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Stress-Free Mother’s Day Activities

Stress-Free Mother’s Day Activities

As some of you know, I’m a mother of three. And as some of you can relate, I don’t get to spend as much time with my kids as I did when they were little. Our kitchen, fortunately, is a place where we can all connect and spend quality time together. I treasure the times we can cook and eat a family meal together.

I always appreciate being pampered on Mother’s Day, but the holiday is even more meaningful when we actively do things together, just like cooking. Spending time with my loved ones lowers my stress levels and makes me happier--and that means a boost for my immune system and overall health!

My favorite Mother’s Day activities to enjoy with the whole family include:

  • Making homemade brunch together, featuring my favorite foods like fermented chai low-carb granola and vegan bulletproof coffee. You can even bake some cookies for dessert while you’re at it. Cooking is so much more fun when you have sous chefs to help!

  • A walk or outdoor game in the park (or a hike, if everyone is feeling up for it). I also love the botanical gardens. Nature always has a way of putting things in perspective.

  • Working in the garden. Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to plant certain vegetables and flowers, and getting our hands in the soil means exposure to beneficial bacteria and sunshine for Vitamin D.

  • Connecting with the animal world, either by horseback riding, or visiting a farm or a nature preserve. In fact, there are studies that suggest spending time with animals can actually help you release stress.

  • Celebrating Mother’s Day a day early by visiting the farmer’s market on Saturday. The Kelowna Farmer’s Market in my neighborhood even has a Mother’s Day Festival planned. You can select spring produce and make a family meal together the next day.

At night, I like to take 10-20 minutes to meditate by myself and reflect on our adventures. Doing so reminds me how grateful I am for my family and gives me a chance to integrate the experiences. You can even journal about it or write a gratitude list.

These Mother’s Day activities are ways to spend a day everyone will enjoy. For more inspiration, head over to my Instagram account and see what fun things our family is up to on a daily basis.

5 Spring Vegetables to Brighten Your Plate

One of the most exciting things about the arrival of spring is the bounty of bright, colorful produce that crops up, fresh and ready for indulgence. Farmers markets reopen, a sure harbinger of the sunny months to come, and I happily return to perusing my local market and browsing the bright flowers, produce and spring vegetables in all their natural goodness.

The health benefits of eating in-season produce are undeniable, and seeking these items out is also an opportunity to support local businesses and farmers by specifically looking for what’s being grown and offered in your area.

What's in Season?

What’s particularly seasonal may vary from region to region, but here are 5 staple spring vegetables that I can’t wait to eat as we welcome spring.
 
Radishes
Radishes and their fantastic crunchiness are wonderful spring vegetables to use in a variety of ways. Chop them up and toss them into salads or slice them as an addition to my Essential Sauerkraut Recipe.
 
Asparagus
Fresh, thick spears of asparagus are delicious no matter how you prepare them. Roast them, steam them or even peel them into ribbons to make a shaved asparagus salad. The choice is yours!
 
Peas
The ever-versatile pea is back and ready to be sprinkled into rice or quinoa Buddha bowls for a burst of sweetness, or to be used as a side dish to your slow-cooked Easter lamb dishes.
 
Fennel
Part of the carrot family, fennel has a number of health benefits. Good for your gut, your heart and your body as a whole, fennel can be sliced into salads (with a bright dressing for some springtime color) or even chewed raw after lunch as a natural breath freshener.
 
Spinach
Whether you’re dressing it up as a side or sneaking it into recipes for some added health boosts, spinach is full of vitamins and minerals to get your body ready for an exciting, active spring ahead. Try it in place of or in addition to kale in my superfood-heavy Protein Packed Breakfast Shake.
 
What’s your favorite spring vegetable? Let me know in the comments below!