Veggie Monsters: 7 Essential Tips for Growing Your Own Food with Your Kids

Photo by: Jeanne Nolan and Amanda Small
Break out the cookie cutters
Slice up your carrots, eggplants, sweet bell peppers, melon and cucumbers into slabs and let your kids go to town with cookie ... more 
Photo by: Jeanne Nolan and Amanda Small
Break out the cookie cutters
Slice up your carrots, eggplants, sweet bell peppers, melon and cucumbers into slabs and let your kids go to town with cookie cutters. You'll find they're much more jazzed about eating fresh raw fruits and vegetables in the shape of hearts and stars than plain old sticks or chunks.
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Mon, Jul 15, 2013 12:00 PM EDT

Growing your own food has incredible benefits for adults - it tastes great, it calms you down, it unites your family, it's even an antidepressant (and that's not the half of it)-but no one appreciates the process more than kids. No botany class will ever be able to fully explain how a tiny seed a quarter centimeter long can, in the span of weeks, become a soft, sweet, nutritious fruit a hundred times that size. As adults, we lose sight of the miracle in that. But kids recognize it, and their awe is written all over their faces as they observe the process. How can you make sure your kids enjoy growing food instead of looking at it as a chore? Click through for 7 essential tips for growing your own food with your kids! -By Jeanne Nolan and Amanda Little

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