Tuesday, April 6, 2010

6 Tips to Get Kids to Eat Fruits/Veggies from the Garden

Parents know it isn't always easy to get kids to eat their fruits and veggies.  Gardening is a great hands-on approach to teaching children where their fruits and veggies come from and gets them to try the fruits and veggies they grow. 

To get kids to eat the produce from garden, consider these tips

  • Use fresh produce to garnish kids' plates.  Turn their plates into fun faces or make boats or houses.  Sometimes it's not a bad thing to play with your food!

  • Make pizza art.  Top pizza with favorite vegetables from the garden.

  • Beat the heat by freezing berries from the garden.  Place fresh berries on a baking sheet and place in freezer.  Once they are frozen, the berries can be placed in a freezer bag for storage.  For snack time, kids can eat the frozen berries or make smoothies. 

  • Make fruit and vegetable kabobs.  Kids can have fun skewering the produce and making colorful patterns.  Kabobs are also fun to eat!

  • Allow kids to taste test in the garden as they harvest.

  • Think of new words for fruits and vegetables.  Eat broccoli "trees" or cauliflower "clouds."  Let kids come up with their own creative names.

No matter the technique you use, the important thing is that kids are trying new fruits and veggies!

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