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Avera Medical Minute: Kids Cooking Camp

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Kids at HyVee Cooking Camp Making a Ham & Cheese Eggbake. Kids at HyVee Cooking Camp Making a Ham & Cheese Eggbake.

Avera McKennan and HyVee have teamed up to host a kids cooking camp this summer that promises to be fun, educational and tasty. Minus the mosquitoes that usually accompany summer camp.  We went to the Sioux Falls Hy-Vee on Louise and 49th to see what a couple dozen kids were doing with a couple dozen eggs.

Avera McKennan Dietitian Megan Vilhauer is heading up HyVee's Kids Cooking Camp. Once a week kids ages 4 to 10 can come to the HyVee Club House at 49th and Louise (go through the door at the new HyVee Wine and Spirits) to learn what constitutes a nutritious meal and what tools to use to do it.

Megan says, "This is just a good opportunity for kids to get to do some things maybe at home only mom takes care of. Here we let them make the mess in our kitchen and they learn some new skills."

Breakfast is this week's theme so the miniature chefs were encouraged to dress the part and wear their PJ's. On the menu: ham and cheese egg bake and homemade buttermilk pancakes.  Grandma may even pick up a few pointers (adults are welcome to stay and watch).

Linda Heiliger is from Sheldon, Iowa. Her very shy grandson is 5 year old Adam Wood and is enrolled in camp. Linda says, "Learning to cook is a great experience for little kids. Plus, they need things to do to keep them busy, occupied. We are trying to teach him simple things to cook at home. Hopefully, he will try new things to eat too."

Megan says, "We want to really focus on new foods, especially fruits and vegetables. You know you get in to a habit if mom knows the kids will eat oranges, she gives them an orange. But maybe they've never had a kiwi or blueberries, so we try and get them to try new things."

Stirring stuff and making a mess is fun, but the best part has to be the tasting part. The finished product!

Megan says, "Thinking ahead to the future when they are in high school. Maybe now they'll know how to use a measuring cup or oven and instead of running to taco bell and getting something unhealthy they'll make something healthy. So we are fostering good habits early on.

Now this is a camp kids can really could really sink their teeth in to and stay out of your hair in the meantime. What a delicious idea.

The kids cooking camp is held Friday mornings at 10:00. It costs $5 dollars per session. They can come once or every week just register 24 hours prior.

To register call 605-361-0313 or stop by HyVee's customer service. You can also email mvilhauer@hy-vee.com


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