Salads really are a working mum’s best friend! I know so many mums whose kids won’t eat fresh vegetables, but I’ve been giving my kids this kind of dinner since they were little, and they love the different colours on the plate, and I’ve never had a problem with them not eating their veggies.
The key is to always offer kids a variety of fresh vegetables. Don’t pester them about eating it all. Instead, talk about all the pretty colours. Eat together and say how yummy the avocado is etc. They many not eat it all immediately, but over time, you’ll be surprised how they develop a taste for fresh foods. If you don’t offer it, they can’t eat it. If you offer it, they have the choice to eat healthy. Simple.
I always consider that I need to offer a carb of some sort, protein of some sort, and vegetables. The photos above are an example of the types of salads I throw together.
Let’s start by talking about carbs. I have wholemeal pasta in one, soba noodles in the other, and my favourite barley in another. Others to consider include beans and brown rice. I like to mix it up, so we don’t get bored.
Protein. I know that I feel sluggish if I don’t eat enough protein. Growing bodies need protein, as do… um… aging mums! Basically, think meats. Eggs are my favourite as you can boil a whole lot, use some on the day, then pop them in the fridge for the next few days to use in lunches etc. I love salmon too because this can be easily baked in the oven with no fuss and no washing up!
Veggies. Veggies are great because you can buy up big at the grocers and then leave them in the fridge to use through the week. If you’re really keen to time-save, you can cut them up on the weekend and have them ready to use through the week. My favourites include: lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrot, broccoli (raw), mushrooms and avocado.
Yummy extras. My kids and I are totally in love with pomegranates. They are the prettiest dark pink colour and they taste sweet. I throw them over salads. I like telling the kids that they have been eaten since the beginning of time – since the garden of Eden. We aren’t religious, but I’m sure I read somewhere that they were eaten way back when… The other thing we love in salads is bocconcini: soft, cheesy, creamy balls of deliciousness. You can throw in any other cheese really. Persian feta is another one you should try.
Salad dressing: My kids aren’t fans of salad dressing. I usually pour a little Apple Cider Vinegar over mine as I find it refreshing, it has health benefits, and can help you lose weight, apparently!
School lunches. You’ll notice the image in the top right is a salad in a lunch box. I make these ahead of time and bring them to work. They have two sections, one with the salad you can see, and another smaller one sits on top, where I put barley. At work, I add them together. So delicious and healthy!
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