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
home remedies for diabetes March 31, 2011, 6:17 AM

Really informative and wonderful complex body part of content , now that’s user pleasant (:.

medyum hoca April 1, 2011, 7:10 AM

I appreciate the info shared here. Please keep up the good work. Best wishes to you..

Waneta Kimbel April 2, 2011, 9:42 AM

This made me smile and hopefully after your last post it will do the same for you:
If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments. :)

URL April 3, 2011, 3:27 AM

You should really moderate the comments on this site

wholesale Blazers jerseys April 4, 2011, 7:32 AM

Wow, that looks so beneficial!Perhaps you from changed your keynote not too long ago? First because I could have sworn it was not the having said that the one-time age I was here…unless I am theory of a bizarre net site.

Kredyty hipoteczne online April 4, 2011, 10:49 PM

WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..extra wait .. …

Weight Loss Supplement April 5, 2011, 6:47 AM

This really solved my problem, thank you!

Ling Oquenda April 5, 2011, 7:57 AM

Make sure you excuse my my English speak, i am simply schooling. I greatly like your web site greatly, I find it quite interesting and that i saved a bookmark in my personal net.

carpet cleaners April 5, 2011, 8:54 PM

@ Mike I know what your saying there . In the current economy its tough to find a career that pays good enough to live on and is stable . I have found that if you just work hard and are consistent you can succeed. Look at the writer of this article, they are clearly hard working and have just been consistent over time and are now enjoying at least what would appear as somewhat of a success. I would encourage everyone to just keep hustling and moving forward.

Soccer Shoes April 6, 2011, 12:13 PM

18. Hey there, You have done an incredible job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am sure they’ll be benefited from this website.

ing ror April 6, 2011, 9:17 PM

I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here. The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish. nonetheless, you command get bought an impatience over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again as exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case you shield this increase.

szybka pozyczka April 7, 2011, 10:58 AM

After I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now every time a comment is added I get 4 emails with the identical comment. Is there any method you can remove me from that service? Thanks!

url April 7, 2011, 4:35 PM

Whilst I truly like this publish, I believe there was an spelling error shut to the end with the 3rd section.

Kredyt mieszkaniowy porownanie April 7, 2011, 8:55 PM

We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your site provided us with valuable info to work on. You have done an impressive job and our entire community will be grateful to you.

Jeramy Dalhart April 8, 2011, 12:46 AM

Real wonderful information will be found on website here.

bank bph April 8, 2011, 7:30 AM

I have read a few good stuff here. Certainly worth bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much effort you put to create such a excellent informative website.

St Kitts Rentals April 8, 2011, 12:51 PM

Wierd , your website shows up with a dark hue to it, what color is the primary color on your site?

ekspertyzy kryminalistyczne April 9, 2011, 7:38 AM

It is truely very good post, but I do not see everything completely clear, especially for someone not involved in that topic. Anyway very interesting to me.

Matt Turner April 9, 2011, 11:31 AM

I have observed that service fees for internet degree authorities tend to be a fantastic value. For instance a full Bachelors Degree in Communication with the University of Phoenix Online consists of 60 credits with $515/credit or $30,900. Also American Intercontinental University Online makes available Bachelors of Business Administration with a total study course element of 180 units and a tariff of $30,560. Online studying has made getting the higher education degree far more easy because you may earn your degree from the comfort of your dwelling place and when you finish working. Thanks for all other tips I’ve learned through your website.

denver roofing April 10, 2011, 12:30 AM

Amazing article, thank you, I will subscribe to you RSS later!

Back to top >>