Linda Quinn: Are your kids picky eaters? I am registered dietitian Linda Quinn with New York Apples, and I have the answer to your picky eater problem, cooking with kids.
Research shows that when children are involved in cooking it increases their preferences for healthy foods, even though moms and dads buy plenty of fruits and vegetables, they often hide them in the refrigerator while kids munch on chips and soda.
Today we're going to change all of that. We're starting with a fruit kids naturally love, apples! So let's pull the apples out of the fridge and get started making some fun and delicious apple dips.
Here are two dips that kids can help to measure and stir, they can also wash the apples and use an apple slicer to slice the apples for dipping. And since they aren't using the stove, your kids can make these recipes on their own. For peanut allergy-friendly dip simply take 1 cup sun butter, 1 cup plain not-fat yogurt and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and mix together.
For a tropical apple dip, take 1 cup pineapple non-fat Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of coconut flakes and combine. After making the dips add to the center of an apple plate and serve.
When you get your kids involve they are more likely to try and eat healthy food. So buy a few bags of apples and get started.