Kids and Vegetables: An Unlikely Partnership
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There's a reason there are so many tips and suggestions, message boards and books to help parents encourage their kids to eat vegetables. It's a challenge. But the good news is, it's not impossible.
UW Health Pediatric Fitness Nutritionist Marcine Braun, MS, RD, shares why getting kids involved in gardening, and going to places like the Farmer's Market or simple the grocery store, really can make a difference. And, she offers what could be the most important piece of advice for all of us - Have patience.
Kids and Gardens
Some Simple Tips - A Recap
Getting kids involved with their food can make them more interesting in actually trying new foods. A few simple tips include:
- Go to a farmer's market or even a grocery store that allows sampling. It helps get "buy-in" before you bring something home.
- Have the kids do the washing, cutting and arranging of veggies (as appropriate for their ages)
- Start growing. It doesn't have to be a big garden. Just a pot on a windowsill with easy-to-grow herbs can be a great introduction.