Your Go-To Guide for a Healthy Mother’s Day
With all that mothers do, it is a commonly shared notion that every day should be Mother’s Day. However, Sunday, May 14, 2017 is still the official day to take recognition for mom up a notch – and we have some great healthy ideas to make mom feel extra special.
Prepare a Healthy Brunch
As a kid, you might have made mom breakfast in bed. Now, you can still start mom’s day with a delicious brunch feast. Whole-wheat blueberry pancakes offer a healthy spin on a classic favorite. Loaded with antioxidant-rich blueberries and satiating protein, pancakes can even be frozen in small stacks to be enjoyed a second time. Mix 2 cups whole wheat flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, 1 cup unsweetened plain almond, soy, or rice milk, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, and 1 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries. Warm a skillet or griddle to medium heat, and pour batter. Cook for about 2 minutes or until golden brown, then flip. Serve with a side dish of yogurt and granola, along with fresh-squeezed orange juice.
If you’re celebrating over dinner, whip up these tasty Mother’s Day Macaroons for dessert.
Think “Green” Gifts
Instead of sending a generic bouquet of flowers that might only stay fresh for a few days, give mom an Earth-friendly gift that will last. Some ideas include a BPA-free reusable water bottle, seeds for planting her own herb or veggie garden, a cotton-wick, beeswax candle scented with essential oils (not harmful chemicals), or some indulgent, organic, fair trade dark chocolate to boost heart health (though this one might not last too long!)
Spoil Her with a Spa Day
Whether at home or at a salon, almost any mom will love being pampered. Studies have shown that massage is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Book her a session (or a few) with a pro, or if at home, offer mom a foot or head massage to stimulate blood flood and promote relaxation. Aromatherapy oils can elevate the experience. Next, paint her nails yourself or bring some non-toxic nail polish free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP to the salon. Conventional nail polish is one of the most toxic beauty products, so encourage her to swap out to healthier versions going forward if she hasn’t already.
Sharing an activity together not only provides bonding time, but also burns calories! Keep it simple with a walk in the park or on the beach (if accessible). Or, if mom is pretty active, try a yoga or dance class, or play a game of tennis. Gift certificates for future classes or rounds are always popular ways to keep the gift going even past Mother’s Day.