You've been trying to get your children to eat more vegetables for some time now, and you have finally been a little successful. However, the thought of encouraging them to eat a salad is almost laughable to you. When you want to find delicious salads that they will love, what are some recipes you can try?
Add in Meats
Let's confront the facts. Even when you look at a bed of lettuce filled with vegetables only, you feel a little bit disappointed. You can only imagine how your children must feel with this platter in front of them. Make sure you are adding meat into the salad, and they are more likely to enjoy it. Add some of Continentals chicken chow mein and ground turkey which can make for some fun salads.
Do your kids love to eat tacos or other types of Mexican food? Well then, you can make a taco salad. Add in lean ground beef or ground turkey to keep it healthier and put on all of their favourite toppings. Low-fat shredded cheese, low-fat sour cream, avocado, taco seasoning and salsa are excellent ways to keep this salad appealing and still on the healthy side.
Add in Some Fruit
While your children seem to shy away from a lot of vegetables, they are pretty good when it comes to eating their fruits. Try to make a salad that has some fruit in it. Cranberries and apples are two popular fruits that you will find in some tasty salads. You could also add in walnuts to give the salad even more crunch. Sometimes, simply changing up the texture of the salad can make your children want to eat it more. Do not pour on the dressing, or you are sure to lose that crunch factor.
A Tuscan Flair
If your children tend to like Italian food, try to give your salad a little bit of that Tuscan flair. One recipe that people love is the blend of feta cheese, olives, grilled chicken and roasted red peppers. Just imagine how delicious this will taste. When you add on some balsamic dressing, the flavors really come to life. Chances are, as your kids are crunching away on the salad, you are going to want to eat some of it as well. Feel free to get creative and add in your own ingredients
Use a Pasta Base
Maybe you just cannot get your children to eat lettuce. Consider using a pasta base instead and serving them pasta salad. Choose whole wheat, and you will still be providing a healthy choice. Cut up a bunch of vegetables, and the salad will have even more of that health factor to it.
Kids are going to love these salads because they keep their personal tastes in mind. No one likes to eat foods that are boring and bland, and this is especially true for the children in your own life.
Mandy is a stay-at-home mum with 2 children in primary school, in her past time she loves to garden, travel, cook and write blogs for other stay at home mums and anyone with similar interests.