One of the best ways to escape the chilly Fall weather is to spend the day inside making tasty food that incorporates fresh, seasonal ingredients. Seasonal produce is rich in flavor and nutrients that support young children in their health and development.
Children love to participate in cooking by measuring ingredients, mixing items together, and most of all…taste-testing! When children help prepare meals they enjoy a sensory experience of different tastes, smells, and textures while building a strong foundation for nutrition and healthy eating habits.
Supporting Healthy Development
According to Kids Health, a resource published by pediatric hospital Nemours Health, when children help to prepare meals, it can encourage them to try new foods: “Preschoolers love to show what they can do, and working in the kitchen provides opportunities to gain a sense of accomplishment. If they helped assemble the pizza, let them know that their help was important. Even if the results are not exactly what you expected, praise their efforts.”
When we use fresh, healthy ingredients while cooking with children, we can talk with them about how each fruit and vegetable has different vitamins and nutrients that help our bodies to grow big, strong, and healthy.
Seasonal November Produce
A variety of fruits and vegetables, from persimmons to cauliflower, are in season during the month of November.
Many of these fruits and vegetables can be enjoyed throughout the year, but they are especially fresh, tasty, and nutritious during their peak season. Here are a few that you might enjoy sharing with the children in your care during November: