Getting your child to eat their veggies can be a chore, but a new menu item coming to all schools in Chatham County this fall hopes to start the habit. Salad bars are rolling out in August. It’s included in the lunch price.
The students at Groves High School already enjoy the option. They’ve had a salad bar for a few years after a student won a grant. Now, every student in the district will be able to create their own plate.
“Just being able to have that option makes you really want to go and try it out. If you never ate vegetables before it makes you want to try it,” said Groves High School student Brandon Evans.
Groves High School student Brandon Evans said the salad bar is a great alternative for student athletes.
“I play baseball so on game days you want to eat but you don’t want to get too full. I can get a salad and it fills me up and won’t affect me negatively whenever I go play,” said Evans.
The salad bar is filled with fresh ingredients daily and students have their favorites.
“Cucumbers, sometimes we get jalapenos and chickpeas,” said Groves High School student Nadia George.
School Nutrition Program Director Lydia Martin said when students are exposed to greens at a young age it’s easier to develop healthy habits over a lifetime.
“The CDC shows that kids that have salad bars available to them in the school cafeteria not only pick up more vegetables, but consume three times more vegetables than the students who don’t have that salad bar,” said Martin.
The salad bar also creates new favorite foods for students.
“I even enjoy it when we don’t have Ranch dressing. When we have the other kind of dressing, which I had never tried before, I actually go home and eat it now,” said Evans.
Grants helped secure all of the new salad bars.