Having kids, you often deal with a period of time when you have a picky eater. Most common problem is a child who refuses to eat vegetables. We have dealt with that with our own kids. Having one who is autistic, we deal with it on a fairly regular basis. We found an answer though that may work for other families as well.
This morning, I took the kids outside and we began planting vegetable seeds into the seed starting trays. I had a variety of vegetable seeds and let the kids pick out the ones they wanted for a special garden box that will be set up in their fenced play area. They chose grape tomatoes, sugar pod peas, and green beans. I helped them to plant the seeds and we have them out in the sun. Once large enough, we will be transplanting them into a square foot garden bed in their yard. These veggies will be ones that I will let them pick and snack on.
What have me the idea originally was memories of my own childhood. My parents always had a large garden each year. When playing outside, I often would pick a handful of green beans, peas, or a tomato to snack on. I loved eating straight from the garden.
As a parent, I have learned that if I let the kids help grow a few of their favorites, they were far more likely to eat the veggies at mealtimes. It also encourages healthy snacking. When it is warm enough, I want to plant a small strawberry patch as well. Both kids love strawberries, so they should be a good choice.
It is definitely worth a try to plant a few veggies and see if the kids are more likely to eat them. Even if you only plant a small garden bed along your house or in pots on your patio, it can help. Kids take prize in harvesting a few veggies from their own garden plants to add to the family meal. It can make a big difference.