This is a guest post by Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RD, a registered dietitian, and mom of two who blogs at Real Mom Nutrition. She is the author of The 101 Healthiest Foods For Kids, a guidebook to the very best foods for kids. She also collaborated with Cooking Light on Dinnertime Survival Guide, a cookbook for busy families. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Some of you may already have little salad eaters at your table. However, for many parents, salad is a final frontier—something they really, really wish their kids would eat (but really, really don’t think they will!).
Leafy greens are so good for kids because they have nutrients like vitamin C, fiber, and even calcium. Also, salads are a perfect vehicle for lots of other healthy foods like other veggies, plus nuts, seeds, fruit, and beans too.
My kids (and husband!) didn’t use to eat salads, but now they all happily dig into sizable salads throughout the week. Their changes of heart didn’t happen overnight—or within a week or two. I just kept serving it in different ways, and over the years, they all ended up trying it and finally liking it. Consistency is key with any new food. The more kids (and spouses!) see a particular food, the more likely they are to taste it eventually, then taste it again, and then maybe end up loving it!
If your kids aren’t salad-lovers yet, here are my best tips for helping them get there:
To help encourage your kids to try salad and lots of other foods, grab a copy of my free Try New Foods Chart. You and your kids can keep track of any new foods they try (or try again!). There are spots for rewards after every five foods—this can be an extra book at bedtime, an additional 15 minutes of screen time, getting to pick the dinner one night, whatever you decide (just not a dessert or another kind of food). Get your copy here!
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