As parents we want to raise our kids to
eat healthy. It's even more important to instill healthy eating habits in our kids in this day and age where there is so much fast food and junk readily available
for them to get their hands on. While we can't shelter them from it all, we can
control what they eat at home.
But what happens if you have picky eaters who turn their nose up at the mere mention of vegetables? How can you get them to eat (and even like) vegetables without World War 3 breaking out in your home?
One of the ways to do this is by planting a garden and letting them be involved in the entire process. It's a fun way for them to learn how vegetables grow which will make them interested and curious about them and what they taste like.
Once you make the decision to plant a garden, if you can, designate a small section just for them. And then in this area, let them experiment. Let them choose what they want to grow and then help them develop their gardening skills. There are so many learning opportunities here - responsibility being the main one - and it's also a great way to grow closer as a family because you'll be spending a lot of time side by side tending to the garden.
Another way to encourage kids to learn to love veggies is in their designated garden area plant things like carrots, radishes, snap peas and cucumbers so that they can grab them once they're grown and snack on them right then and there. (A word of caution - for younger kids, you may need to supervise so that if there are other things growing like cherry tomatoes where the leaves are poisonous they don't accidentally eat something the shouldn't.)
The great thing about a garden is that you can experiment with different types of things to grow. And you can help your kids learn which items grow better in your climate and the environment you live in.
By allowing your kids to be a part of the gardening process it will help them be more interested in vegetables and healthy eating. Giving them the freedom to pick a snack right out of the garden
is a great way to get them to like their vegetables and want them more.
If you live in an area that doesn't allow you the freedom to have a garden, there are things you can do like windowsill gardens, etc. Do some research and figure out what suits your family's needs best and then get started. The sooner you can start teaching your kids about gardening and healthy eating, the greater chance they'll learn to love their veggies.
These 2 images are from Sharon Lovejoys books Hollyhock Days and Sunflower Houses