Young & Hungry: Engaging Children In Their Own Nutrition

Teaching your children to eat super healthy foods can be a struggle. It can sometimes feel like pulling teeth to get kids to eat their vegetables. And even if they like some of the flavors that nature provides, they may lack the proper knowledge to understand what is happening to their bodies when they eat.

Of course the chocolate chip cookies and potato chips sound better than a green smoothie. But why do these snacks sound better? Is it because they are exposed to this idea at a young age? Or is it simply taste? We believe children (and their parents) can enjoy their sweets as well as their veggies.

There may be many factors that affect a child's lifetime nutritional values, but each individual has the basic human and scientific need to eat what Mother Earth offers. Our body's talk to us, we only have to listen. And this is something parents can help their children recognize from a very young age. It's in their nature and yours to eat healthy and to not only survive, but also thrive.

We don't all have access to large outdoor farms. In a small city apartment or urban areas you may struggle with finding ways to expose your children to nature. The urban gardening movement has made huge strides over the past 15 years. And with Grow.Bar you can now give your children the knowledge and satisfaction that comes from growing their own food right at home. This can change their entire perspective on eating and their local food culture. 

The facts are right in front of us. We as a global community need to start educating our children about the food industry, eating culture and how to maintain a healthy life. It's not about round, tall, short or thin. Every individual should love the skin they are in, however keeping that skin and their body at their healthiest is essential for human evolution.  The graph below displays the exponential increase of overweight children since the 1960's.

Information source: NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey)

Information source: NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey)

There are undeniably many factors that affect these numbers. But as you can see, the numbers are only growing. Where else to aim responsibility except to the new generation of parents? You can do right by your child, the environment and the economy by teaching the children well. We are all busy and finding time between work, sleep, sickness and daily life can be extremely difficult. So let The Grow.Bar inspire you and your family to find the time to focus on what you're eating.

It's not impossible to guide kids in the right direction. It just takes some creativity and most likely, forming new habits of your own. The Grow.Bar indoor grow system is a great way to integrate nutrition into your kitchen environment. And it's advantageous for the whole family. From Grandparents, babysitter and friends to parents and children, anyone can get involved.

And with our Seed Kits® parents have found a convenient, easy to maintain and easy to clean activity for the whole family. It can be so much more than just an indoor garden. Our kits include organic seeds; organic fertilizer and other organic grow media necessary to grow your own vegetables and herbs at home. Get your kids excited about watching their seeds grow. All you have to do is add water. And you can even throw the tray in the dishwasher. How awesome is that?!

Our Smoothie Blend Seed Kit® takes about 12 days to harvest and includes broccoli, kale, cabbage and collard greens. This kit will help you engage young and hungry minds. It's a perfect learning tool for growing bodies and will yield about 10 servings (enough for even a large family). Let the blend inspire you. Learn about these greens with your family and teach your kids how to spark their own imaginations.

Experiment with other healthy fruit additions and make it fun to find your kids favorite new smoothie of choice. This may be what you are looking for. It may possibly get your young ones to finally love downing some broccoli vitamins and nutrients. Teach your children what it means to grow organic life. Show them how beautiful and fun organic life can be. And experience with them the flavor and affects that eating organic life provides.

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