Getting Picky Eaters to Try New Foods
When we grow our own food in the garden, the kids are experiencing every part of that plant. When we bring the food in for preparing, they are so interested in it already. Children are 80% more likely to try a food if they helped grow it and the percentage goes even higher if they help prepare it as well. Kids at Little Sprouts help shell peas, snap beans, wash their fruits and veggies, and everything else you can imagine. They get to help prepare a lot of their own food as well. Click here to see some great benefits of cooking with kids.
Offer a variety of foods again and again
My children eat Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, greens, carrots, and so much more. They don’t all eat all of it, but all of them eat some things and some of them eat it all. Broccoli is the number one favorite veggie here. All 8 kids tear it up when I serve it. Every child who attends my program has learned to like a much greater variety of food than they did when they came. Repetition makes a difference, growing food makes a difference, talking about food makes a difference, and preparing food makes a difference. My kids LOVE to cook and will always jump at the chance to help me make something.
If you have trouble getting your picky child to eat healthy food, click here to see how I do it.
Check out this awesome recipe for garden soup, it’s one of my kid’s favorites!
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 957 Total Fat: 46g Saturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 240mg Sodium: 387mg Carbohydrates: 39g Sugar: 13g Protein: 100g
Gardening is one great way to raise healthy kids who are adventurous eaters. We’d love to know if you garden with your family?
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