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The trick to get your kids to eat salad

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My kids love salads, but that wasn’t always the case. I would make them and I would end up throwing them in the trash. I found a trick so they’ll eat them now. It is so simple to do. We have salad night at our house and it’s one of the kids favorites.

My kids love salad now, but it didn't use to be that way. Try this trick and your kids will eat it!

The first thing I do is get lots of toppings.

  • Cheese
  • avocados
  • hardboiled eggs- I usually boil a bunch at one time, peel and keep in the refrigerator.  My kids eat these for a snack too.
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • croutons
  • carrots
  • peppers
  • mushrooms
  • cucumbers
  • olives

The trick to get your kids to eat salad.

Of course, I don’t have all these for every salad night, but I usually have a lot of them.  I usually grill out some chicken or steak (their favorite) to add in for additional protein.

Here’s my trick.  I lay everything out on the kitchen table and I have them make their own salads.  They are in charge of assembling everything themselves.  After doing this a few times I really know what my kids favorite veggies are now.  My daughter loads up on avocados, while one son loves peppers and the other broccoli.  They all love slicing their eggs to put on top.  My mother-in-law found an egg slicer and got it for me.  I never thought I would use it, but the kids love it.  We have a variety of dressings for them to choose from.  I have one son that doesn’t even use any. One rule: If they put it in their bowl, they have to eat it.

The trick to get your kids to eat salad.

The trick to get your kids to eat salad.

Try this and see what your kids choose.    You may soon have salad eaters on your hand.

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Tuesday 15th of September 2015

This is a great idea. I do this with meals also, lunch , and dinner. I find children eat much better when they can choose what they eat from the meal that you have set before them on the table.

Jennifer Tammy

Friday 11th of September 2015

Great tips! I also love to add quinoa or poached eggs - I like how the runny yolk adds texture to the salad, but boiled sounds much easier!


Friday 11th of September 2015

My kids love runny eggs so they would probably love a poached one.