I’m a vegetarian and vegetables are a regular feature at our dining room table. My children, ages three and a half and one and half, love carrots and peas–a little more, please! But even the best eaters may go through a picky phase. And when toddlers seem to want to live on goldfish crackers or your kindergartner has turned into a cookie monster, you’ll want some tips from…Jennie Garth?
Yup. That’s right! Kelly Taylor from 90210 has a new show on iVillage, Garden Party, full of advice for getting your children excited about vegetables. And recently she visited Grand Central for a Love Your Veggies event.
In Garden Party, Garth, who I used to revere as Kelly in Beverly Hill 90210, now mother of three daughters, visits farms and gardens to learn about how to grow vegetables and then talks to kids and kid-friendly cooks about how to prepare them in a way that is fun and appealing to little ones. So, things like making salad art, getting creative with dipping (Hidden Valley is the sponsor of the show) and giving veggies a little bit of spin (broccoli can be “little trees” and asparagus can be “beanstalks”) Each month, she focuses on a new vegetable: right now, for example, its all about lettuce.
I went to an event called Veggie Central at Grand Central Station last week, where Garth appeared to do a veggie-related activity with local 3rd graders and to talk about the show. […]
The Organic Gardener, Jeanne Pinsof Nolan, was also in attendance, showing kids how to plant all manner of seeds, and answering their questions about gardening.
My favorite question was from a little boy who asked, “If you plant a seed, will it really grow?”
It does seem pretty far-fetched.
Nolan also mentioned to the kids how the President himself had a garden at the White House where he grew all kinds of vegetables. Kids seemed to dig that.
Want to know what vegetable needs a new PR agent? Or what vegetable the kids love? Want to see a Jennie Garth-inspired veggie pizza bagel face? Or an entire fountain of ranch dressing? Then you’ll have to check out Love Your Veggies at A Mom Amok.