Let's Get Cooking!

Summer might just be the perfect time to explore new foods, new restaurants and new recipes! With all that extra time (and rain and humidity keeping us indoors), it allows us the opportunity to be adventurous and fearless chefs! But wait! We aren't suggesting parents be the ones in the kitchen (you're not? thank goodness!). This post is for our tween and teen friends out there.

First, check out Instacart! This easy-to-use app and website lets the groceries come to you. So, if mom or dad can't make a run to the grocery story, you can shop online for a quick delivery to your door. (Remember to ALWAYS get permission from mom and dad first!) Another great thing about Instacart is that you can look up recipes through the app or website and then put the ingredients needed in your cart right then and there. Easy as pie!....mmmmm...pie! :) Also check out this site for recipe inspiration. 

Second, there's a lot of great research linking health and nutrition as a way to boost and improve your mood. Look back at this post on "super foods" that nurture your body and mind! And, here are 6 ways that food affect your mental health. Moderation is key so let there be some fun and flavor in your life, too!

Third, take your new found love of the kitchen a step further and try out a local camp or class. Patricia's Table still has openings for summer camps. Foodie Kids and Kids Kitchen also offer camps and classes year round.

Lastly, enjoy the fruits of your labor! (Pun intended!)

Nurturing Your Body and Mind

Has getting back into routine now that Spring Break's over been difficult for anyone else? It was great to have some time away from the regular schedule, but time away like that can also be very disorienting and somewhat tough on one's "system." 

Spring can be a wonderful time to renew and refresh one's daily habits. Now is a great time to not only "Spring Clean" your house, but also your body! 

Many foods have been researched and proven to be very nutritious and also great for one's mental health. Here's a look at FIVE foods that'll do a body (and mind) good:

1. Fatty Fish (boosts learning and memory)

2. Whole Grains (brings good energy)

3. Lean Protein (balances serotonin levels)

4. Leafy Greens (helps with sleep)

5. Yogurt (reduces stress hormones)

Start the habit today of choosing just one healthy food to add to one of your meals. It is much easier to start incorporating good foods into your system than to try and take out the not-so good foods first. Pick foods that will not only provide you with great nutrition, but also give your mind a boost! With the end of school already on its way, you'll benefit from the extra help of some healthy food! Good luck!