Salads are low in calories but high in fiber, vitamins and minerals. Salads may not be your kids favorite food, so here are some tips that will help you pack lots of nutrition into salads your whole family will love.
Serve salad at the beginning of a meal. This is the time when everyone is generally hungry and less picky about what they eat.
Include lots of crunchy vegetables. Many people often dislike salad because they think its boring. Toss in chopped or grated carrots, cucumbers, sweet peppers, jicama, raw broccoli or sweet peas – any vegetables you like. It will help you develop the salad habit.
Sprinkle it on. Sunflower seeds or a bit of grated cheese can add a lot of flavor to a salad.
Choose great greens. Generally the darker the greens, the more nutritious the salad. Avoid iceberg lettuce. If you are going to get them to sit down to the salad you want it to pack the most nutrients. Some of the most nutritious salad greens are spinach, kale, arugula, watercress, endive and romaine. Use several kinds of greens to make a more attractive salad, people really do eat with their eyes first. Tear greens into bit size pieces and for the tougher greens like kale I like to chiffonade or shred them so that they are easy to pick up and chew.
Dress it up. Make a vinaigrette and add a little sweetness to it with honey or maple syrup. If its store bought choose a dressing that is light and low in sugar and preservatives.
Serve a salad buffet. Put ingredients in separate bowls or containers. Let everyone create their own salad.
Add fruit for sweetness. Try dried cranberries, sliced strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, apple, pear or orange slices.