Food and Drink

Salad For Dinner: Our New Family Commitment

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Growing up, my family always had a salad on the table with every dinner. Always. Every dinner. It wasn’t fancy mind you. In fact, it was the same exact salad for 20+ years.

Over the weekend, during my “I need to adjust my life” crisis, I thought that I have to start taking small steps in the food department as well. On Monday, when I returned from my spa weekend trip with my friends (more on that in a bit), I told my kids that starting on Tuesday we would all begin eating salad for dinner every meal.

They laughed.

They snickered.

They didn’t believe me.

I told them that THIS WAS HAPPENING!!! I gave them 24 hours to process it all. The only salad they eat is from Benihana and they pretty much eat everything but the leaves. I know they are only babies but good eating habits have to start somewhere, right?

So last night, as promised, I gave each of the kids a small side bowl of salad. I am not going to lie here. There was some protest!! But we did it. We ate some salad with our meal. And I felt so accomplished!! Did they eat it with a smile? NO! But they ate it. So – I’m still taking it as a win.

We are going to keep going at it. I think this change is going to mark a huge turning point for our health as a whole. And whether or not they realize it, it’s for the best!

Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.