Mother's Day is a special day to honor and appreciate all the mothers and mother figures in our lives. As a dietitian, I believe that the best way to celebrate my mom is to treat myself, and her, as healthy as possible. After all, I owe my focus on health to her! Celebrate the day with some tips for having a healthy Mother's Day. Mom, this one’s for you!
1. Start With a Healthy Breakfast
Begin the day with a nutritious breakfast that includes protein, fiber, and healthy fats. A few ideas include scrambled eggs with avocado and whole-grain toast, Greek yogurt with berries and granola, or a vegetable omelet with a side of fruit. If she decides that a mimosa is just her style this Mother’s day, this Dietitian won’t say a word. Mom worked hard and sacrificed a lot. Plus, at least it has orange juice!
2. Get Moving
Exercise is a great way to boost energy and mood. Plan a family hike, a bike ride, or a yoga session to get the blood flowing fit some pampering and sunshine in, and to enjoy quality time with loved ones.
3. Make it a Potluck
If you're hosting a Mother's Day meal, consider making it a potluck. This allows everyone to contribute a dish! If you’re the mom, make some requests! It’s your day, after all. And it ensures that there are plenty of healthy options available. Encourage dishes that are rich in vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.
4. Don't Overdo it on Alcohol
While it's okay to indulge in a drink or two, excessive alcohol consumption can lead to dehydration, impaired judgment, and other negative health effects. Plus it may affect glucose, confuse low glucose symptoms, and even raise blood pressure the next day. Stick to one or two drinks, and alternate with water or other non-alcoholic beverages.
5. Treat Yourself
While it's important to make healthy choices, it's also okay to indulge in a treat every once in a while. Consider making a healthier version of your favorite dessert, such as fruit sorbet, dark chocolate-covered strawberries, or a homemade fruit tart.
6. Take Time for Self-Care
Mother's Day is a great opportunity to practice self-care. Take some time to relax, whether it's by reading a book, taking a bath, or getting a massage in between or after the festivities.
7. Focus on Gratitude
Mother's Day is a great time to reflect on all the blessings in our lives. Sometimes our moms were not perfect, but we may not have been perfect kids either. Take some time to express gratitude for the people and experiences that bring you joy and make life meaningful.
Having a healthy Mother's Day doesn't mean sacrificing enjoyment or indulgence. You definitely don’t have to avoid the cake. Definitely eat the cake. But also prioritize wellness and self-care. And most importantly, have a happy and memorable celebration with your loved ones!