FACT: Teaching kids about where their food comes from and getting them involved will make it more likely that they will eat a wide variety of healthy foods in the long run.
REAL LIFE EXAMPLE: A few weeks ago, we gave Tyson a basket so he could “harvest” some of the vegetables from his Papa’s wonderful garden. He picked carrots, beets, cucumber and kale. He absolutely LOVED it. He then proceeded to eat everything from his basket right then and there – big bites of the cucumber and carrots (he tried the beets, but they were a little hard to bite). He was even eating big bites of raw kale. And this is a kid who usually only eats kale in smoothies and typically picks it out of most dishes I add it to. So yes, he may have eaten a little dirt too – all just part of the fun 🙂
Now, whenever we serve produce “from Papa’s garden”, he is way more likely to eat it.
So get your kids out there at the grocery store, market and in the garden and show them how FUN and wonderful real and fresh produce can be!