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Family Day in the Kitchen

February 3, 2015 by Sophia Baker-French, Registered Dietitian

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I can still remember the excitement I felt as a child when my Grand-mère (Grandmother) would let me help her make pain perdue (“lost bread”), which is a family version of French toast. I would eat it with my fingers, which she always scolded me for. It’s a favorite recipe of mine to this day!

You can make a Family Day tradition by inviting kids, grandparents, and other relatives over to share recipes, learn food traditions, cook and eat together. Here are a few ideas:

  • Plan the meal together or invite an elder to choose some special family recipes. You can even do the shopping together and check out a winter farmer’s market.
  • Cook a family or traditional meal and discuss the history of the dishes.
  • Eat together and discuss what family meals were like when parents and grandparents were children. Learn more about why meals are Better Together.

The whole family benefits from cooking and eating together.
Children benefit because:

  • Kids are more likely to try the food they helped choose and make. 
  • Food knowledge and skills can support a lifetime of healthy eating. 
  • Eating as a family means better nutrition, good mental health, and better school performance. To learn more, check out Andrea’s blog Finding Time to Eat Together.

Older adults benefit because:

  • Cooking together is a chance to share wisdom and skills and to feel connected to family. 
  • Eating together can improve the quality and quantity of the food they eat.

Read more on Making Family Meals Enjoyable, Helping Your Child Learn Healthy Eating Habits and Taste Training: Raising Healthy Eaters.


Related blogs
Finding Time to Eat Together

Recommended resources
Better Together
Health Canada: Cooking With Kids

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