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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
Applegate Black Forest Ham cut into strips
365 Medium Cheddar cut into strips
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:
Granny Smith Apple chopped
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!