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Try These 2 Resources And You'll Cook More Healthily For Your Family

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The Best Resources To help You make healthier family meals

This is Part 2 of a series, "How To Feed Our Children More Nutritiously" from an interview with Dr. Maya Adam who is a specialist in child health from Stanford's School Of Medicine.  Dr. Maya Adam is a mother of three children ages 12, 9, and 7.

You can listen to the interview on The Parenting Journal Podcast on iTunes Hereor Download Directly Here.

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What are the best resources parents can use to teach themselves about cooking healthily for their family?  We asked Dr. Maya Adam what she recommends to parents to use to teach themselves on how to cook more nutritiously for our children. 

1.  Start playing in the kitchen

Maya says: "The best way to really make change in your diet is to get in the kitchen and start playing.  Get out some onions and some garlic and a few vegetables that you like and a few different sauces from soy sauce, some Serratia, whatever it is that you like and start to play around a bit.
You will see that the people in your household will come into kitchen to see what you’re doing. Your kids will want to sauté the onions with you.  Your kids will want to see what’s going on. Even the little ones who are too small to help, they will smell the smell of food being cooked in the kitchen, which is a very comforting thing for young child. Especially if there is a routine to it that at a certain time of the evening there is a smell of dinner being cooked- that’s really comforting to children. It signals to them that everything is okay. That food is on the way. Hands on experimentation is the best way to actually learn about healthy cooking."
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2. Online Courses

Maya says: "There are awesome good online courses, not just ours but also courses from other universities that are up on open learning platforms. That’s one good way to start learning."

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More About Dr. Maya Adam

Dr. Adam also has a non profit Just Cook Kids where she also shares great tips and recipes for making healthy cooking easy!

Dr. Maya Adam currently is in South Africa leading an effort to teach mothers about child health and nutrition using engaging videos delivered to mothers in their homes on tablets.  You can see more about her initiative called Digital Medic here.  

More About Allie and The Parenting Journal

Are you a busy parent? Allie is one too. This is why she created The Parenting Journal weekday newsletter.  The Parenting Journal takes the latest scientific research and experts' findings on childhood development and creates quick to read and actionable parenting advice delivered for free to your inbox.  The Parenting Journal is making it easier to be a better parent in today's busy busy world.

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