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Moms love making holiday memories and there's no
better activity for this than baking with your kids. Reason enough
to risk getting flour onto your kitchen floor.
Yet baking also can be about literacy and life skills. And
nothing beats the smell of freshly baked goods emanating from your
kitchen, especially during this magical time of year. Revel in this
sweet-smelling activity and invite the aunties and cousins over for
even more fun.
If you're worried about your children's literacy and math
skills, break out the mixing bowls. Baking helps reinforce what
they're learning every day. It also covers a wide array of life
skills, including shopping for ingredients, sequence of steps,
measuring and even cleaning up.
Here are a few ways baking together can help:
Davis says making food healthier is one of the principal
reasons people bake at home. Take sodium, for example. She suggests
using unsalted butter and halving the salt in most recipes with the
exception of yeast breads.
Other easy swaps:
more than 130 how-to's for getting started baking, ingredients,
methods and pans.
Christine M. Palumbo, RD, is a nutritionist living in Naperville.
See more of Christine's stories here.
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