Countdown to Mother’s Day – #1

The other day I was surprised by the response to a question I posted on Facebook.  I asked “If time and money were no object, how would you most love to spend Mother’s Day?”  While I expected to hear dreams of relaxing massages and facials, extravagant trips, or even just 30 minutes of quiet alone time, those were not the responses I heard.  Instead, each mother who replied wished something for someone else – taking her own mother on a trip, traveling to visit her mother, or spending the day with her family.  While these selfless replies were so moving and inspiring to me, they also made me stop and think a bit about our tendencies as mothers.  So often we put everyone else’s needs first and often neglect ourselves in the process.

I truly believe that the human species would most likely go extinct if this weren’t our natural tendency!  However, you deserve to be taken care of too!  I know, you have so much to do, you couldn’t possibly take time out to pamper yourself.  But here’s the thing – sooner or later, if you put yourself on the back burner long enough, it’s going to catch up to you, and you won’t be much good to anyone when your body decides it’s had ENOUGH and puts you out of commission.  So, for the sake of your husband, children, and everyone else who is depending on you to be your best every day, you must do this!  And I’m going to help you.

Here’s the first in a series of 12 superfoods you should be eating regularly to enjoy internal health benefits as well as external rejuvenating properties, so you can feel AND look refreshed – just by eating!  I’ll also include some tips for getting your kids to enjoy these foods with you!

#1: YOGURT
I’m talking the plain, nonfat variety – not the super sugary (or worse, artificially sweetened or loaded with high-fructose corn syrup) varieties.  Sweeten it a little with some honey, pure maple syrup, or fresh/frozen fruit for a delicately sweet treat packed with protein, calcium, and active cultures for better digestion.

Benefits for Everyone
  • Strong bones and teeth
  • Intestinal health
  • Boosts immune function
  • Improves wound healing
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Regulates blood sugar levels
  • Improves heart, kidney, muscle function

BONUS Beautifying Benefits for Mom

  • Prevents weak, dry nails
  • Beats bloating 

*Serve yogurt sweetened as mentioned above for breakfast, lunch, or snack (use whole milk yogurt for babies younger than 2 years old).
*Plain unsweetened yogurt is great as a low-fat (or fat-free) substitute for mayo or sour cream
*Mix plain yogurt into creamy dressings (like ranch or blue cheese) to cut down on fat & calories

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