Making Salads Fun | Fall

September 25, 2014  |  Food + Drink

Making Salads Fun - Fall |

When it comes to leafy green salads, I have found that kids have such a wide variety of likes and dislikes. Some kids won’t touch them, some kids only like one kind of salad (like Caesar, ya you know what I’m talking about), some like everything except the leafy greens and some only like the croutons.

One way I have found to encourage kids to be a bit more adventurous when it comes to eating salads is to make them fun. Making salads fun isn’t difficult and with a little prep they can be just as fast to throw together as any other garden variety salad. By making them fun, kids become interested and interest opens up the opportunity to try. Which is what we want, right?

Making Salads Fun - Fall |

So, how do you encourage kids who don’t like salads, or will only eat a limited variety of salads, to branch out a bit and try new ones? Well you can start by setting out a variety of greens and letting them pick and choose which ones they would like to put in the salad.

You could also let them wash & spin the lettuce. I know it’s your favorite job, but letting them do it will be worth it – you can wash the dishes. Oh no wait, kids love doing that too. You can mop the floor when they are done washing the dishes.

Making Salads Fun - Fall |

Let them tear the lettuce and put it in the salad bowl. It doesn’t bite but a few of those pieces just may get eaten along the way. Make their favorite salad and add just one new thing. For example, if your child will only eat Caesar salad, try tearing up a few spinach leaves and tossing them in. It’s a lot less threatening than a spinach salad.

Making Salads Fun - Fall |

Another great way to make a salad fun is by simply cutting any of the ingredients into fun shapes using mini cookie cutters or you can make new ingredients less intimidating by only cutting those ingredients up. For example, if your child refuses to try and/or has never tried beets maybe beet bats would grab their attention. Beet bats are hard to resist:)

Let their taste buds decide instead of their inhibitions.

Making Salads Fun - Fall |

Why do I care if my kids eat salad? Because salads are a bowl full of veggies. Or veggies and fruit. Or veggies and fruit and whole grains. Or veggies and fruit and whole grains and nuts. Or veggies and fruit and whole grains and nuts and seeds. Do you see where I’m going here? Lots of good stuff. Together. Fast.

Does it seem like too much work? Ya, maybe but kids are a lot of work (ya think?). However, my experience has always been that you get more than you give when it comes to kids. So enjoy the fall bounty with a bowl full of fun goodness.

I know what I’m bring to the Halloween Party (it doesn’t have to be all about the candy) and don’t kid yourself, kids of all ages like fun salads. I, for one, looove beet bats.


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