Want your kids to look forward to eating vegetables?
Here’s one way that I stumbled upon when we set out to visit all of the area farmers markets over this summer.
When we arrived at the market, I would give each kid a five-dollar bill to spend on any fruits or vegetables of their choice.
I made clear that cookies or other baked goods didn’t count.
Yes, Daley, the emergent negotiator, asked, “Can I buy strawberry jam? It’s got fruit in it.”
The idea was for them to explore the vast fresh, local produce available.
When I came up with the 5-dollar idea, I hadn’t expected it to be such a hit from both a kid’s and a parent’s perspective.
They loved carrying around their money, visiting the different booths, talking to the farmers, and making their purchases.
At the first market, Finley bought broccoli and then proceeded to eat it right from the stalk, while Daley bought a bag of lettuce greens and munched them the entire ride home.
They even chose items that we do not normally consume, such as fresh beets (we grilled them and they were yummy).
Daley even learned to “shop around” so he could get the best value for his money…and ultimately more items. It was a great way to practice math too.
Excellent markets…real food…great lessons!
If your interested in taking your kids to a farmers market, I wrote another post detailing each of the ones we visited called, “Twin Ports Farmers Market Adventures.”
How do you get your kids excited to eat nutricious foods? Share your advice in the comment box below. Thanks!