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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 that 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 in the Garden
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.
- Dane County Farmer’s Market
- Wisconsin Farmer’s Markets (from the REAP Food Group)
- Gardening With Kids
- “Got Dirt?” (pdf) – A Garden Toolkit
Prize: 1 – $10 Dane County Farmer’s Market gift card. No substitutions.
Rules: Giveaway closes on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 11pm CST. Open to Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois residents only. One entry per email address is permitted. The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Monday, July 16th as an update to this post. Come back to Growing Up Healthy on Monday for the announcement of the winner and next week’s giveaway. Subscribe to the blog and you’ll get new posts delivered to your inbox as soon as they’re posted.