No joke: Getting my kids to eat is one of the hardest parts of being a parent for me. When they were tiny babies and exploring new tastes, they’d try everything! But now that they’re a little bit older, it’s hard to tell what they’ll eat and what they won’t.
We have tried all of the tricks in the book for getting them to eat veggies — mixing them into smoothies or pasta sauce, cutting them into cute shapes, letting them eat dip along with it, etc. None of these things work very well for my girls. Until we tried this…
Letting them pick it straight out of the garden.
Seriously, folks. Put kale on my kids’ dinner plates, and they won’t eat. Let them pick it from the garden? They’ll gobble it down and ask for more. I kid you not. This photo is of my daughter Ingrid, eating a carrot she picked from our garden this past weekend. Our girls helped plant our garden. They planted seeds. They water it on a regular basis. They get excited to see when new vegetables are coming in. Best of all, they love eating straight from the source!
If you have a picky eater on your hands, try to grow a few things and see if they’d like to help. Chances are, they’ll love it (and they’ll love to eat it even more)!