Eating Healthy with the Frigidaire Kids’ Cooking Academy

by Kelsey Norwood

in Food,Reviews

steel cut oatmealLots of people are rethinking their food choices, and Frigidaire has teamed up with Jennifer Garner to get families preparing and enjoying healthy foods together. They have created an online school called the Frigidaire Kids’ Cooking Academy that features tips, recipes, and how-to videos. When parents join, Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children to help more kids have access to healthy foods. Everyone who participates will also be entered to win a daily prize and the grand prize, a new Frigidare Double Oven Range…what a dream that would be!

What I personally consider to be “healthy” has changed quite a bit over the last year or so, and we are really trying to eat healthier according to my new and more natural definition, and I’m trying to get the kids more involved too.

Basically, we’re trying to eat as much natural and as little processed foods as possible, which means I avoid buying anything premade at the store whenever possible, including breakfast cereals which include lots of chemical sounding ingredients.

Instead of cold cereal, we eat steel cut oatmeal, which everyone in our family loves and is high in protein and fiber. We use the America’s Test Kitchen recipe, which goes something like this:

Steel Cut Oatmeal

3 c. water
1 c. milk
1 c. steel cut oats
1/4 t. salt

Boil water and milk over high heat, add steel cut oats, reduce heat to medium low and simmer 20 minutes. Add salt and simmer another 10 minutes.

I make 3 c. at a time and it lasts us a whole week. We like to eat it with craisins and/or banana slices, and it’s soooo good!

smoothie eating healthyWe also make lots of smoothies to get in our fruits and vegetables. Today we had yogurt, blueberries, strawberries, and banana, and if I have spinach, I throw in a handful.

Cooking with kids can be messy, but having my new Frigidaire Affinity washer and dryer help me keep on top of the messes while we’re in the kitchen since I can wash and dry a full load in 45 minutes. (The quick settings are also helpful for when Gus and Elliot’s stuffed friends need washing…last time Gus stood in front of the washer the entire time and cried while his Doggie was being washed. Thank goodness for the quick settings!)

frigidaire kids cooking academy eating healthy

In my experience, kids will learn to love healthy foods over time especially if they are involved in the preparation so don’t be afraid to start cutting out processed foods and introducing whole and natural ones.

Sign up today for the Frigidare Kids’ Cooking Academy for some help getting started!

{This post was sponsored in part by the Frigidaire  Test Drive Program.}

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1 Sharon February 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I love the idea of adding spinach to fruit smoothies! Clever.

I read a quote by the late health/exercise guru Jack LaLanne on heathly eating–“If man makes it, I don’t eat it.” He lived to the age of 96 so I wouldn’t argue with him!!

I signed up for the Frigidaire Kids’ Cooking Academy. Great site.

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