The Home Baking Association has designated February as Bake for Family Fun Month, a national celebration dedicated to encouraging families to spend quality time together in the kitchen. This month-long event is all about creating memories, learning new baking skills, and of course, indulging in some yummy treats. Here are the dates to mark on your calendar: THE ENTIRE MONTH OF FEBRUARY
Want to learn more about Bake for Family Fun Month and how to participate? Here are some resources to check out:
- Official Bake for Family Fun Month website
- Your local bakery or cooking store
- Social media using the hashtag #BakeForFamilyFun
Now, let’s get to the fun part – Here are 10 ways families can spend time baking together during Bake for Family Fun Month:
- Make and decorate sugar cookies
- Bake a family-favorite cake recipe
- Try a new baking recipe and make it a competition
- Create a dessert bar by making different sweets and allowing everyone to pick and choose
- Make a pie together from scratch
- Have a baking challenge where each family member must make a different treat
- Decorate cupcakes with different toppings
- Bake bread together, from mixing the dough to pulling out a warm loaf from the oven
- Host a baking exchange and share the treats with friends and family
- Have a movie and bake night, where the family watches a movie and bakes a treat together.
Baking at home can be a way for your and your family to take your health into your own hands. Here’s how!
Control over ingredients: When baking at home, you have the ability to choose and control the ingredients used, such as using whole grains, reducing sugar, and adding healthy fats.
Reduced processed food intake: Homemade baked goods are often less processed than store-bought options, reducing the amount of preservatives and artificial ingredients in your diet.
Increased nutrient intake: Baking allows you to add nutritious ingredients such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts to your baked goods, increasing the overall nutrient density of your diet.
Better portion control: Baking at home allows you to control the size and amount of treats you consume, reducing overeating and promoting a healthy weight.
Stress relief: Baking can be a therapeutic and calming activity, helping to reduce stress and promote mental health.
Opportunity for physical activity: Baking often requires physical activity such as measuring, mixing, and kneading, providing a low-impact form of exercise.
Remember to still enjoy baked goods in moderation, as even homemade options can be high in calories. Incorporate healthy ingredients and portion control to make your baked goods as nutritious as possible. So grab your aprons, preheat your ovens, and get ready for a month of family fun and delicious treats!