Today I thought I’d look at how kids can participate in their own health. As mentioned previously as parents we are here to lead by example, our children are little sponges eager to participate, learn and be inspired.
In our household we enjoy sharing time together both gardening and cooking. I realise not everyone has the space to include a full vegetable garden but there is always space to incorporate the smallest of kitchen gardens including our very own nutrient dense microgreens.
Studies have proven that children are more inclined to eat or at the least try foods if they have participated in the growing process. Microgreens are a perfect way to start!
- Kids get to create, participate and learn from start to finish
- They are easy and fast growing, ready to eat in just 7-14 days
- Instil wonder and enthusiasm as they watch their microgreens change and grow through the germination period to microgreens stage
- Empower our children as they nurture and take care of their own little plot
- Unlike their mature counterparts they tend to be milder in taste and for the really fussy eaters if they are still unwilling to give them a go fresh they can easily be disguised
Once your microgreens have been harvested set aside a little time for you and your kids to share in the moment to conjure up and create your own delicious and nutritious inspirational delights. We are still here to lead by example and extend a guiding hand but the more we allow our children to participate in the process the more we empower them and leave them with the lasting memories and lifelong lessons. A few of the creations and ways we have incorporated microgreens in this household have included a variety of smoothies, homemade pizza sauce and pizzas, rice paper rolls, just to mention a few.
I find it’s always a good idea to try and set aside the time needed to create and cook. A little patience and turning of a blind eye to the more than likely mess created in the kitchen always works for me as I must admit I’m not a big fan of a messy kitchen so I really have to let it go to ensure I too enjoy the moment shared. Believe me seeing that little smile and knowing our children are filled with such pride and a sense of achievement at what they have created is so worth it. That sense of achievement doesn’t just stop at our kids I also always have that feeling of accomplishment and a smile on my face (once the kitchen is clean) as I know I am imparting and passing down invaluable teachings on maintaining a healthy lifestyle through good nutrition.