11 salads so tasty you’ll forget they’re healthy, too

We made it our mission to find eleven salad recipes that will impress even the most stubborn of tastebuds.

11  salads so tasty you’ll forget they’re healthy, too
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When you think of the word 'craving' your mind doesn't typically think of spinach, kale, and Brussels sprouts. Let's be real—it's more like chocolate ice cream, salt and vinegar potato chips, and Skittles. As tempting as those delicious treats are, our waistline seems to prefer healthier cravings. So we made it our mission to find eleven salad recipes that will impress even the most stubborn of tastebuds.

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1. Chopped Kale Greek Salad by Ali of Gimme Some Oven:

A fresh twist on an old classic dish.

2. Quinoa and Grape Chickpea Salad by Samantha of Fresh Plates Nutrition:

Ahh...tastes like summer. This refreshing salad is the perfect little side dish or lunch time meal.

3. BLT Bowl by Rosie of The Londoner:

Did you say bacon? We're in.


4. Strawberry, Avocado, and Kale Salad by Averie of Averie Cooks:

No wonder everyone's crazy about kale; Dr. Drew Ramsey says that a little over a cup has “14% of your daily calcium, 659% of daily vitamin A and more than 900% of your daily vitamin K!"

5. Brussels Sprouts, Cranberry, and Quinoa Salad by Ali of Gimme Some Oven:

Did you know raw Brussels sprouts are amazing? No? It's time to try this one immediately. You'll thank us.

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6. Kale, Lemon, and Parmesan Salad by Beth of Simply Health LLC:

Crisp, fresh, and SUPER addicting. Trust us.

7. Cucumber, Tomato, and Avocado Salad by Natasha of Natasha's Kitchen:

This summery salad is perfect year round in our [recipe] book.

8. Apple, White Cheddar, and Spinach Salad by Averie of Averie Cooks:

Hearty, salty, and crunchy.

9. Cranberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken by Jaclyn of Cooking Classy:

These are a few of our favorite things!

10. Skinny Chicken and Avocado Caesar Salad by Karina at Cafe Delites:

...because we can't live without a Caesar salad. This skinny option is a win-win.

11. Super Summer Detox Salad by Erin at Well Plated:

This delicious and protein/fiber packed salad does a body good. And it stays fresh in the fridge, so it's the perfect make-ahead-lunch.

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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

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If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

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Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

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Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

comforts baby lotion

Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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