Want Your Kids to Eat Batter? Get Your Hands Dirty!


Of course we all want our kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. Dressing up the greens on fun plates and with lively dips is a smart idea, but here's another thought--go directly to the source.

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Here's how it works: Kids love dirt and the outdoors. If you interest them in gardening and growing food, they will be much more likely to eat what's on their plate. Case in point: Friends have a asparagus crop growing in their Connecticut yard. My daughter has never let a spear near her mouth, but after a weekend picking spears and playing farmer, she was devouring a plate of steamed asparagus sprinkled with lemon and Parmesan cheese.

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I've found a few accessories to make garden adventures more fun. First, for mom and dad there are really cool gardening accessories available at Hable Construction. I love the Clementine bead garden gloves. $25. I asked the team at Hable Construction for some tips on gardening with kids, and here's what they had to say: "Just to go with the idea that it'??s fun! Digging in the dirt, playing in the garden, sniffing flowers, collecting rocks '?? there should not be any rules '?? just respect plants and it is a tremendously rewarding experience to share with kids." My advice is to get the kids started early. A Kids Garden Tool Set(see pic top) is ideal to get little hands feeling invested in their meal. $24.99

Here's one last project for the family table: homemade apple sauce.I suggest a day out in an orchard picking apples. Then come home chop into chunks, cook in about an inch of water in a large pot. Cook until apples are soft in the middle. Let them cool slightly then squish through a food mill. An OXO Good Grips Food Mill is a nifty non-electric gadget for the kitchen. $49.99

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