SOURCE: U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council

U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council

July 25, 2012 15:34 ET

Get Creative in the Kitchen With Your Children This Summer

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 25, 2012) - Looking for ways to spark healthy eating habits in your children? Many parents find that when their children are invited into the kitchen to help prepare their meals and snacks, they take more interest in what they eat and are more willing to try new foods. 

"Make it fun and the kids will love to explore new flavors and food combinations," says Chef Pepín, renowned celebrity chef of Spanish-language TV. Pepín believes that getting kids involved in cooking at an early age helps lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating. He suggests that fruits and vegetables be a focus of your kids-in-the-kitchen program since the research has shown that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet may help maintain a healthy weight and reduce risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Blueberries are plentiful at this time of the year, so be sure to include them in your creative food activities. In addition to their colorful kid-appeal, blueberries are high in Vitamin C, dietary fiber and manganese, an essential mineral.

Here are some of Chef Pepín's favorite good-for-you blueberry recipe ideas that are sure to be a hit with even the pickiest little chefs!

  • Funny Face Tostadas - Crisp tortillas and a variety of fruits including blueberries give your kids all they need to create edible art on a tostada. This activity is a great way to encourage your kids to try new fruits.
  • Chicken and Blueberry Salad Tacos - Add blueberries to chicken salad for flavor and color, then roll it up in a lettuce cup or whole wheat flour tortilla. Kids can fill their own tacos, then just grab-and-go. 
  • Tropical Fruit Boats - Let your kids' imaginations set sail! When they build their own little banana boats on a sea of blueberries, they'll use their creative talent in the kitchen and enjoy a tasty fruit snack.
  • Batidos de Blueberry - With only three ingredients, your kids can whirl a delicious batido -- perfect for breakfast or a quick, healthy snack.

ABOUT CHEF PEPÍN

Chef Pepín is very proud of being a Hispanic American and an icon to Latin and Hispanic Americans. Following the example of First Lady Michelle Obama, he has taken on America's obesity epidemic as a personal quest. Having lost more than 30 pounds, Chef Pepín is living the lifestyle he preaches. He teaches Latin and Hispanic Americans to prepare the foods they grew up eating in more nutritious, but still delicious ways. Chef Pepín is the author of a best-selling Spanish-language cookbook, "Cooking with Chef Pepín."

ABOUT U.S. HIGHBUSH BLUEBERRY COUNCIL

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council is made up of blueberry growers and packers in North and South America who market their blueberries in the U.S. The Council works to promote the growth and well-being of the entire blueberry industry. We are committed to providing blueberries that are grown, harvested, packed and shipped in clean, safe environments. For more information, please visit www.blueberrycouncil.org/es

If you would like to arrange an interview with Chef Pepín to discuss more ways to encourage kids to eat a healthful diet, contact Julie Stas at jstas@crt-tanaka.com or 646-218-6007.

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