Get Your Kids to Eat More Salad with $50 Whole Foods Gift Card Giveaway @wholekidsfnd

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Children’s nutrition is significantly impacted not just at home but at school through school lunches. Did you know by the time a child finishes high school they have eaten 2,300 school lunches? If you think about it, that is a great deal of meals that seriously impact a child’s nutrition. I know through the years my kids have eaten more pizza and hamburgers at school than I have eaten in my lifetime. I do my best at home to always offer balanced meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables. I think it is essential that children have a balanced diet. Have you heard of Whole Kids Foundation? It is a nonprofit organization founded by Whole Foods dedicated to helping kids eat better and enjoy it. It is an incredible organization that has programs such as Let’s Move Salad Bars to School which provides schools with salad bars. They also provide grants for school gardens, as well as, offer cooking and nutrition education for educators. This is an incredible organization that is dedicated to improving nutrition at school. Whether your child’s school has these programs or not, you can still improve their nutrition by adding more fruits and vegetables into their diet. I know I try extremely hard to have salad several times a week. On average,  we eat salad 5 times a week. We don’t eat the same salad every day, we switch things up to make eating salad more enjoyable. If you are looking of ways to get your children to eat more salad, add some of their favorite foods in it. Spencer loves Black Forest Ham and Cheddar Cheese, so he thoroughly enjoys a Chef Salad. Here is the recipe for one of his favorite salads.

Spencer’s Chef Salad

Baby Spinach

Romaine Lettuce

Celery chopped

Applegate Black Forest Ham cut into strips

365 Medium Cheddar cut into strips

Pear Tomatoes

2 Hard Boiled Eggs

365 Ranch Dressing

Another way to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables is to add fruit to a salad. Here is my kicked up version of a Waldorf Salad. I can tell you this salad is out of this world good! The Coconut Chicken adds and extra sweetness that contrasts with the tang of the apple. I am sure you and your kids will love it!

My kicked up version of a Waldorf Salad:

Baby Spinach

Romaine Lettuce

Granny Smith Apple chopped

Celery chopped

Dried cranberries

Bell & Evans Coconut Breaded Chicken Breast

BRIANNAS Blush Wine Vinaigrette

Another way I have found to help children eat more salad is to get them involved. Talk to them about nutrition while giving them options of ingredient to add to the salad. It is a terrific way to  bond with them while also teaching them to eat better. You can find more information and salad recipes on The Whole Kids Foundation website. You can also find out how to get involved with the program, as well as, make donations.  Whole Foods is also offering an incredible  $50 Whole Foods Gift Card giveaway to help you buy more fruits and vegetables!

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  1. One trick is to sneak veggies and fruits into random snacks and meals. For pancakes, we add sweet potatoes and for yogurt we sprinkle in some berries.

  2. I do try to buy vegetables fruit juices and try to cut up different types of vegetables for snacks, such as celery with peanut butter.

  3. Green smoothies! Or really any fruit smoothie with hidden veggies!

  4. I like to make smoothies with fruits and veggies

  5. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Grill them!

  6. Tracy Robertson says:

    Experiment with a big variety of fruits and veggies! It seems like I grew up with zucchini and peas (and didn’t like either) but there are so many options available in the grocery stores now that it’s impossible not to find something that the kids will like.

  7. Thomas Murphy says:

    put cheese on veggies.

  8. Cut them ahead of time and put in baggies.

  9. ADD VEGGIES IN MEAT LOAF…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Jennifer Speed says:

    My mom always used to blend them in whatever she cooked so that I didn’t know they were there.. I think that helps so children don’t know they are actually eating their fruits and vegetables.

  11. I like to get them in the kitchen and let them feel, taste and cook with whole foods

  12. I cut up veggies and buy fruit for them to pack in their lunch.
    Thank you!

  13. we always made ‘green soup’ or muffins with grated veggies in them. thanks for the great giveaway!

  14. We like to add them into sauces.

  15. My kids love smoothies, but we also cook spinach and kale into our pasta!

  16. You can try making them different ways to see what they like better. Some kids prefer some veggies cooked, while others prefer them raw.

  17. I blend them and add to meals like shepherds pie.

  18. I put veggies in my pasta, which everyone loves!

  19. I add sweet potatoes to muffins and pancakes, pureed cauliflower to mac and cheese, and other ways to add veggies to foods.

  20. I like giving my kids fruit and veggies with dip or blending carrots into mac n’ cheese.

  21. mix fruit and veggies into a yummy smoothie!

  22. Make fruit/veggie smoothie always works.

  23. Olivia Rubin says:

    I make fruit and veggie kebabs

  24. Mary Happymommy says:

    Use dipping sauces to make things more fun.

  25. Just start kids off at an early age eating vegetables and fruit. If they don’t like it don’t force them. Give them vitamins.

  26. Adding things like cheesey croutons, or goldfish, adding a dressing they like (one has a secret ingredient of cashew butter), but it thick and creamy, another dressing of ketchup and mayonnaise – they’ll eat anything with that! Also pasta salad, with their fav macaroni wagon wheels or bow ties.

  27. I’ve been sneaking them in other recipes (brownies with spinach, etc.) as well as serving him the new V8 Smoothies that have both and he loves them!!

  28. Jennifer Williams says:

    I keep fruits and veggies cut up and on trays at levels my little ones can reach. They like to grab and go so if it is convenient they eat it first.

  29. Terri Herman says:

    Offer them first when they are really hungry. Give them cute names or silly names. Be a good example.

  30. Sonya Morris says:

    I sneak shredded carrots in brownies. I always try to keep fresh fruits and veggies on hand with something to dip them in and the kids love it.

  31. Daily Woman (Lacey) says:

    Use dips and other fun ways to eat veggies and fruits.

  32. They love them already

  33. I make smoothies.

  34. Seyma Shabbir says:

    I shred them in other food like quesadillas

  35. if they watch you eat vegetables and love them -they might love them too!

  36. I puree them and cook them into different foods

  37. I make a lot of smoothies with my vegetables and my Grandson thinks he is drinking a milk shake.

  38. Love that Whole Foods is doing this. My boys have eaten a ton of pizza and hamburgers too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I only wish there was a Whole Foods close to me.

  39. I love programs like these that help to move the schools to incorporate more fresh fruits and veggies into our kids diet. I require my kids eat vegetables at meals and fruits for snacks. It just makes a big difference for them.

  40. dip your fruits in peanut butter

  41. I do not have kids but I help my brother & sisters get in my fruits & veggies by making them smoothies with hidden greens in them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. The little ones here love veg and will eat always without hiding them ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. My daughter shops at Whole Foods all the time. She loves their selection of organic veggies.

  44. Anything that can be hidden! Veggies in casseroles, or wraps are easy!

  45. Great tips, I let kids pick ‘toppings’ for their salads too and that helps

  46. I love me some salad! Whole foods rocks as well, we have one in walking distance.

  47. I don’t really have a hard time getting my kiddo to eat fruits and veggies, she loves them. She actually loves salad. But for those that don’t you can always find ways to add them to muffins and breads.

  48. Fruits..vegetable salads are always good with some yummy snacks for lunch boxes. Really informative post ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. That’s a great giveaway. I’m lucky for most of the children, I do have one who is picky though and that makes healthy eating very challenging at times.

  50. I put lots of veggies in my spaghetti sauce, soups and stews. The boys grew up with it and never knew it. LOL Love the salads by the way.

  51. Peanut butter or cheese on veggies, throw fruits and spinach into smoothies, and bake finely chopped veggies into casseroles. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  52. I don’t have kids but I was awful with eating veg as a kid – I’m still awful with salad now I’m not sure why just really not a fan x

  53. Tami Vollenweider says:

    I would mix them in with other foods

  54. They like to dip veggie slices in peanut butter or ranch dressing.

  55. I love Whole Foods! I wish I had one in my area, but I guess the one like it (The Fresh Market) will suffice for now.

  56. My mom likes to blend the veggies together, instead if having them whole ๐Ÿ˜€

  57. WHat a great idea, using chicken tenders for a salad! Great tip! thanks for the giveaway:) I love veggies with ranch dressing:) I used to make my own dip as a kid (I thought I was so creative) of ketchup and mayo mixed together. Wasn’t as bad as it sounds…..lol

  58. That chef salad looks so yummy! I love whole foods! To get my son to each lots of veggies I just constantly give him lots of new things to try in lots of different ways to find what he likes.

  59. I’ve noticed that my boys who don’t like veggies have no problems drinking it in a smoothie so I usually do it that way. btw I love Whole Foods and shop there pretty often. My daughter is a vegetarian so most of her food is gotten from there. Good luck everyone!

  60. What a great giveaway to get kids eating right and thinking about following a healthier diet.

  61. I puree veggies and put them in sauces.

  62. I never had the problem having my kids liking Veggies and fruit.

    It takes some creativity tho.

  63. A great way is to plant a garden. They love to watch it grow, then pick it & eat it!

  64. We love Whole Foods. We were just there two days ago.

    I sneak fruits and vegetables into smoothies.

  65. I love Whole Foods but don’t have one close to us. I love serving fresh veggies and salads at every meal and try to keep as healthy as possible.

  66. When kids are able to help cook they seem to eat more too!

  67. my son will eat salad no problem, it’s pretty awesome. me on the other hand… not a fan.

  68. We put veggies in a yummy sauce to get them to get them to eat.

  69. Another good way to get them to eat veggies is to tell stories with the meal!

  70. My husband makes a delicious pasta sauce full of veggies and our granddaughter loves it!

  71. Get kids started on vegetable juice early

  72. That salad looks delicious! I don’t even know if there’s a Whole Foods around us (Cincinnati, OH). I need to check and see if there is!

  73. I don’t want to hide the food, they should know what they eat and learn that veggies and fruit can taste good. so i juice them or cut it up cutely into shapes.

  74. We make all kinds of smoothies! Including ones with veggie juice.
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  75. I add veggies to their fruit smoothies

  76. Fruit dipped in peanut butter always worked with my daughter

  77. The best way is to add the vegetables to another dish so they don’t know they are eating them.

  78. It’s such a thoughtful idea . Love this salad though.

  79. I love to disguise and also start with the veggies when they are really hungry!

  80. My mum mixes some boiled pasta and potatoes (our family favourite) in salads to make us eat this ๐Ÿ™‚

  81. Sacha Schroeder says:

    Luckily my kids love fruits and veggies but we like making smoothies!

  82. They need to put something on them like ranch dressing

  83. I like to add smashed veggies on meatloaf, meatballs, and spaguetti sauce,

  84. Veggie Pasta…hidden veggies

  85. Introduce them early and do not introduce a lot of junk. If they can subsist on junk they will. If you don’t have it around all the time, they take the good options.

    Also, I use V8 when I make chili, so it has more veggies in it. Anywhere you can slip in healthier options is great. ๐Ÿ™‚

  86. By cutting them up into a salad

  87. I put carrots and peas for example everyday foods such as pasta or meatloaf for dinner

  88. Jennifer Reed says:

    One way my family gets our children to eat more fruits and vegetables is to only offer these choices as in between meal snacks. We always struggled with kids not eating meals and wanting to fill up on unhealthy snacks prior to this rule. It works for our family and they eat alot of raw fruit and baby carrots which is great.

  89. We love Whole Foods at our house, and even my dog loves his veggies!

  90. I like to use veggies in casseroles, thanks!

  91. Gail Williams says:

    Put the veggies in smoothies or get the children involved in gardening and growing their own vegetables. They will be much more interested in better tasting home grown veggies.

  92. ellen casper says:

    Adding dips and sauces

  93. The kids eat more veggies when they are involved in the preparation like filling celery with cream cheese mixed with raisins, tearing the greens for salads, etc.

  94. My kids love our 7 layer salad! Plus I hide veggies in our spaghetti sauce.

  95. All I have to do is try to eat them and they want them.

  96. I like to give my kids lots of options. I make at least two different veggies every night, and the kids have to eat one. They can eat both, but have to at least eat one. I think giving them the power makes all the difference!

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  97. Mine likes to taste whatever we are eating, so lead by example!

  98. Wanda McHenry says:

    Cut them into cute shapes.

  99. My kids love mashed potatoes so I just make sure to throw in some other mashed veggies as well. Just one of the ways I get them to eat more veggies.

  100. I cut them into fun shapes ๐Ÿ™‚

  101. while both my children eat plenty of fruits and veggies now, when they were younger I used to be creative and cut them in fun shapes, and we’d make a game out of creating fun things/funny faces with the shapes before we ate them. I still do that with my 3 and 4 yr old grandsons.

  102. Melinda Stephens says:

    Smoothies are great for getting kids to eat veggies.

  103. smoothies for sure or homemade icecream, we made a beet ice cream once that was a hit! also frozen grapes are good!

  104. I have been really lucky. My 5 kids eat their vegetables with no problems. I however need to be eating more:) I like the idea of juicing and sneaking it kale and some other fun packed veggies.

  105. smoothies & egg scrambles done in a muffin pan works for me!

  106. mix it in with the things you know they love to eat.

  107. Tell them you will buy them a toy. Thank you, Jerri Davis

  108. Lisa Ehrman says:

    My son dips them in ketchup.

  109. Grow them! My kids will eat the veggies they grow themselves in the garden.

  110. Michelle Tucker says:

    Putting veggies, like zuchinni in breads and cakes. It’s amazing how good it tastes and kids will love it.

  111. Laura Ellington says:

    Smoothies work like a charm.

  112. Jennifer Patalsky says:

    I make or buy a really good dessert and then tell them if they at least eat half they get dessert. Usually they forget to only eat half and eat it all. Then I ask them how bad was it really and they say not too bad. LOL.

  113. Janice Cooper says:

    Chop vegetables up really small and mix them in food

  114. I’m pretty good at blending/shredding veggies (like carrots, zucchini, etc.) and mixing them in with treats like muffins or fruit bread.

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