Many health pioneers and advocates promote the benefits of a raw food diet to improve health and general well being. As a parent this knowledge reinforces our desire to encourage our children to eat more raw food in their diet and during the summer salad is high on the list. How to encourage children to eat salad is not always easy. I came across something that worked recently and wanted to share it with you.
Whilst on holiday a café presented us with a list of bases, fillings, proteins and dressings and we choose a few options from each. They then brought us all our own unique salad jar. Some or us choose to tip it onto a plate to eat it whilst another decided it was much more fun eating it out of a jar. Since I have been home I have experimented with this approach and we now have a laminated list of choices on the fridge. When opting for a salad we choose a base, 4 fillings, up to 2 proteins and a dressing. This has been especially good for picnics and will also work for packed lunches. It has been really interesting seeing the different combinations that have been created and the array of colours has been fascinating. This has also enabled a discussion about eating a daily rainbow and the many nutrients found in different foods.
Feel free to print, use and share this image to plan and inspire your children to eat salad.