Toddlers cooking up a storm in Mid and East Antrim

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Young chefs in Mid and East Antrim have been learning about healthy eating as the local council launches its new ‘Cooking With Toddlers’ toolkit.

Devised in partnership with the Public Health Agency and Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, participating centres received a kid-friendly recipe book along with tips and advice on cooking with young children, guides to portion size and an equipment pack to get the group kitchen-ready.

The toolkit provides an interactive way of encouraging children to eat healthy, nutritious foods – particularly fruit and vegetables – in a fun and exploratory way.

Recipes including fruit rockets, sunshine omelettes and ladybird sandwiches fire the imagination at the same time as filling hungry stomachs, making meal times healthier and happier for children.

The scheme aims to encourage children to develop good eating habits and learn about the importance of a varied, balanced diet.

Deputy Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Cheryl Johnston, said: “This new resource has been developed to encourage local groups to take positive action to address issues such as food poverty and childhood obesity in a fun and interactive way.

“One in four children are obese or overweight and many of our children are not eating the dietary recommendations for fruit and vegetables, saturated fat or sugar. We hope that by encouraging children to get involved with cooking at a young age will help to improve their food preferences and to eat healthy, nutritious food.”

For more information and to download your guide go to www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/cookingwithtoddlers

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