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America – It’s Time to Eat a Salad Every Day

By Nona Evans, February 27, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Nona Evans

I know the original saying is “an apple a day” but we’ve learned so much about how easy it is to nourish our bodies with leafy greens and a rainbow of colorful fruits and veggies.

To raise awareness about what a nutritional powerhouse salads can be, Whole Kids Foundation® is kicking off a campaign called Salad Bar Nation to challenge America to eat a salad every day. Each week we’ll feature a delicious salad recipe on our website SaladBarNation.com. We’ll also make it possible for kids to eat a salad every day at school by raising $5,000,000 to fund 2,000 more salad bars in 2013. Want to help us reach our goal? Every little bit counts! You can donate online, or even via text message  -- it’s so easy to help kids get the fruits and veggies they need.

Whole Food Market, our founder, has been committed to improving children’s nutrition by offering salad bar grants to schools since 2010, when they joined with three other partners to form Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools. To date, more than 2,200 salad bars have been provided to schools across America.

We know from a study by the Centers for Disease Control that when children have a salad bar at school they eat three times the veggies and fruit than children without a salad bar. Why? Many reasons -- one of which is the power of choice. Kids choose from a healthy selection of items. They see their friends taking something new or different and they try something new.

It’s said that you have to present a child with a new food 12-25 times before they’ll try it (or grow to love it).  Well, there are 175 days every school year, and what we see every day is that when you give kids good choices, they make good choices!

Salads are just as good for us big kids, too! Do you have a favorite salad recipe to share? We’d love for you to find one on our Salad Bar Nation board and repin it or use the #SaladBarNation tag and pin other great salad recipes.

Whether you turn your countertop into a salad bar, visit a local restaurant or the salad bar at Whole Foods Market — aim to eat a salad every day! And if you want, slice that “apple a day” up and serve it with pecans over a bed of fresh spinach.

Here’s to a Salad Bar Nation! Share some of your favorite salads in the comments below.





Khevana says ...
It's quite refreshing to see more nutritional options in the cafeteria as opposed to what I or many of my peers may have seen even just a decade ago. What a fantastic challenge!
02/27/2013 5:09:34 PM CST
Paul W. Yeager says ...
Lets do this people!!!!!
02/27/2013 6:15:38 PM CST
Troy says ...
My kids are lucky to have a salad bar at their school and I know they're eating more fruits and veggies because of it. To be honest, I was skeptical that they'd take advantage of the availability of healthier choices, but they've proven me wrong! And by they way, these are TEENAGERS...pizza-loving teens. Hope springs eternal.
02/27/2013 7:11:44 PM CST
Brad Mays says ...
Congrats on the launch, Nona. Looking forward to eating more salads and continued partnership.
02/27/2013 9:15:38 PM CST
ivy alves says ...
i love the idea of a salad bar in school for the kids i believe the schools in rhode island are in need of this as well as the schools in maine and massachusettes i hope you can get this done because my kids deserve a healthy future
02/27/2013 11:15:03 PM CST
Danelle says ...
This is great besides send money seems lately everyone asks that what else can we do
02/28/2013 9:04:22 AM CST
mod*mom says ...
HealthStartsHere breads and Engine2 tortillas should be there too :) YUM
02/28/2013 1:20:23 PM CST
Sassy says ...
I have been eating a salad with olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice dressing for lunch every day for the past twenty-five years. I look much younger than my age. I feel great. I enjoy every salad as if it were the first one I ever had.
02/28/2013 6:40:55 PM CST
joebob says ...
02/28/2013 10:46:40 PM CST
Brandi Burnette says ...
Help we need a salad bar at Indian land elementary!! Indian land, s.c.
03/09/2013 7:27:04 PM CST
Teara says ...
How can I find out if a school has a salad in school choice decision making?
03/10/2013 12:57:27 PM CDT
amber says ...
This is great!!!!! What is the process for a school to obtain a salad bar in their lunch program? How are they chosen?
03/10/2013 8:43:32 PM CDT
Laura says ...
Will be interesting to see how much stuff is thrown away...they put different fruits and vegetables in the school lunches...a very good majority get thrown away and wasted. My mom is a teacher, she brings home apples every week the school lunch ladies save for her, and uses them to bake with. Parents need to start early teaching their kids to love fruit and vegetables. If all they eat at home is junk, what do you think they're going to want to eat at school?
03/11/2013 9:57:36 AM CDT
Amy says ...
My daughter wrote a grant and is now raising hydroponic veggies at her school to supplement the salad bar! Couldn't be prouder~
03/13/2013 8:46:41 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@AMBER & @TEARA - You can search for the schools with salad bars and for application details on their website at http://saladbars2schools.org/.
03/14/2013 4:35:05 PM CDT
Kara says ...
Love the idea. Make it to Lexington Middle School in Fort Myers Florida!
04/04/2013 8:50:44 AM CDT
Natalie Parker says ...
We need this in Hanover County Schools, Virginia - particurlary at Kersey Creek Elementary!
05/07/2013 3:09:53 PM CDT