Children love to help, especially in the kitchen, and a child who helps you prepare a dish is much more likely to try it. Make an adventure out of trying new foods, and enjoy these ideas that will take your young chef from breakfast to bedtime.

Teddy Bear Pancake Faces: Pouring directly from the Vitamix container onto the griddle or pan, cook one large Buttermilk Pancake with two smaller ones on top to create ears. Your child can use fruit to make a face for the teddy bear. Try banana slices and berries for eyes, nose, and smile.

Edible Insects: Create a healthy and fun snack that looks like ‘Ants on a Log’. Cut celery stalks into quarters and fill with Almond Butter, then let your child march the “ants” across the log. Instead of raisins, you could try raspberries, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, or animal crackers.  Likewise, you can vary the filling according to your child’s taste, filling the celery logs with Hummus, for example.

Poppy Seed Dressing: Most kids shy away from salads and vegetables, but a sweet Poppy Seed Dressing can make them more enticing, whether topping greens or used as a dip. Like many other kitchen appliances, the Vitamix blender is for adult use, but your child will be happy to help you measure ingredients into the container.

Snickerdoodles Cookie Construction: After you prepare the cookie dough according to the Vitamix recipe, your child can help you turn it into Snickerdoodles. First, have your child roll the dough into balls, and then roll them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Next, flatten them for baking. This project is doable even for very young children, who take justifiable pride in seeing their creations emerge hot and delicious from the oven.