If you care about your family, it’s natural to want them to eat healthier so they’ll be around longer, but getting them to actually eat healthier a regular basis can be difficult. The palettes of so many people now days simply crave salt, sugar, fat and not much else. To make sure your family doesn’t turn out the same way and that they also get the vegetables and vitamins they need, here are some sneaky ways to get your family to eat more salad.
Have more veggies in the house
One of the easiest ways you can keep your family healthy is by simply having more fruits and vegetables in the house. If they see them, they’ll reach for them. And in each meal, try incorporating more fruits and vegetables. With breakfast, add fresh fruit to oatmeal or yogurt. For lunch, momswhothink macaroni salad gets extra bonus points, especially if they add extra amounts of vegetables (the same for chicken salad as well). You can also make a standard green leafy salad, but you can use tastier greens instead such as Swiss chard or Kale. And adding things such as roasted nuts and vinaigrette dressing will definitely make them more appetizing. You can also serve up raw veggies (with a dip) if your family isn’t too keen on cooked vegetables.
Hiding veggies into recipes
If your family still refuses to eat any salad, you can try incorporating/hiding vegetables into recipes they love, and they won’t even realize they’re there. If your family likes mashed potatoes, an easy way to make this healthier is by adding pureed cauliflower (they won’t even notice it’s there). You can also easily add chopped up zucchini to marinara sauce when making spaghetti, as well as in meat loaf, meatballs or in any dish that has a red sauce. You can also make a big pot of vegetable soup, and add fun pasta shapes to get your family to eat more veggies.
Don’t ever think it’s a lost cause when trying to get your family to eat more salad. All it takes is some creative thinking and a little planning.
My second marriage was a fall wedding. We were blessed with the perfect autumn breeze (though reportedly a little strong for those of us not wearing tuxes and concerned about their hair—which, may I add, extended to more than just the women!); sunshine, unseasonably warm temperatures and no rain, sleet or snow (I lived in the Midwest at the time—it could happen, trust me).
Who Needs All That Heat?
June weddings used to be all the rage (and apparently still are). But, at least in my tiny little part of the universe, there is a thing called ‘Indian Summer’…(please don’t bother sending ethnic complaints—that’s simply what we call it—the ‘Indian Summer Festival’, held at the Summerfest Grounds, doesn’t seem to have a problem with it, so neither should you). And it can be the perfect time for a wedding (especially when you consider the discounts that you might enjoy for deciding to enter into wedded bliss during a month that is not always considered desirable). Many areas in many regions in fact are actually blessed with lovely (or better) weather during the autumn months.
Of course your fall wedding invitations are going to include the obligatory dinner choice for your reception dinner (at least for those of your participants that are actually invited to the dinner). So will you offer one meat and one vegetarian choice or simply beef and/or chicken? Go organic if you must, but keep in mind that organic or ‘truly’ vegan meals are going to cost extra…in fact, sometimes a bundle! You’ll want to discuss all of these options with your caterer, planner, or just the friend that is putting your wedding together. And if you are lucky enough to have a friend that is capable and willing to do so, consider yourself fortunate! If it hadn’t been for all of our friends our wedding would have cost 4 times as much as it all ready did!
There are lots of organic choices that the fall harvest can bring to your reception table as well. Enjoy the fruits (and veggies) of labor by our nation’s farmers and the season by starting the rest of your lives together with a healthy meal for you and all your guests.