … Just you and your kids.
Kids a Cookin' is produced for K-State Research and Extension's Kansas SNAP-Ed by the Department of Communications and the Kansas Regents Educational Communications Center (ECC). Available in English and Spanish.
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