Fibre as a gift

A healthy diet should have its share of fibres to ensure the good functioning of our intestines. This is even more important during the holiday season!

Many children suffer from constipation during the holiday season. This is hardly surprising: during this period, our meal times are upside down and, let’s face it, it is much more fun for them to stay at the party and ignore it when nature calls! But it does not explain everything. Low-fibre and no-fibre foods are legion in our holiday menus and are often to blame: meat, poultry, dry-cure meats, cheese and white bread, as well as desserts, will be served at will. Finally, the usual fruit snacks will be replaced by grandma’s sugar pie or by chocolates and chips.

Eating fibres, staying hydrated, moving and responding promptly when nature calls are the secrets to avoid constipation during the holiday season.

  • Provide whole-grain bread.
  • Add dried cranberries and nuts to wheat flakes cereals.
  • Add whole flaxseeds and raspberries to vanilla yogurt.
  • Add a muffin made with oat bran and dates.
  • Suggest exploring and trying new fruits.
  • Prepare fruit skewers and yogurt dip.
  • Prepare a plate of raw vegetables and dip.
  • Provide side vegetables and vegetables and legumes salads.
  • For dessert, make a Holiday season fruit salad or soak dried and fresh fruits in dark chocolates and walnuts.
At any time
  • Drink water to quench your thirst.

And don’t forget to walk, dance, go skiing and play games that make you move… your intestines!

Nathalie Regimbal

Nathalie Regimbal is a dietician-nutritionist and mother of 3 kids. She oversees Manger Futé, a team of people passionate about diet that empowers those who want to feed children healthily. To demystify nutrition and diet, Nathalie gives advice on the show La Cantine on Channel V. In addition to her collaboration with, you can read her articles in several print and online magazines. Among others, she is a collaborator in nutrition for Yoopa and Célébrons magazines. To make meal time easier for families and initiate kids to cooking, Nathalie has worked hard to write inspiring books: the best-seller Du plaisir à bien manger… 80 recettes gagnantes pour les familles, and the Mandoline series of illustrated cook books for children, the latest one having just won the prestigious prize of the best French Healthy cooking book from the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2010. To help with meal preparation in daycare centres, the team of dieticians at Manger Futé offers classes and coaching. Manger Futé has also published the practical guides Élaborez rapidement un menu équilibré dans votre service de garde and Élaborez rapidement une politique alimentaire. Discover Nathalie Regimbal's books: Du plaisir à bien manger – 80 recettes gagnantes pour les familles Mandoline – J’ai ça dans le sang! Mandoline – Développe tes défenses naturelles!

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