twitter facebook stumble upon rss

Jennie Garth Helps Kids Learn to Love Veggies

sign up for the momlogic newsletter Tweet This

Getting kids to eat veggies is as easy as getting them to clean their rooms without asking about 500 times. That's right: not easy at all.

jennie garth

momlogic's Vivian: But yesterday, actress, mom of three and Hidden Valley Ranch spokeswoman Jennie Garth kicked off HVR'sLove Your Veggies campaign and web series with "Veggie Central," an interactive event at Grand Central Station in New York City. Garth -- along with The Organic Gardener, Jeanne Pinsof Nolan -- gave demos to a group of schoolkids, graciously sharing laughs, signing autographs and patiently answering every question they had to ask. She then hunkered down to share her mommy how-tos and personal stories about how she "vegges out" with her kids with the likes of us.

First off, it's important to know that Garth actually practices what she preaches, having had her personal share of gardening experience. "My father-in-law, Peter's [Facinelli] dad, comes out every spring and helps us plant. It's not a huge garden, but we grow tomatoes and lettuce right in our front yard. I grew up on a farm where we grew a lot of our own food. The girls really like to get in there and get their hands in the dirt. It changes their perspective on vegetables and helps to get the vegetables into them."

She admits to her own challenges in getting her three daughters to eat their veggies.
Says Garth, "They're kids, and every five minutes, their tastes change. I served broccoli, and one of my daughters was like, 'Broccoli? I don't eat broccoli,' --when she ate it last week. I try and go with the flow and focus on the importance of taking care of themselves. When they reach a certain age -- 10, 11 or 12 -- you can hand over the choices to them a little bit more. I always say, 'Do you want to be healthy and fit, or do you want to be unhealthy and have no energy?' I just give them simple choices and let them start making those choices slowly. My daughter [Luca] is 12, and is an athlete. She's involved in every sport the school provides. She loves junk like gnocchi and I tell her, 'If you eat gnocchi, bad things are going to happen.' We joke about it, but I just try and be as real with my kids as I can without giving them any kind of body complex, or emphasizing diets or fads. We really try not to do that and make it about being healthy, fit and having a lot of energy -- teaching them straight-up about that stuff."

jennie garth

She encounters the same challenges we do when it comes to packing a healthy school lunch, but says her strategy is removing the less-healthy options her kids might pull toward. "If they want processed food, they'll find a way to get it from their friends," she says. "But I think if you give them fewer options and less sweet, processed, packaged junk food, they will eat what you give them. Give them a fruit, a vegetable and a protein, whether it's a sandwich, tofu or cheese sticks -- something."

Another great way to show your kid that veggies are tasty? Garth is a big believer in the family dinner -- even with all the traveling she and her husband ["Twilight" and "Nurse Jackie" actor Peter Facinelli] have to do. Says Garth, "Family dinners, I think, are a lost art because our society is so busy. But it's a no-brainer. In our house, we have family dinner together every night, whether we have to wait for my oldest to get home from her sports, or if my husband's across the country shooting something, we'll Skype him and he'll eat with us. It's not even about trying, it's about doing it."

And finally, when it comes to cultivating a love of vegetables, sometimes leading by example does work. "The other day I made spinach for myself -- I sauteed it," Garth says. "I was eating it, and my 7-year-old asked if she could try it. And she loved it! She ate the whole thing. It's weird -- you have to keep trying. Keep veggies accessible and eventually they'll try them."



next: You May Be Making Your Kids Obese!
184 comments so far | Post a comment now
buty February 26, 2011, 2:51 PM

I was recommended this web site by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my difficulty. You’re incredible! Thanks!

signs of hearing loss February 27, 2011, 2:18 AM

I am always browsing online for ideas that can assist me. Thanks!

program tv February 27, 2011, 4:20 AM

hey there and thank you for your information – I’ve certainly picked up anything new from right here. I did however expertise some technical points using this web site, since I experienced to reload the website many times previous to I could get it to load properly. I had been wondering if your hosting is OK? Not that I’m complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will sometimes affect your placement in google and can damage your high-quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Anyway I am adding this RSS to my e-mail and could look out for a lot more of your respective intriguing content. Make sure you update this again very soon..

Jane Peraza February 27, 2011, 10:17 AM

You can certainly see your enthusiasm in the paintings you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. Always go after your heart.

program tv February 27, 2011, 10:50 AM

I was recommended this web site by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my problem. You are wonderful! Thanks!

Anderson Ontiveros February 27, 2011, 4:53 PM

Very informative publish here. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with me. I will certainly be back.

Zahnaufhellung Kosten February 28, 2011, 3:37 AM

I’ve bookmarked it for you to ensure that others can see everything you have to say.

asymmetrical hearing loss February 28, 2011, 4:33 AM

There is obviously a bunch to identify about this. I assume you made various nice points in features also.

Jeremiah Eleveld February 28, 2011, 5:27 AM

I’m wondering if you may tell me the right way to subscribe for an rss feed, more particularly your own rss feed. How do you work with it?

Benito Southmayd February 28, 2011, 7:02 AM

Hi there, for some reason I can’t sign up to to the rss feed, it only comes up with a parse error when utilizing internet explorer? I do believe this is to do with themes or templates attaching white space, there’s a tool available to fix it.

Jessika Rohrs February 28, 2011, 9:22 AM

Hello, for reasons uknown I can’t sign up to to your rss feed, it simply comes up with a parse error when utilizing chrome? I do believe this can be to do with themes or templates having white space, theirs a wordpress extension available to repair it.

buty February 28, 2011, 12:23 PM

Definitely believe that which you said. Your favorite justification appeared to be on the internet the simplest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get irked while people think about worries that they just don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people can take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

program tv February 28, 2011, 2:54 PM

This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I have joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your fantastic post. Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!

karmaloop codes March 1, 2011, 2:49 AM

This website is extremely good. How can I make one like this ?

piłka nożna March 1, 2011, 3:09 AM

Excellent post once again! Thumbs up=)

earphone reviews March 1, 2011, 3:15 AM

Very good post, thanks a lot for sharing. Do you happen to have an RSS feed I can subscribe to?

Frieda Schlott March 1, 2011, 10:29 AM

Hey, I had been wondering do you have any guest article oppertunitys available at all? I’d love to contribute to your webblog if I can, please respond here and let me know!

water cooling March 1, 2011, 4:16 PM

Super-Duper internet site! I’m loving it!! Will certainly return again, Thank you.

Aquarium einrichten March 3, 2011, 7:20 AM

I’ve been looking to publish about something like this on my website and you set it up an idea. Cheers.

Ardelle Stokke March 4, 2011, 3:16 PM

I am not so quick-witted to be enterprising to set down notable stuff like you do but I am trying to pay it back so hoepfully this will proffer you a toothful grin or make you laugh outright or at the very least give you a thought for the day? : Frog blast the vent core!


Back to top >>
advertisement