364 days of the year, mom wears the Superman cape in the house. 364 days of the year, mom cooks, cleans, works, and thinks of you, for you are the center of her world. She feels a sense of responsibility for you, no matter what age you are. Your mom will always be your mom and will never forget that role in your life.
As the child of this relationship, you should always be kind to your mother, for she brought you into this world and cares for you each and every day. Even when she is not with you, I guarantee she is thinking of you and your needs, whether that involves buying your favorite yogurt at the grocery store and saving it for when you visit or picking up a shirt that she found on clearance just because she felt it was made for you.
No matter what age you are, your mama knows best. Every day of the year, she lives her life for you. One day of the year, it is your turn to cater to her! Of course, one day of the year could not ever equate to the love that she unconditionally shows each and every day for you, especially when you were the hardest to love in those rocky teenage years, when you were the crankiest individual on the planet.
This one day of the year is this Sunday, and the title “Mother’s Day” was most certainly earned. How can we show our Mamas some love? Spend time with them!
According to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), more than one-quarter of American adults will celebrate Mother’s Day by dining out, and nearly one in 10 will rely on restaurant takeout or delivery for their special Mother’s Day meal. That equals more than 80 million Americans eating out on Mother’s Day.
If you are taking your Mom out for mother’s day, use these four simple tips to keep her healthy and happy!
- It’s not necessarily about what you eat, it’s about how much you eat. More than likely, the culprit is portion size—so ask if a dish can be halved or check to see if a lunch portion is available.
- Say goodbye to Fried. In general, stick to grilled, baked, or steamed dishes over fried, and choose leaner proteins such as chicken, fish, or sirloin steak. Help your Mom stay on track with her health goals.
- Load up on the veggies. You will never fail if you have those veggies on your plate. They contain nutrients and fiber which helps to keep you full, energized, and avoid the feeling of that food coma!
- Save room for dessert, at home! Stock up your freezer with Yasso Frozen Yogurt Bars or Enlightened Low Fat Ice Cream Bars, which are a low fat, high protein treat we recommend to our patients to help satisfy that sweet tooth craving!
Your Mom will always tell you that the greatest gift you have ever given her is your existence. Give her an even greater gift: her health!
Michele Wroblewski, RDN
Caruso Physical Therapy and Nutrition, LLC
1278 Yardville Allentown Rd. Suite 3
Allentown, NJ 08501