Sometimes salad sounds boring to me. That might sound weird since I’m kinda a veggie nerd (totally exists) and my kids could tell you the same. However, this summer I’ve experimented with some sweeter salad ingredients. This has kept me more interested and excited to eat my lunchy greens. On the menu today – strawberry salad.
I’m a sucker for fresh berries, mangos, and melons. Every lunch I’ve been looking around my kitchen and topping whatever greens I’ve had with some sort of fruit. This strawberry salad is juicy and combines the perfect sweetness with crunch. On top of that, my other new favorite salad topping is sliced mushrooms. Seriously the perfect combo of sweet, soft, and crunchy. I’m not a huge raw mushroom fan, so this topping has been a bit surprising for me. The meatiness of the mushrooms has been awesome and I love their soft texture combined with something fruity.
On this salad:
chopped snap peas
unsalted mixed nuts
salt and pepper
How do you get your kids to eat their greens…and be happy about it?
kids + salad = healthy eaters
I can’t say that my kids are always very happy about it, but we’ve made it the norm that it’s what you do. It’s been almost two years since we became a whole plant-based food family. The kids have transitioned with us and I feel huge wins a lot of the time at what they understand is healthy, what they are excited about eating, and how well they eat their veggies without complaining. I still hear “you always make us eat veggies” but then that same child will turn around and say “Dad, I’m going to eat more salad than you!” So maybe that’s a trick you can employ…a little bit of friendly competition!
Give yourself props for any small healthy change you make. It won’t happen overnight. You and your family will have a transition to pass through as you learn and practice healthy habits together. I 100% know that it’s worth it. You can start with something small like planning a lunch where the main ingredients (meaning the most of the things) are veggies. You could still have some other things you also enjoy, but change your mindset to allow the veggies and fruit to be the stars. Just make sure they are eaten in that priority order as well.
Have a fabulous Wednesday and I hope you enjoy a fruit salad in your near future and I want to hear about it!
What is a fruity topping you’ve put on your salad?
What veggies do your kids love the most?