Q&A With Founder of Kidstir: Recipes For (Making) Little Chefs

The first steps to getting kids to love healthy foods for life lead to the kitchen. This Q&A with Aparna Pande reveals how her company, Kidstir, encourages kids to measure, mix and understand the value of nutritious meals.

If there is one ingredient often missing from the kitchen table, Aparna Pande thinks it might be adventure. Fortunately, she has a kit for that.

Pande is founder and CEO of Kidstir,

Tongue Twisters: Why Kids Have Trouble With Veggies

For many parents, veggies tend to turn mealtime into deal time. Kids do not want to eat them, so mom and dad seek creative ways to coax them into taking just one bite, wondering: Why is my kid so picky?

Turns out your kids aren’t picky, they just have very different palates. Here’s a look at that difference, and what it means for development.

VegyVentions: Turn Veggies Into Magical Munchies, Imaginatively

Give a child some Lego blocks and he might build a house. Give him sliced cucumbers, peppers and toothpicks, and he’ll assemble a car. The best part of a VegyVention creativity kit: Kids can turn their inventions into body fuel.

The imagination is an amazing gift. It can transform mushrooms into elf umbrellas and it can turn veggies into flying machines.

This is what we learned at a recent “VegyVention” exercise conducted with members of the Greater Cincinnati YMCA and a crowd of about 50 eager kids.