I was recently inspired by Jamie Oliver’s TED talk about his Food Revolution. In his talk, he shares his experiences with kids who could not tell the difference between an eggplant and an onion and mistook a beet for a celery! This is shocking. He’s brought to attention a real crisis about the way we feed our kids and I am thankful for that.
Personally, I am an omnivore, but veggies have always been an important part of my diet. My grandfather (whose name also happens to be Oliver) was an avid veggie grower and family dinners always included many of his own vegetables. His favourites were squash, beans, beets, brussel sprouts, corn… When I was a kid did I love all those veggies? The simple answer is no, however, my grandparents and parents were always adamant about having us eat at least some of each veggie. It was a standard expectation that I came to expect. Also, for me, the motivation of no desert until I’d finished my veggies was often enough. I think there is nothing wrong with rewarding kids for eating vegetables.
So far my daughter has been pretty good about eating her veggies but I’m sure there will be some battles in the future. I hope I have the same dedication that my parents and grandparents had with me.
We recently released my music video for “Full of Beans”, which is all about making eating veggies fun. I wrote this song while feeding my daughter one day. The whole song was written with just the accompaniment of my snapping fingers, and I’m proud to say the song is still a good finger snapper.
I’ve decided in honour of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day this May 19, that I will offer a free download of my song “Full of Beans” for the week. Let’s get our kids pumped about eating their veggies. Ok, if getting them pumped is a stretch, let’s at least find creative ways to get them to eat their veggies so that once they grow up, eating vegetables will be a central part of their day-to-day eating habits.
I would love to hear how you get your kids to eat their vegetables. Let’s get our own discussion going.