In April, spring is in the air and this month’s mood, vitality moves through the veins of all living things. Step outside your home, embrace the warmer weather, and find motivation to connect with your personal well-being. As the month begins, think about what revitalizes you and try to implement that into your daily routine. We all would benefit tenfold if we did at least one thing every day that brought us true joy. Manifest your new-found inspiration and take action to make changes in your life and community.
To breathe vitality into your meals this month, we recommend a few dishes from Bon Appetit and Food52. For a light lunch or appetizer, try Bon Appetit’s Chopped Spring Salad. It uses a variety of nutritious ingredients, all the while providing a fabulous dressing recipe that you will use in the months to come. Nigella Lawson’s Chicken and Pea Traybake has all the flavor with none of the mess. This sheet-pan dinner comes together quickly and is a great option for a healthy weeknight meal. Finally, try a new take on caramel with Food52’s Vegan Caramel. Use to top ice cream, lightly pipe on top of your favorite cookie, or drizzle it onto sliced apples for a fun snack!
April begins with April Fool’s Day. Have fun with the pranks you can pull on friends, family, or co-workers. Don’t be afraid to get creative! The 22nd marks Earth Day, a particularly meaningful holiday at this point in history. With global warming become more apparent by the year, we encourage you to educate yourself on environmental issues and reflect on what you can change in your daily life to help the earth: recycle, compost, use only cold water to wash clothes, turn off the water while brushing your teeth, and don’t turn on lights you do not need. The Earth’s vitality depends on us! April also marks the month of a slew of religious holidays where vitality is a central theme: the 9th marks Mahavir Jayantifor the Jains, sundown on the 20th begins Passover, Christians observe Easter on the 21st, and Orthodox Christians observe Easter on the 28th. Whatever holidays you celebrate this month, use your sense of vitality to breathe new life into everything you do!
Photo courtesy of: anders-jilden at unsplash