Happy Mother’s Day! I see Mother’s Day as a day to celebrate my mom, my sister, and all mothers, including Mother Earth!
Here are some simple green ideas to celebrate Mother’s Day or any day with your mom.
Take your mom on a picnic! Pack a delicious lunch made with plenty of locally grown, natural or organic dishes, like grilled Portobello mushrooms with roasted peppers on crusty organic whole grain bread, juicy berries with ricotta cheese (see recipe below), a crisp green salad, and herbal tea or lemonade. Enjoy spending time with your mom, your family, and also the Earth!
Donate to your mom’s favorite environmental or social organization.
Pamper your mom! Treat her to a nice all natural skin care gift set, or have a miy (make-it-yourself) spa day with her! Check out my previous Eco Living articles and my recipes on the anb (all natural beauty) portal for natural skin care information, tips, and recipes.
To celebrate Mother Earth: choose to implement at least one green practice in your life. It can be as simple as not leaving the water running while brushing your teeth or choosing to consume less. Read my previous Eco Living articles and my environmental blog (Solarkat’s Eco blog) for more tips on how to live green.
Here is a simple and delicious dessert that your mom will love!
Simple Ricotta and Fruit Dessert
-sliced organic berries or fruit
-1 8 oz package organic ricotta cheese
-1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract (optional)
-chocolate or carob chips (optional)
-fresh mint (optional garnish)
Directions: Mix the vanilla extract with the ricotta cheese. Wash the berries or fruit, and peel and slice into small pieces if necessary. Add the fruit to the ricotta. Top with some chocolate or carob, and then garnish with the mint.
For the fruit: strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries are delicious. Peaches or mangoes are also yummy in this healthy dessert.
The vanilla, chocolate or carob, and fresh mint are all optional flavors. Just fruit mixed with ricotta is yummy too!
For the chocolate and carob chips, I eat grain sweetened chocolate (which does not contain white sugar), and also unsweetened carob or vegan grain sweetened carob. Grain sweetened chocolate, unsweetened carob, and vegan grain sweetened carob can be found in many health food stores.
Vegans can use silken or soft tofu instead of ricotta cheese. Blend the tofu and vanilla together in a blender; you may need to add a little agave or another sweetener to the tofu. Top with the fruit, vegan carob or vegan chocolate, and mint.
Link to my previous Eco Living articles (includes recipes for natural skin care, and also more eco living tips).
Link to my (personal) eco blog:
Link to the anb (all natural beauty) portal’s recipes (includes a couple recipes submitted by me, under my name or under ‘Snowcat’ or ‘Solarkat’)
Please visit Earth Alkemie: my all natural, eco-friendly, vegetarian skin care and mineral makeup line.
About The Author:
Li Wong has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. She has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001, and is currently a student of Jeanne Rose’s Aromatherapy Studies Course. Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception. She is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and mineral makeup company.
For more information on environmental issues, Eco Living, natural cosmetics, aromatherapy, and herbalism check out: Solarkat’s Eco Blog.