BLOG: Mother’s Day is just around the corner! It’s time to pause and remember all of the things our mothers do for us everyday; because when you think about it - Mom’s really do it all! Unfortunately, most moms are so busy caring for their families, they can forget to take care of themselves!
Aside from a balanced diet, there are two nutrients that are especially important to women: calcium and folic acid. Calcium, found abundantly in dairy foods, is required to keep bones strong and prevent osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease common among older women, which leads to fractures and brittle bones. While the risk of developing osteoporosis increases with age, prevention begins in childhood with the formation of calcium-dense bones. Three servings of low-fat dairy a day are recommended for women of all ages for healthy bones.
Folic acid, or folate, is particularly important for new and expectant moms. Folic acid, found in orange juice, green vegetables, eggs ,and fortified breads, is needed to decrease the risk of birth defects from incomplete spinal cord development. Unfortunately, damage from folic acid deficiency occurs in the first month of pregnancy, making it important for all women of childbearing age to get enough folic acid. But even older women can benefit from folic acid as it increases iron absorption to prevent anemia and fatigue.
How can we get our mothers to pay more attention to their health? Stewart’s makes it simple! For one, your neighborhood Stewart’s Shop is a convenient stop for mom to pick up all essential grocery items while doing the other errands she is needs to get done. And better yet, each Stewart’s Shop is full of options that contain calcium and folic acid. The coolers at Stewart’s are always stocked with calcium rich and delicious low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese. There is even abundant folic acid in many of her favorite Stewart’s products, including their local eggs, orange juice, and Stewart’s whole wheat bread!
Want to do something this Mother’s Day that will really make your mom smile and also help keep her healthy? Try making her a healthy breakfast in bed from Stewart’s. I’ve even provided a recipe below to guide you in getting started!
Stewart’s Homemade French Toast Makes 4 Servings
1 Stewart’s egg
¼ cup Stewart’s low fat milk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 slices Stewart’s Whole Wheat Bread (it’s enriched with folate!)
1. Beat eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon in a shallow dish.
2. Dip Stewart’s Whole Wheat Bread into the dish to absorb the egg mixture. (I usually allow it to sit for 10-15 seconds)
3. Using cooking spray, lightly grease a skillet and place over medium heat.
4. Place the bread onto the skillet and heat until browned, flipping once.
5. Serve alongside eggs and Stewart’s coffee for a delicious breakfast in bed surprise!
-Christine Sloat, RD, RDN
About Christine: Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, with clinical training at Albany Medical Center. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.