As the colder seasons wind down and summer preparations begin, this is a perfect moment to take a step back and inhale. With your own revitalization that blossoms in the spring, use this newfound energy to become more conscious of those who are less fortunate in your community and around the world. Make an impact by introducing sustainable practices into your everyday life. This can be a small act like switching over to reusable straws or it can be something greater like volunteering.
Just as spring cleaning can breathe energy into your everyday life, so can trying new recipes! To start, we recommend Bon Appetit’s Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Walnut Dressing. These potatoes are the perfect way to mix up a normal side dish using walnuts, tender herbs and sour cream. If you want to add a personal touch to this recipe, basil is a great herb to add to your garden in the late spring! You can learn more about growing herbs here. For a healthy lunch or light dinner, try Food 52’s Curried Chickpea Sandwich. In 15 minutes, you can throw together a nutritious take on a classic sandwich with fresh ingredients like celery, greens and tomatoes. If you have a sweet tooth or just want a little something to end a meal on a lighter note, consider making Food 52’s Salted Chocolate Buckwheat Cookie. With only seven ingredients, these cookies can be whipped up in no time!
Two major holidays take place in May: Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. On May 12, be sure to remember all of the mothers in your life: your own mother, mother-in-law, aunts, cousins, friends and daughters. While gifts, flowers and breakfast in bed show the mothers in your life how much you care about them, write a thank-you note or simply call them to tell them how much they mean to you. After all, that’s all they really want – to be thanked and feel loved! May 27 marks Memorial Day, the time when we reflect on those who have died for our country. To fully embrace the meaning of the day, consider viewing this old 60 Minutes clip that challenges our perceptions and encourages us to prevent war rather than just remember it.
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