Diet

Salads: colourful and delicious!

We all know that salads are the best way to introduce vegetables, cereals, cheeses, dried fruits and many more ingredients. That’s why we decided to give you new recipes!

How can you tame all these new tastes? All you need is a few tips, some imagination and playfulness.

Getting your hands dirty!

To overcome the difficulties that come with change, children can become botanical adventurers from your garden to your plate! To get started, you will need a glass container and chives to grow. And voila, your kids are already interested! Growing chives is appealing because everything can be eaten on this plant, even the flower! It impresses a lot of them!

Lending a hand!

It’s time to eat and kids love to cook. Why don’t you let your child prepare his own salad? A simple game can guide your child’s choices: ingredients can be distributed in bowls of different colors. For example, vegetables can be put in green bowls, legumes in yellow bowls, cereals in brown bowls and dried fruits in red bowls. The instruction is simple: pick at least one ingredient of each color.

Salads as balanced meals

For a salad to be complete, it must contain:

  • Lots of colourful vegetables (not just lettuce!);
  • A source of meat and alternatives;
  • Whole-grain cereals;
  • “Extras” that provide flavour and fun: fresh fruits, dried fruits, fresh cheese, etc.
Ideas…
  • Make a barley salad with chicken and cucumber. Add grated carrots, asparaguses, red grapes, shallots and chives with a maple dressing.
  • Pasta and edamame beans salad with broccoli, cabbage, mango red onion, chives and a red pepper dressing.
  • A quinoa salad with beans and red pepper, green apples, red onion and parsley with a creamy orange dressing.

Have fun with each crunchy veggie bite! We love these salads that rhyme with fresh vegetables, sunny fruits and colors!

By Nathalie Regimbal, RD. and Christine Gadonneix, RD.

Nathalie Regimbal

Nutritionnist

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 Mamanpourlavie.com, 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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