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Cook with your kids for meaningful holiday fun

A wonderful way to root your holiday traditions in the plenty of the Northwest and teach your kids uplifting life skills is to cook together using with local ingredients.

This is the gift-giving season, and it has been said that the greatest gifts you can give your kids are "roots and wings." A wonderful way to root your holiday traditions in the plenty of the Northwest and teach your kids uplifting life skills is to cook together using local ingredients. Note the two tips below to make your culinary adventure a success.

1. Remember to stick to developmentally appropriate kitchen skills.

Kids as young as 18 months can and should be in the kitchen, but they shouldn't be doing the same things you'd ask a three-year-old to do. There is lots written on what tasks kids of different ages have the motor skills and attention for.

Not convinced? Check out this Rootopia article that describes the benefits of getting kids in the kitchen and lists some of the tasks kids of different ages can do.

2. Celebrate – and use – quality local ingredients.

Cranberries, hazelnuts and pears are three products that are best when produced in the Oregon / Northwest region because of combination of (1) climate and soils, and (2) skill and innovation of farmers.

Use these local staples in your own favorite recipes, or try something new like this recipe for Cranberry, Pear & Hazelnut Chutney from Rootopia.

Northwest Honda Dealers support preparing kids to live a healthy future. When kids learn how to make delicious things to eat and drink out of natural ingredients, they don’t consume as much sugar and build a strong foundation of knowledge to inform a lifetime of healthy eating. That's why Northwest Honda Dealers proudly support Rootopia, where the art, science and fun of raising happy, healthy kids comes together.

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