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How Do You Get Kids Excited About Eating Healthy?

Q: How do you make kids like vegetables?

A: You plant a garden and have the kids grow the vegetables themselves.

This was the answer someone gave me. This completely did not work.

I have planted a decent vegetable garden every season since we moved to Central Texas…that’s eight seasons for those of you counting. Which means that’s eight seasons I haven’t finished decorating this house. And that’s eight seasons I haven’t done a whole lot of things…one of those things is figuring out how to get my child excited about eating vegetables.

I must say this if you grow it, they will eat it concept is good in concept. But the whole idea that the kid would like vegetables because he raised them like pets? False. First of all, he’s pretty disinterested in the whole thing. He’d rather play baseball next to the garden rather than look at it. Secondly, I don’t know, it just didn’t work at all.

I know there are a million ways … probably waaaay easier ways to get this accomplished. I have a friend who has introduced her daughter to salads at restaurants and the whole fancy salad with lots of fruit involved experience worked swimmingly for her.

I have another friend who counts out vegetables and fruit for treats…in an epic exchange system that would impress Federal Reserve employees.

So, what works for you? Do you have any tips here?

Surely you’ve got something easier than planting 20 rows of corn, squash and broccoli…

Do tell.

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