Feb 15

8 Tips to help you get your little one to eat more salad

  1. Let your child help you select and prepare the ingredients for the salad. Studies have shown that children eat more food when they prepare it themselves.
  2. Eat the rainbow – salads don’t have to be a sea of green. Include tomatoes, different coloured peppers, beetroot, carrot, radishes and other veggies to make the salad more appealing.
  3. Cut the ingredients into bite-sized portions. Big ingredients might not seem as appealing to younger children as smaller, child-friendly pieces.
  4. Use flavours they enjoy and ingredients they are familiar with as a base for your salads.
  5. If you have a picky eater, limit the number of salad ingredients to three or four until they are comfortable with eating salad.
  6. Use a dressing. This will transform even the simplest salad into a masterpiece.
  7. When they enjoy ‘simple’ salads, gradually add new flavours and textures to keep it interesting.
  8. Some children don’t like it when food touch or when it is mixed together. If this is the case in your family, keep the salad ingredients separated on their plates.

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