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We wash our hands and find a place-
one that is stable and one that is safe.
With a grown-up in charge, we can do . . . or just look…
We like to help, we like to cook.
We can help by washing foods. . .
like brown rice or white.
Running the grains under water,
we watch until the water runs clear.
We like to measure things . . .
whole-grain pasta for the pot.
We can try all shapes and sizes:
bowties, noodles or spirals.
We like to mix . . .
oatmeal with water or milk.
Sometimes we add in other favorite foods,
like raisins or nuts.
We know how to mash . . .
avocados with tomatoes.
When the lumps are all smooth, we have a dip for our celery, carrot sticks or tortilla chips.
We like to tear up. . .
lettuce or other leafy greens.
Lots of different colors make our salad like a rainbow¬-
purple cabbage, yellow corn and bright orange carrots.
We like to place things. . .
like slices of fruit, to make a face on our plate.
We can use apples, blueberries, bananas,
grapes and pears.
We like to toss . . .
fresh salad vegetables with healthy oils like sunflower or olive oil.
It's fun to use big spoons or tongs.
We like to shake up or blend . . .
With lowfat milk or yogurt we can help make a smoothie or milkshake.
We like to crumble . . .
low-fat cheese on many foods,
like baked potatoes, wholegrain crackers or noodles.
We like to rinse . . .
dried peas and beans, which are full of proteins.
We have so many choices -
black-eyed peas, pintos, garbanzo beans . . .
We like to watch . . .
while grown-ups cook,
grilling extra-lean meat, fish or skinless chicken.
Sometimes we can guess what is cooking just from the sounds and smells.
We like to work. . . help cook. . . and play.
We like being active every day.