>> Sunday, May 23, 2010
I found a great blog that focuses on clean living and offers recipes which include a "munchkin helpers" section. If you are like me, you may be unfamiliar with the term, "clean eating." I assumed it meant healthy eating, which I am totally into. Here is how the writer of the Gracious Pantry defines it:
"The consumption of simple foods in their natural states. The avoidance of processed, boxed or otherwise “tampered with” foods. Eating at regular intervals of every 2-3 hours in small portions equaling approximately 200-300 calories each. Consuming 5-6 meals per day with the intent of regulating blood sugar levels and improving insulin absorption."
I found reading her story of why she is into clean eating very interesting! I also really loved that in most of her recipes, she includes a section called “Munchkin Helpers!”
The reason she does this is, "because I truly believe that there are far to many children in this country that are not involved with the process of preparing food, and too many parents that don’t understand HOW to teach their kids the kitchen basics." I totally agree with this statement and I really think that kids learn so much from helping in the kitchen besides that it is just plain fun to cook together!
The Gracious pantry believes that we should involve children with cooking, because "it gives them a connection with, and an understanding of food that they cannot get any other way. Just learning the basics of good nutrition alone is reason enough to bring girls and boys into the kitchen from a very young age." She also sites connections, skills, health and confidence as well as the increased likelihood that your kids will eat the creations.
The Gracious Pantry offers recipes by ingredient as well as recipes for clean eating kids.
Looks delicious, right? Go ahead and have a look see at The Gracious Pantry. After all, what could be better than tasty and good for you?