For Kids Who Sneer at Veggies

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If you’re looking for a way to encourage your children to eat their fruits and vegetables, search no farther than your backyard, suggest researchers from Saint Louis University.


Preschool children in rural areas eat more fruits and vegetables when the produce is homegrown, they say.

“When children are involved with growing and cooking food, it improves their diet,” says lead researcher Debra Haire-Joshu, PhD, director of the university’s Obesity Prevention Center and an assistant professor of community health

Here are 10 children’s books that will motivate kids to start an organic garden.

  1. Growing Vegetable Soup
  2. Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children
  3. Gardening with Children
  4. Planting the Seed: A Guide to Gardening
  5. The Gardening Book
  6. The Carrot Seed Board Book
  7. Planting a Rainbow
  8. Ready, Set, Grow: A Guide to Gardening With Children
  9. The Jumbo Book of Gardening
  10. How Does Your Garden Grow?: Great Gardening For Green-Fingered Kids

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