There are few better ways to show mom how much you care than breakfast in bed. That tray of goodies—perhaps pancakes with sausage or Eggs Benedict—sure tastes great, but may not be too nice for her health, though.
New research found that a meat-free diet can cut risk for heart disease by 32 percent, so the two vegan recipes below from The China Study Cookbook, will keep mom’s heart happy, too. By the way, all of the dishes in the book are not only vegetarian, but vegan!
Scrumptious Apple-Filled Turnovers
- 3½–4 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
- 1 tablespoon Sucanat
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 2½ teaspoons instant (fast rise) yeast
- 1½ cups warm water
- 3 cups apples, diced finely
- ½ cup walnuts, chopped
- ¾ cup raisins
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- Mix all the turnover ingredients together in a bowl. Knead with your hands for 8–10 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Separate into 8 balls; cover, and let rise for 40 minutes.
- Once turnovers are covered, prepare filling by mixing all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
- After 40 minutes, roll out each ball to a diameter of about 3 inches. Place one heaping tablespoon of filling into the center. For each turnover, fold the edges together to form a half moon. Pinch the edges together with a fork so there are no openings.
- Preheat oven to 425˚F.
- Let your turnovers rise on the counter for 15 minutes, then place turnovers on nonstick baking sheet.
- Bake at 425˚F for 20–25 minutes.
Even though Mother’s Day has passed, we couldn’t help but continue spreading the love. After all, they watch over us for years, even after we’ve grown and left the nest! So for those of you looking for a little more inspiration, whether you’re remembering your mom, spending the day with her, or a mom yourself, download any of these songs for an instant boost of mom mojo.
- “Simple Man,” Lynyrd Skynyrd
- “Mama’s Song,” Carrie Underwood
- “Daughters,” John Mayer
- “You’ll Be In My Heart,” Phil Collins
- “Hey Mama,” Kanye West
- “The Perfect Fan,” Backstreet Boys
- “My Wish,” Rascal Flatts
- “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” Guns N’ Roses
- “I’ll Always Love My Mama,” The Intruders
- “Don’t Forget to Remember Me,” Carrie Underwood
Now tell us: How did you celebrate Mother’s Day?
Whether you’re hosting a big family brunch or just gabbing with mom, why not celebrate her with a little imbibing? These low-cal and gourmet drink recipes, thanks to Patrón Spirits, sound delicious, don’t you think…?
The Good Wife - Low-Calorie
- 2 ounces Patrón Silver
- 1/2 ounces Ginger simple syrup
- 1/2 ounces Lime juice
- Seltzer or mineral water
- 3 to 4 mint leaves
- 2 to 3 peeled fresh cucumber rounds, skins removed
In a highball or collins glass, muddle cucumber, lime juice, and mint. Add Patrón Silver and fill with ice. Cover with seltzer and stir well. Garnish with a mint sprig and cucumber rounds.
Mother’s Little Helper – Low-Calorie
- 1 3/4 ounces Patrón Silver
- 1/4 ounces Elderflower liqueur
- 3/4 ounces Fresh lime juice
- 3 slices Cucumber
- 2 whole fresh sage leaves
- Ginger ale
Smack sage to open up aromas. Tear in two and muddle well with cucumber and elderflower liqueur. In a mixing glass, add remaining ingredients and ice. Shake and strain over ice in a highball glass. Top with ginger ale. Garnish with cucumber and sage leaf.
I Said So Martini – Gourmet
- 2 ounces Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa
- 0.5 ounces Amaretto Liqueur
- 1 ounces Cream
- Almond shavings for garnish
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with almond shavings.
Sealed with an XO – Gourmet
- 3 ounces Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa
- 1 ounces. Espresso
- 1 large scoop coffee-flavored gelato
- Coffee grinds for garnish
Blend all ingredients in a blender and pour into a hurricane-style glass. Garnish with coffee grinds.
For more drink recipes and ideas, visit patronspirits.com.
After having her first child, Nicole Sullivan struggled with her weight to the point that it was “torture,” she says. So when she was a few months away from giving birth to her second, Sullivan made herself a pact: “I was not going to spend the first year-and-a-half (or more) of my child’s life hating myself.”
She decided to call Jenny Craig to help get her pre-baby body back and to teach her how to find a healthier lifestyle. Thirty-five pounds later, the actress who most recently appeared on Cougartown, has discovered her inner athlete. She even crossed the finish line at the MORE/FITNESS Half-Marathon last month!
Just in time for Mother’s Day, we caught up with the funny mom for her top five tips about shaping up and setting a fit example for your kids.
- Don’t let the haters get you down. “L.A. is a great city, but it can be cruel if you’re overweight. I learned that my body will never be like Jessica Biel’s body…or even close! My only obligation is to be the best me I can be. For many actresses, they strive for (and achieve) being a size 0. For me, a size 4 means I’m rockin’ it. It’s all about making realistic goals.”
- Run your town. “The other day we were driving by a park filled with joggers, and my oldest son said, ‘Mom, you should go jogging here. You’d love it!’ How cute! My sons will never know the mom who didn’t run, who didn’t take walks or who didn’t compete in 10Ks and half-marathons. That’s a great lesson, I hope. Activity will always be in our lives. Before I lost weight, it almost never was.”
- Find some motivation. “The people on The Biggest Loser absolutely inspire me. If they can work out for four hours carrying around all that weight, certainly I can jump on the treadmill for 45 minutes. And I love that Reese Witherspoon still jogged even after she got hit by a car. That would have sent me back to my couch. But not her. Plus, she’s adorable and has great calves!”
- Crank up the cardio. “Once I lost the weight I did something I never thought I would do. I started jogging! I hated jogging. I hated joggers. I thought the whole thing was silly and cruel. But part of me always wanted to be the person that said, ‘Bye guys—I’m going out for a jog.’ So I started with 20 seconds at first, then a minute, then five minutes, then a mile. Last year I ran my first half-marathon and now I’m training for my fourth half-marathon this July. It’s crazy!”
- Start the day (and snack) smart. “I love my Jenny food. Their breakfasts are so good and so filling and I’m a big breakfast eater! My favorite is their egg breakfast sandwich. During the day, I grab Jenny cheese popcorn or mustard pretzel sticks and bring them in the car with me. They’re yummy and guilt free! Also, sugar-free Jello is good way to handle a sweet craving (I usually have 2).”
Moms tell us: How do you stay fit and how have you started your kids on the same healthy path?
Although softball was dropped from the participating sports in this year’s summer Olympics, Jessica Mendoza knows her way around the Olympic podium. The 31-year-old softball pro is a four-time First Team All-American and two-time Olympic medalist: capturing the gold and silver in Athens and Beijing, respectively.
Despite her many accomplishments on the field, her proudest moment has nothing to do with being an outfield pro, and everything to do with being a mom. Mother to Caleb, 2, Mendoza shared her secrets for balancing hectic schedules and how it feels to look in the stands and see her family cheering.
Between your athletic career, working for ESPN as an analyst and participating in multiple charities, you are one busy woman! What’s it like to juggle so many things with being a full-time mom?
It is crazy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s about giving your all to the moment you are in and not worrying about what you’re missing or how much time you have until the next thing you have to do. Being present is a very important skill to have.
How do you fit it all in and still keep your sanity?
Honestly, most days you don’t fit it all in, and I have to be okay with that. This week I am in Rwanda with The Girl Effect, trying to make a difference in girls’ lives, but I am missing my family and training. When I get home, I’ll be with my family but away from my ESPN career for a bit. It’s more about giving everything you have for the time you are doing it. I know that every day I wake up is a chance to do something special, whether that be with my family, career or the world.
What do you think your status as an athlete and your experience as an Olympian means to your son?
I think he is learning more about it all the time. I love that he will grow up respecting how strong and amazing women are, and what his mom does. My favorite moments as an athlete now are looking over at him in the stands with his two-year-old Mendoza jersey on his back, smiling up at me.
In our May issue, actress Cheryl Hines, spokesperson for Go Red for Women and a star of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, shared some of the best health advice she’s gotten from her mom, Rosemary Harbolt. Her mom’s healthy wisdom: “If you’re stressed, take a deep breath and let it go.” Good advice! (We fact checked it: Mindful breathing helps people gain a healthier perspective on repetitive negative thoughts, a recent study found.)
Cheryl is a fit-minded lady we love because health is a topic close to her heart. After her father suffered a massive heart attack, Cheryl has been building a more heart-healthy lifestyle for herself and her daughter, and making it her personal mission to spread the word that heart disease is the number one killer of women in America.
We think Mother’s Day is the perfect time to join Cheryl in getting the message out to all the amazing moms and women we know. Click here to Tell 5 Friends how they can fight heart disease.
And visit the Go Red for Women Facebook page, where you can Tell Mom “Thanks” with a free Mother’s Day card through their sponsor, Macy’s.
Tell us: What health advice has your mom shared with you?