Salad sometimes can feel like an adult-only food. It’s that option we go for when us adults are trying to eat healthy. We know it is a better food option for us, but it has so many health benefits, that salad shouldn’t be limited to just adults. Kids can get in on it, too. We just need to know how to get kids in on the action. Here are some tips and tricks to get your kids to eat more salad (and enjoy it, too)!
Use Kid-Friendly Add-Ins
Kids like to have fun, so it’s no surprise that when eating time is more fun for them, they are more receptive to what they are eating. Try adding in ingredients that are fun to eat and fun to look at into their salad. Fun options are cheese cubes, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, and even fun-shaped cheese crackers.
Change Your Terminology
Perhaps calling it “salad” has too much of an adult-feel for your little one. Find a relatable term that connects with your kids or just call it what it is. If they’re eating spinach, call it just that. Kids want to know exactly what they are eating. If the term “salad” isn’t clear, they may be more likely to avoid it altogether.
Make-Your-Own Salad Bar
Just like making tacos or pizza, a make-your-own salad bar gives kids ownership over what they are eating and includes them in on the process of making dinner. Kids love to be hands-on with their food. What better way to do so!
Prepare Bite-Sized Portions
Adults may be used to large portion sizes and large pieces of food, but for kids it might be intimidating. Little mouths can’t handle large pieces of lettuce that just don’t quite fit. Cutting all the ingredients into relatable sizes will help get kids into the action!
Don’t Forget the Dressing
Salad dressing equals flavor so be sure to include it with your kid’s salads. If bottled versions worry you with their added chemicals and preservatives, try making your own, and better yet, get your kids to help you!
Slowly Step Into the Process
Nothing is more off-putting to children than unfamiliar foods. If you want your kids to eat salad, try slowly incorporating salad ingredients with each meal. Before you know it, your kids will be super familiar with all the foods that comprise a salad, and then, when you actually give them a prepared “salad” they will know what they’re eating in terms of look, taste, and feel. The incorporation process is the challenge, so take it easy and take it slow!