Summertime is the best time to offer vegetables to your kids. Here are a few reasons why.
1) Local vegetables are readily available.
On any given day you can find it especially on the weekends you can find a local farmer’s market a pharmacy and you have access to fresh local food much more often in the summertime. So I really encourage you to get out. Find a farmer’s market. Talk to your friends.
So many of the farms in our area open up certain days on the weekends they have farm tours.
Fresh local vegetables are just more readily available in the summertime and the more we can get our kids out of the box foods at the grocery store it out into a garden or a farm to see where real food is coming from. Fabulous. It is so impactful to them to really explain to them that this is where food comes from, that it takes time to grow food. And if you can’t find a local farmer’s market or a local farmer talk to or your local neighbor, maybe you have someone in your neighborhood who has a garden. Talk to them say Hey can I bring my kids or to try a couple little tomatoes. I am sure that they will be excited to share. So get out to a farm, get out to your local garden, find fresh local foods in your area. Talk to your kids about where real food comes from.
2) We are more active in the summer.
Our kids are more active they are getting out they’re swimming, they’re fishing, they’re at the park, in the sun. They are outside a lot in the summer. So I’m sure as a mom or as a caregiver if you are hearing, “I’m starving.” My kids are always starving in the summer. I have to have constant food around me because that’s all they’re asking for is food.
They are hungrier. Take advantage of that.
Take advantage of summer snack time to offer vegetables, real food, and new foods because they’re “starving” and more likely to eat it when they’re hungry, moms. So take the veggie battle away from the dinner. Offer fresh vegetables at the snack table, at the picnic table while we’re at the park, or while at the zoo during snack time. And if your kid says no thank you I don’t want that snack or throws a fit. OK here’s the thing Mom you’re going to feel better about it because you know that dinner or that the next meal is right around the corner.
It’s OK if they say no thank you. You go, “OK. Mommy’s offering an awesome snack if you choose not to eat it. OK. We’ll be having lunch soon.” No problem that’s your choice. Keep enjoying the park, fishing, swimming or whatever it is you’re doing and no fights. Don’t make it a big huge deal.
3) The schedule is changing more often in the summer.
Vacation, Grandma’s house, summer camp, etc. I don’t know about your family but for our family routine is changing every day, well usually every week. One week we’re at grandma’s house, one week my kids are at camp, one week they are here home with me. The schedule is always changing. I’ve talked to a couple of moms who go part time in the summer. If you’re a teacher, you’re home during the summer.
Our routines are different, kids aren’t just expecting the same thing every day right. Let’s use this change in schedule to our advantage. They’re expecting things to be different every day. The snacks can be different, maybe a little bit different than we’re used to. We’re going to offer some healthy choices. Don’t make a big deal about it. Just offer them but take advantage of the fact that the routine is changing and we can use that to our advantage.
4) Get lunch box ready.
I think it’s so important to do this during the summer because hopefully, you will find one or two items they will like that you can include in the lunch box when we go back to school. Because we know when we go back to school it is not easy to put new things in the lunch box because you don’t know exactly what’s happening to it at school, is it being traded or is it being tossed? Who knows, right? You know most the time it that they don’t like it it’s not coming home or maybe it’s coming home all smashed at the bottom of the lunch bag. But if you can use summer to find one or two items that are going to be really easy to pack in the lunch box. It’s really going to help when it comes time to pack lunches.
I think summer is the best time to offer vegetables and new foods healthy food choices to your family.
It takes several tries before kids learn to like the taste of vegetables, and summer is the perfect time to introduce veggies to kids. In this week’s Facebook Live, I talked about why summer is the best time to offer vegetables.
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