Nourish Mom on Mother’s Day

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I think for most moms, a day of rest and nourishment would be a beautiful day. Having the kids (age dependant) make up a beautiful meal for her could be a way to nourish her on many levels.

Rather than make her up a batch of cookies, cakes or other, how about a super duper salad with some beautiful extras.

Start with a base of salad greens and then add on any or all of the below:

1. Choose from spinach, peppery arugula (also known as rocket), endive, mustardy watercress, chicory, and radicchio and super healthy greens of kale, chard and beet greens. Herbs–basil, cilantro, parsley or dill also can be torn and thrown into the mix.

2. A handful of nuts adds some crunch, minerals, and essential fats. Try almonds—whole or bashed, walnuts, pecans, brazil or pine nuts.

3. A staple to any veggie dish or salad is seeds. Toasted or plain, sunflower, pumpkin, and sesame are high in essential fats too. Try poppy seeds for a nice change as well.

4. For a sweetened bite, dried fruit adds minerals including iron. Choose from raisins, dried apricots, cranberries (look out for ones that are coated in sugar though) blueberries or cherries.

5. Summertime is all about berries and soft fruits.  Fresh from the market or your backyard, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries or blackberries are all a powerhouse in antioxidants and vitamin C. Other lovely additions are pear, apricot, plum, watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew.

6. A salad needn’t have leaves in it. Fresh vegetables can make up the bulk of any salad, mixed with rice, quinoa or noodles. Create a rainbow on your plate of red, yellow, orange or green peppers, green beans, peas, avocado, asparagus, red or spring onions, tomato, broccoli, mushrooms, cucumber, corn, cauliflower or carrots with or without green salad leaves.

7. Make your own croutons from whole grain Mary’s Sticks and Twigs crackers.  Packed full of seeds and taste, they add a nice crunch to the mix.

8. A sprinkling of your favourite cheese can make a salad.  Try blue, Stilton, feta, grilled halloumi, herb crusted goats cheese, fresh buffalo mozzarella or bocconcini.

9. Protein to round off and balance your meal of chicken, fish, quinoa, beans, hard boiled egg or cheese above.

10. And to top it all off, a lovely light dressing that compliments your creation. Here’s one that’s fast and easy to make, and stores well.

Simple Salad Dressing

3/4 cup (175 mL) olive oil

1/3 cup (75 mL) lemon juice or apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp (30 mL) maple syrup or honey

Salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients in a jar, shake well before using.  

Her socks will be knocked off, her belly full and her body nourished. That’s a great gift to give any mom.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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