Veg it up at home – be a role model
Only about 5% of NSW children eat enough vegetables. And the statistics are similar for adults. To help our community do better, our school is participating in Vegetable Week & The Big Vegie Crunch.
To encourage our school families to eat more vegetables we will be sending home hints and tips.
Up the veg at your place by…being a vegie role model!
Encourage your kids to eat more vegies by showing them how often you eat them
Talk with your kids about why you like vegetables and which ones are your favourites. Steer clear of talking about health though. Kids live in the moment so taste, texture and how they feel right now is what matters to them
Get your kids involved in meal planning. Make sure you put a focus on deciding which vegies you will include in your meals and snacks*
Take your kids shopping for your weekly veg. Ask them to help you choose the best! Whether it’s based on price, seasonality or freshness, your kids will love feeling responsible for decision making*
Grow your own! Even if it’s just a couple of pots of lettuce on a sunny window sill. It all helps to make vegetable eating fun
Most importantly, keep putting the vegetables out there. Don’t force your kids to eat veg but do give them lots of descriptive praise or non-food rewards (family card game anyone?) for eating them
Is cost or availability an issue? Frozen or canned vegetables (no added salt) are great too!
Mrs K Hanson
Vegetable Week School Coordinator