June 29th, 2016
Our previous posts touched on the health benefits associated with planting and caring for a garden, but the benefits of gardening are far reaching, extending into your kitchen and beyond. Cooking with what you grow in your garden is one of the best things you can do for you and your children’s health. Not only does adding homegrown fruit and vegetables into your meals improve the taste, but a study by the Journal of American Dietetic Association found that children are more than twice as likely to eat the recommended five servings of fruits and veggies when they are homegrown. Bringing children into the process of growing and cooking their food has been shown to improve healthy eating patterns later in life. When so much of processed and fast food advertisement is directed towards children it is vitally important guide and inform kids on where their food comes from. Being an active participant in the creation and cultivation of your own food can provide a sense of accomplishment and pride, as well as giving you the exercise and nutrition you need. The act of gardening can provide mental and physical health benefits, and taking your homegrown produce into the kitchen can provide even more!