Mother’s Day Tips

By author photo Jenny Craig Team

hints-and-tips · 28 Aug 18

Every mother deserves to be appreciated and pampered on Mother’s Day and regardless of whether you’re trying to lose weight, you can still be spoiled without putting a dint in your weight loss efforts. Here are a few tips and ideas to put a healthy spin on Mother’s Day.

Breakfast with Jenny
Why not spoil mum (or yourself!) with a delicious breakfast in bed for a relaxing start to the day. Here are some of our favourite brekkie recipes that all the family can enjoy!

Mediterranean Scrambled Eggs
Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cooking time 15-17 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup red capsicum, chopped
  • ½ zucchini, chopped
  • ½ cup baby spinach leaves, finely sliced
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 small handful parsley, roughly chopped, keep 4 sprigs to garnish
  • Worcestershire sauce, to taste

Method
Sauté the onion and capsicum with oil over low heat for 10 minutes. Add the zucchini and spinach, sauté for 2-3 minutes. Meanwhile, beat the eggs with the parsley, Worcestershire sauce and freshly cracked black pepper to taste. Drain any excess liquid from the vegetables, then pour the egg mixture over the top and stir with a wooden spoon until egg is cooked. Serve over toasted multigrain bread and top with a sprig of fresh parsley.

Kid’s Tip
Grate the vegetables before cooking, and omit the onion and Worcestershire sauce.

Fresh peach and ricotta toasts
Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 thick slices multigrain sourdough bread
  • 2 tbsp 100% fruit jam
  • 4 tbsp reduced-fat ricotta
  • 2 ripe fresh peaches, sliced

Method
Toast the bread and top each slice with ½ tablespoon of jam, 1 tablespoon of ricotta and ¼ of the peach slices. Serve to mum on a tray in bed!

Mother’s Day Lunch

Whether you’re going out for lunch or it’s lunch with the family at home, keep these tips front of your mind to help you stay on track:

  • Remember your portion control and how to fill your plate – ½ non-starchy vegetables, ¼ meat or meat alternative and ¼ grains or starchy vegetables. Imagine the size of a Jenny meal and try to stick to it.
  • Be sure to have your morning snack so you are not too hungry by lunchtime. This will help prevent you from overeating.
  • Order first, so you’re not tempted by others’ decisions.
  • If everyone’s having dessert and you don’t want it, order a coffee or tea instead.
  • A morning, afternoon or dessert treat for Mum
  • Whether it’s morning tea, afternoon tea or dessert you’re after, we have the perfect cupcake treat modified by our Dietitians that all the family can enjoy.

Jaffa Ganache Cupcakes
Serves: 18
Jenny food groups per serve: 1 ½ Grains, 1 Fat

Ingredients
Cupcakes:

  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup apple purée
  • ¼ cup sunflower oil
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 1 ½ cups self-raising flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g dark chocolate pieces, melted
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp orange essence

Topping:

  • 230g light cream cheese
  • ¼ cup caster sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp orange essence
  • Skim milk (as needed)

Method
Preheat oven to 160°C. In a medium sized bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add apple puree and oil and mix. Then add sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Add milk, flour and vanilla and stir to combine. Add remaining ingredients and stir gently to combine. Divide the mixture between 18 cupcake papers and bake for 12 – 15 minutes. Allow to cool.

For the topping:
Combine light cream cheese, caster sugar, cocoa and orange essence in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer. If the mixture is too thick add a small amount of milk and beat. Once the cupcakes have fully cooled, remove from tin & ice.

Make it an active day!
Why not choose an activity to enjoy as a family that also gets you moving? If the weather permits, an afternoon in the park or a fun game bowling are great ways to have active family time.

Be sure to enjoy… you deserve it!

If you do get spoilt by your family and overindulge a bit, don’t beat yourself up about it. Enjoy the day and get yourself back on track on Monday. Remember that success is not measured by how many times you fall, but by how many times you pick yourself back up and keep going.

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