Monthly Roundup: May

Miss any of my posts from social media?  I’ve consolidated everything from May here for easy reference- a few articles on mental health (did you know May was Mental Health Awareness Month?), healthy living, and yoga, along with recipes focused on late spring, early summer produce.

Monthly Roundup: May

Monthly Roundup: May

Things I Wrote

Greek-flavored Meatballs – I wrote this recipe for Zhou Nutrition while I was prepping for my week-long packed lunch challenge because they still taste fresh even a day or two later. 

Memorial Day Recipe Roundup – save this one for July 4th, Labor Day and any summer potlucks, BBQs or picnics

Recipes

Easy Healthy Meals

8-Ingredient Cheesy Green Chile Chicken – So flavorful, you won’t believe how easy this one is

Grilled Merlot Steak with Sage Butter – I had never heard of merlot steak before reading this recipe. Worth asking your local butcher about. 

Grilled Salmon with Mango Avocado Salsa and Coconut Rice – This meal is the epitome of summer. 

Marinated Leeks with Herbs - Simple, bright, and delicious, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to have leeks. I swap the peanut oil for heart-healthy olive oil 

One-pot Cilantro Lime Chicken and Rice – Who doesn’t love a one-pot meal?

Pumpkin Hummus with Spiced Lamb – This dish flips the script by making hummus the centerpiece instead of the lamb. 

Quinoa-stuffed Peppers – I love the unexpected combo of quinoa with cashews, cranberries, and feta. 

Walnut Encrusted Scallops – One of my favorite types of seafood prepared in a new and easy way

Vegan and Vegetarian

Curry Roasted Vegetable and Lentil Salad – Flavorful, hearty and super easy to make

Jamaican Jerk Grilled Eggplant – Vegan BBQ? Yes, please!

Lemon Dill Potato Salad – Got a picnic to go to? This mayo-free potato salad is delicious and safe to stay unchilled for a few hours. 

Muhammara – Bored with hummus? Try this red pepper and walnut alternative. Nut-free? Swap the walnuts for tahini or sunflower seed butter. 

Thai Quinoa Salad – I loved bringing this salad topped with rotisserie chicken for lunch last month.

Articles

Healthy Living

5 Ways to Make Working from Home Healthier – Anyone who works from home knows how hard it can be to make time for yourself. This article helps you manage the ever-challenging work-life balance. 

Fasting Studies Clash With Our Desire to Eat What We Want When We Want - More often than not, when someone feels like their energy has tanked, I review their diet and find they are undereating. While there is evidence that fasting can be useful in certain situations, it is not a tool I use in my practice. 

Local Teachers’ Tips for Cultivating Healthy Classrooms – “If a child has a less healthy food item in their lunch bag, it is not up to me to critique the food choice. Food shaming is disrespectful, unhealthy and poor behaviour modelling for a teacher. Packed lunches from home reflect a family’s food culture, food prep skills and/or budget.”

Mental Health

Mindfulness – This article for Mental Health Awareness explains what mindfulness is and is not and gives simple, easy to follow tips to start a mindfulness practice.

This Weighted Blanket May Help With Stress and Anxiety - I first heard about weighted blankets from a social worker who used them for autistic kids. She said they created a sensation like a hug but more approachable for those with sensory issues.

Yoga

“Secret” Yoga: Asana You Can Do From a Chair Anywhere – I love these tips to sneak yoga into your day. I try to sit cross-legged or in a modified pigeon when possible.

Bonus: What I’m Currently Reading

Complementary and integrative medicine in the management of headache – This research article summarizes current CAM therapies for headache and migraines. As many of my clients suffer from tension headaches and migraines, I was interested to learn that current research confirms diet and some CAM therapies reduce frequency, length and intensity.

A Year Right Here: Chronicles of a coffee critic – I love coffee, but I am intimidated by all of the options available now. Good to know I’m not alone!

What are you reading and cooking? Let me know in the comments!