As you must know by all the cutesy stuffed animals and decadent chocolates overflowing in every supermarket, Valentine's Day is upon us. It's hard to believe this is my 10th year celebrating the holiday with my boyfriend-now-husband... and even crazier to think of how life has changed.
(Side note: If you're not in the mood for a sappy story... I give you permission to go ahead and skip ahead to the delicious recipe!)
Picture this. It’s a sweltering August day—the air stagnant with humidity—and your child comes zooming up to you with bright red cheeks, sweaty brow, and a few hungry neighbourhood kids trailing behind. It’s snack time. They’re famished. After all, the kids have been nonstop running and climbing trees for the past two hours. So you retreat to the freezer and retrieve your childhood favourite “Mr. Freezes.” The kids gladly accept the treats and are on their way again. Then no less than thirty minutes later, they’re back. They’re hungry. And, they’re grumpier than before. You glance up at and turn from the clock in defeat--how can there still be two hours before dinnertime?!
Does this scenario sound familiar? If so, keep reading. If not, still keep reading… there’s a delicious recipe headed your way! Here’s three reasons why you should make homemade popsicles today:
As a child, one of my favourite vegetables was asparagus. Asparagus, a cousin to garlic, is one of those strange-looking green (sometimes white or purple) vegetables that send many kids running. Why did I like it? Well, I think it’s partly because I doused the steamed, green spears in salt and butter. But it's probably also because every Spring I helped my mom and dad scour the ditches along the Iowa highways for wild asparagus. As I got older, I was not as willing to help with this task (sorry, mom!), but I secretly enjoyed the scavenger hunt and the winnings that came with it. Although I haven’t been able to forage these gems in the last few years, I still like to add asparagus to anything when it’s in season: pastas, frittatas, salads, and so on. (And I may even enjoy grilling it on occasion with bacon wrapped around it…)
Well, it is official… I’ve started running again. As of twelve hours ago. I have always tried to stay active whether that be achieving step goals on my FitBit or participating in group exercise classes. But the last time I consistently stayed with a running plan? Probably high school. Back then I ran in cross country to stay fit, but I’ll have to admit, it was mostly just a social sport. Since then running hasn’t been at the top of my list for favourite things to do. So why, you may ask, am I starting to run again? Well, first of all, I miss the sense of accomplishment I feel after pushing myself through a run. Secondly, spring is here (even though it snowed this week), and I will take any excuse to spend time outdoors. And finally, a friend and I have signed up for a 5k at the end of May, and frankly, we don’t want to take last place!
You may have already heard this, but it’s a good idea to include seafood and fish in your weekly menu — if you don’t do so already! Especially fish rich in the following omega-3 fatty acids: DHA (docosahexaeonic acid) and EPA (eicosapetaenoic acid). Research study upon research study have found that these omega fats play a significant role in protecting the heart and lowering risk of heart disease. Other studies have found that omega-3’s are critical in the development of a baby’s brain while in the womb. Moreover, some research has found that depressed patients may have low levels of DHA, and in some studies, these patients benefited from omega-3 supplementation reducing symptoms of depression.
That being said, how much fish should you be eating?
Hi! I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, imperfect wife, mama of two, registered dietitian, and independent Beautycounter consultant. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like! I'm so glad you're here.
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