How to Get Your Kid Interested in Healthy Eating

In children, heatlhy eating, kids, Uncategorized, wellness on January 10, 2013 at 12:42 am

A friend just asked me an interesting question: What would I recommend as an appropriate chore for her three-year-old? Without blinking an eye, I said, “Two things–first, let him help you in the kitchen while you prepare meals (no knives or dangerous items). He’ll develop a natural curiosity about foods–for example, ‘what do you do with a spaghetti squash??'”

Then, I suggested he tend to his own little vegetable and herb garden. Okay, it’s winter in many parts of the country–but a child can be just as fascinated by a small window box or even an avocado-seed-in-a-glass.  canstockphoto7629386kidveg

If that isn’t enough to convince us, maybe this is:

When British Super Chef Jamie Oliver sought to change school lunches in the U.S. and elsewhere a few years ago, we met teenagers at risk for diabetes; a teenager who lost her 400+ pound father when she was only 2-years-old; a 318 pound 12-year-old; and one teenage girl who already has spots on her liver–and was told by her doctor that she only has 6 or 7 years to live. This generation is expected to have a lower life expectancy than others.

Those statistics are just one reason we need to get our kids eating better–and one of the best ways to do it is to involve your kids in growing their own food because:

  • Gowing food just promotes healthy eating and lifestyle. How many times have we heard, “But I don’t like it!”–when they haven’t even tried it. Growing fruits and vegetables leads to curiosity which leads to a desire to try more–and different–foods.
  • They’ll have a sense of accomplishment and pride at seeing something grow, so they’ll probably have improved self-esteem and confidence.
  • Kids wil get an assortment of different skills including those in science, financial, business, communications, fitness and more.

Jamie Oliver’s Kitchen Garden Project website says: “If we can get gardens, school food and the curriculum working together, we’ve got a really potent, beautiful, inspirational catalyst for change.”

Words to live by: Let’s get our kids growing their food!


Irene Ross is a certified nutrition and health coach who believes that wellness is a family affair, since everyone tends to absorb the energy of each other–and that goes for everyone, even the 4-legged furry children!

Author of the e-book, Sugar’s Sour Story, and of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life, her website is:

  1. Reblogged this on A Smile Like Yours Photography and commented:
    Love this!!

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