The Dirt on Veggie Gardening: What to Grow in July

The best veggies are backyard fresh, but is it too late to grow them now that it’s the middle of summer? Here are four veggies you can put in the ground now and pack for lunch by the fall.

It is estimated that a veggie in the grocery store can lose up to 30 percent of its nutrients from the time it is picked to the time it is polished off.

The Vegy Vida-Marsh Launch: 2 Airstreams, 6-fold Growth and 100s of Happy Kids

On June 17, Vegy Vida entered all 72 Marsh Supermarket locations and hundreds of children across Indiana and Ohio entered our hearts. With two Airstreams, hundreds of pounds of veggies and a mission to help kids love veggies for life, we began a journey.

Gardeners say that arugula and radishes grow pretty fast, but on June 17, no veggies could grow as fast as Vegy Vida. We expanded our size by six times in one day!

Q&A With Founder of Kidstir: Recipes For (Making) Little Chefs

The first steps to getting kids to love healthy foods for life lead to the kitchen. This Q&A with Aparna Pande reveals how her company, Kidstir, encourages kids to measure, mix and understand the value of nutritious meals.

If there is one ingredient often missing from the kitchen table, Aparna Pande thinks it might be adventure. Fortunately, she has a kit for that.

Pande is founder and CEO of Kidstir,

Tongue Twisters: Why Kids Have Trouble With Veggies

For many parents, veggies tend to turn mealtime into deal time. Kids do not want to eat them, so mom and dad seek creative ways to coax them into taking just one bite, wondering: Why is my kid so picky?

Turns out your kids aren’t picky, they just have very different palates. Here’s a look at that difference, and what it means for development.

A Green Bean Got Me an “A”: Veggies As Brain Food

Leafy greens and other veggies can be as important to a child’s intelligence as sleep and physical activity. Sadly, sometimes these veggies can be a hard sell. Here are some magical ways to make them a welcome addition to mealtime.

Once upon a time there was a very smart cookie in the kitchen. She fed her kids green veggies, and they were happy.

No, this is not a fairy tale,

Ugly Veggies a Mother Should Love: Q&A With @UglyFruitAndVeg

Veggies are among the most beautiful foods we can put into our bodies, yet we treat those with abnormalities as if they are bad for us. Tons of ugly vegetables are wasted every day. This Q&A with Jordan Figueiredo, creator of the @UglyFruitAndVeg campaign, should change minds about looks.

In the veggie world, there are no popularity contests, no beauty pageants, no kings and queens of the prom.

Color-Coded Health: Seeing Reds (and Purples and Greens) In a New Light

Red speaks to our hearts, while green speaks to our brains, but what of yellow, and even white? The colorful compounds of veggies deliver important health and nutritional benefits to different parts to growing bodies. A look into what veggie brilliance means to kids.

Here’s a fun after-school activity: Give your kid six crayons and ask him or her to draw the picture of health. Next, take that picture and duplicate it on a plate.

Hyper Focus: How Veggies Turn Fits Into Grins

The foods kids eat contribute substantially to their moods and energy levels, with veggies playing a starring role. Making the most of them, however, also means understanding what contributes to temper tantrums. How veggies can transform little sourpusses into afternoon delights.

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Here’s a kid conversation starter: Next time your child laughs, tell her she is acting like a cucumber.

The foods we eat contribute substantially to our moods and energy levels,

Are We Feeding Our Kids a Meltdown?

The foods we feed children and even babies determine their health and happy-meters for the rest of their lives. How much do we know about the additives? Happy kids eat healthy foods, but food labels can be confusing.

Here are a few good things to know.