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Treat Mom to a Healthy Day


This year, let’s do Mother’s Day the healthy way. We love delicious, leisurely brunches just as much as the next person, but how did long lines and too many pancakes become the best way to honor all that mom does? Why not show mom you love her by treating her to a healthy outing, instead? No matter where you live, there are plenty of active activities that will get your blood pumping while you spend quality time with the woman who always remembered to cut the crusts off your PB&J. (Or, if you’re a mom yourself, suggest that your kids take you out for one of these fun and healthy events this Sunday.)

Kayak or Canoe If the weather cooperates, seek out the nearest body of water and rent a two-person kayak or canoe. Gliding down a river or through a lake as you admire the great outdoors will be so enjoyable you won’t even notice that you’re exercising your arm muscles and core. You’ll burn over 200 calories in under 30 minutes with this fun warm-weather activity. Plus, there’s no better place to talk about life and love and dreams than out on the quiet water.

Fitness Class Between TRX, barre, Zumba, hula hooping, SoulCycle and others, there’s probably a fitness trend that has caught your eye. Indulge your curiosity and try something new together this Mother’s Day. Grab mom, pick out a class she’s always wanted to try and head out for a morning workout. If you’re not into paying for a class, try an at-home video like this 17-Minute Barre Workout or the 20-Minute Fat Blaster, instead. After you get your sweat on, whip up a batch of smoothies to reward yourself and spend some time laughing about those crazy Zumba moves.

Bike Ride Hop on two wheels and spend an afternoon looping through your local bike trail together. Even on a leisurely ride, you’ll still burn major calories without even realizing. In just 30 minutes riding casually, you can burn almost 200 calories. Pick a scenic trail for maximum enjoyment.

Park Your local park is a great place to spend an afternoon and is especially fun with the family. Challenge your family to a basketball game or see who can swing the highest. You’re all sure to feel like kids again as you work your way across the monkey bars. Make a whole day of it by packing a healthy picnic!

Hike Break out your hiking shoes and water bottle and hit a trail in the woods together. Hike up hills and over uneven terrain to challenge yourself, or find an easy trail where you can work to spot wildlife or identify birds. Thirty minutes on the trail with hills will burn up to 170 calories. Pack some homemade, no-bake protein bars for a mid-hike break to enjoy your surroundings and your company, of course.

Golf Skip the golf cart and carry your own clubs for an extra challenge at the golf course. Walking from hole to hole is a great workout for your legs, and you’ll have plenty of time to catch up on life events as you stroll together. If your long game is a little rusty, head to the driving range for an afternoon in the sun competing to see who can make the ball fly farthest. After exerting so much energy, you’ll enjoy that lunch at the club even more.

Run Many cities host Mother’s Day races, so check your local events guide to see if you can sign up together. If you’re not in prime racing form, why not make Mother’s Day the first day of training? Pick from one of the many exciting or wacky 5Ks out there and draw up a training schedule. Not only will you be building up your endurance and fitness levels, but at the end you get to share another special day with one another. Don’t know where to start? Try one of these flexible 5K training plans.

Garden Sounds leisurely, but any real gardener will tell you that working in the yard can be a full-body workout. Between squatting, raking and digging, a typical day of gardening will challenge all your muscle groups. Plus, the end result will yield beautiful plants and vegetables that mom can enjoy all year round. Get some ideas for gardening in the city, easy vegetables to plant and more in our Gardening Guide.
Posted 5/5/2015  12:00:00 AM By: Alicia Capetillo : 5 comments   8,960 views
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Make Brunch Better, with These Recipes


Spring gardens are in full bloom and the beauty of the season is reaching its peak. It's as if the gardens themselves are working overtime for Mother's Day, celebrating the proverbial "busy bees" in our lives, our moms.

Mother's Day brunch is a tradition for many families, but it often includes endless buffet tables chock-full of high fat, salt saturated, and sugar laden dishes. The high price tag of these "all you can eat affairs" wreak havoc on our common sense, leading us to rationalize eating more than we our stomachs are designed to hold. We enjoy the company of our loved ones, yes, but do we welcome the bathroom scale the following morning?

Give Mom the gift of love through a healthy and fun meal. I've gathered our best brunch recipes for you to enjoy. Many of these are from our Chef Meg. Her gourmet recipes are simple to prepare and don't require an endless list of ingredients, highlighting spring fruits and vegetables. They are perfect for dads and children to prepare together too, making the cooking as fun as the eating, if not more.  Here are some other ideas to make this Mother's Day memorable: visit your local farmer's market; create a customized playlist with songs that celebrate memories with Mom; pick some fresh flowers from the garden; and adorn the table with china. Most importantly, don't forget to clean up the kitchen so Mom can spend the evening basking in the love of her loved ones.  
Posted 5/3/2013  6:00:00 AM By: Samantha Donohue : 11 comments   32,796 views
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A Delightful Brunch Menu for the Mom in Your Life


Still trying to decide what to get Mom for Mother's Day? How about a delicious home-cooked brunch?
 
Just in time for mom's big day, we've launched our first FREE e-book, "Light and Easy Mother's Day Brunch Recipes from SparkPeople," which gives you a sneak peek into "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight."

Written by SparkPeople’s very own healthy cooking expert, Chef Meg, this e-book contains 3 sweet and 3 savory dishes that are perfect for Mother's Day brunch, including:
  • Skinny Eggs Florentine
  • Light Lemon Sauce
  • Spring Cupcakes with Citrus Icing
These simple, healthy recipes are perfect for any morning meal--no special occasion needed. But we’re sure that mom will be delighted if you treat her to these recipes on Mother’s Day.



To download the full recipes or preview "Light and Easy Mother's Day Brunch Recipes from SparkPeople" for FREE, click here (and scroll down to choose the file type you prefer).

If you don't have an e-reader, such as a Kindle or NOOK, you can still read these e-books. Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble offer free downloads of their e-reader apps for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices. 
Posted 5/9/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 1 comments   9,157 views
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Share Your Memories of Cooking with Mom


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For years my mother was a police officer and then a police dispatcher. She worked swing shift, doubles, whatever she had to do to provide for her kids.

The Thanksgiving when I was 16, she was scheduled to work until 6 a.m. She planned to come home, sleep for a few hours and start dinner. She had recently separated from her husband and was working extra shifts to make a good life for my sisters, brother and me. My mom came home that morning and told us to make sure she was awake by 10 a.m. so she could start the turkey. There were bags under her eyes, and it was clear that she was exhausted.

My 14-year-old sister and I decided we weren't going to wake her. We enlisted our little brother and sister, then 4 and 6, and the four of us made the entire meal. We'd been helping her for so many years that, though the dishes didn't have mom's magic touch, we knew exactly what to do.

My mom awoke with a start a few hours later. She bounded into the kitchen, apologizing for oversleeping. Then she looked around and saw that we had started--and nearly finished--cooking without her. She cried, we cried, and that was the best Thanksgiving we ever had, just the five of us.

Some of my earliest memories are of being in the kitchen with my mother. Making that and every Thanksgiving dinner together, sorting through dog-eared family recipes, baking dozens of cookies each Christmas, cooking was how we bonded. My mom taught me how to separate eggs, why you should never slam the oven door when baking a soufflé, and how to make the flakiest pie crust you'll ever taste.

As a child, cooking seemed commonplace, never difficult or time-consuming. My mom brought us into the kitchen, let us help her make dinner, and assigned us tasks to occupy us and ease her workload. Before I could reach the counter, I loved grating carrots, stirring cookie dough, and shaking salad dressing.

By the time I was a preteen, Mom was working full time and putting herself through the police academy. I helped with dinner more often, even if that meant grilled cheese and tomato soup.

It wasn't until high school and later college that I realized what a gift she had given me. I had friends in college who didn't know how to boil water for pasta. Do you add the pasta first? How much water? How long does it cook?

When I moved into my first apartment, I started hosting dinner parties, first just lasagna and simple comfort foods, but later roast chicken and risotto with butternut squash, quite a fancy meal for a college student on a budget.  

Today, I make a living writing about food (and healthy living). Teaching me to cook was the best gift my mother could give me, just as her mother gave her.

This week, I want you to share your stories about cooking with your own mom. And, as way to say thanks to moms everywhere, we're giving away six copies of "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight."
Posted 5/2/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 51 comments   10,086 views
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Free E-Book: Mother's Day Brunch Recipes


Take a peek inside "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight," with this FREE e-book, "Light and Easy Mother's Day Brunch Recipes from SparkPeople" written by Chef Meg. Get 3 sweet and 3 savory dishes that are perfect for Mother's Day brunch, plus a brand-new intro from Chef Meg!
Posted 4/30/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 4 comments   12,877 views
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Our Best Mother's Day Meal Ideas


After polling all my brothers and sister (there are six of us), no one remember any pomp and circumstances for our lovely mom to celebrate Mother's Day. No big presents, no buffets at a hotel, and at my mom's request absolutely no corsages for her Sunday dress. My mom was the hand-drawn picture on construction paper, simple but nice meal around our kitchen table using the good china to celebrate the day, and cut flowers from the garden placed in an elegant vase, kind of mom. What we remember about her day was a walk on the farm that ended in the garden picking the first of the season ripe red strawberries out of the spring earth and fresh green asparagus reaching for the sun. Dinner was a spring influenced menu with asparagus and small meringues (see my recipe below) topped with loads of sliced strawberries. My mother has passed away, but life is such a circle.

I am sure a trip to the farm to pick berries and asparagus will be on our agenda too this Mother's Day, just like it was so many years ago.

Asparagus with Citrus Vinaigrette
vinaigrette
1 orange zested and juiced, need 2 tablespoons of juice
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Place the juice and vinegar in a bowl. Add the oil in a steady stream as you whisk or mix using an immersion blender. Stir in the zest.

Asparagus
1 orange, segmented
2 bunches asparagus, steamed

Place the asparagus and segmented oranges onto a platter.
Pour vinaigrette over mixture.

Serves 4: 165 calories, 13 g fat

Keep reading to get recipes for meringues, plus several other spring recipes that you could serve on Mother's Day--or, better yet, that your family can make for you!

Posted 5/2/2011  6:00:00 PM By: Meg Galvin : 14 comments   10,382 views
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