April 9, 2010

The Gardener’s Trick to Getting Kids to Like Vegetables

Guest post by Geoffrey F. Moore
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Since it is close to spring you might be thinking about what to put in your garden. Last year my wife did an excellent job of planning out her vegetables with a sinister motive behind all of it. She loves to garden and wanted to get our two boys to be more interested in eating and enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables. The items she chose were all items that could easily be cut into a salad.

Every night she would tell our boys to go out and pick some fresh vegetables from the garden that she would then chop into a salad. The boys loved the idea of eating the veggies they had just plucked. Some of the items on the menu included carrots, lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers to name a few. In addition, she also planted some of their favorite fruits such as strawberries and raspberries. They loved going to the garden to get the veggies because it also provided an opportunity to get a snack of fruits that they loved.

The plan worked and since most of the items were mixed into the salad they were not forced to eat an entire plate of one type of vegetable. With the right ratio of veggie to lettuce to dressing on the plate we were able to find success and teach our kids to like vegetables as well as learn more about gardening.

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