MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION INSPIRATIONS
COVID FRIENDLY EDITION
Whether you are the star of the day or the individual planning the celebrations we have some ideas on how to make your Mother’s Day full of gluten-free surprises that will bring a smile to everyone’s face. Even if you don’t celebrate Mother’s Day, these are some family-friendly tips to make a day a little special.
Breakfast in bed?
- Try gluten-free waffles, with fresh fruit and yogurt or a smoothie. Try this healthy smoothie – Pineapple Banana Kale Smoothie
- Make the delivery special by picking some wild flowers from outside This will bring the joy of spring right into her bedroom.
- Nicole Byrom’s favourite waffle recipe uses the pancake and waffle mix from Cup4Cup. They are so light and fluffy and you would never know that they are gluten free.
- For younger children, helping in the kitchen to prepare a treat for a parent or grandparent is a great way to learn about cross-contact in the kitchen. We’ve assembled some tips in our Growing Up Celiac Workbook – click here.
- On the breakfast tray include a handwritten note. Mother’s love hand written notes!
Connect with nature- even if it is close to home!
Getting outside can increase your energy levels, boost mood and reduce stress! So, rain or shine, head outside and enjoy the sights and sounds that mother-nature has to offer. Going on a picnic lunch is something you can do with your immediate family – even if you just use your own backyard.
- Make some fancy sandwiches with gluten-free breads with toppings like turkey, brie and cranberry spread and have a tea party. Check out one of CCA’s How Do You Sandwich creations from last year’s contest here.
- Have the kids help make Sue’s Red Velvet Cupcakes. Sue is a baker, a mom and one of CCA’s Chapter Presidents.
- Surprise mom with a tent if you have a backyard and camp for the day! Read some stories with your lunch.
- If your family is a little more mature with teens, going for a hike is a great way to turn off cell phones and connect. Teens can prepare some homemade gluten-free trail mix with peanuts, raisins, almonds, dried cranberries and plan the trail destination.
When the mom in your life has to work on Mother’s Day?
Not everyone has a chance to be off on May 9th, but you can still surprise her with a note and some gluten-free snacks or treats in her lunch! Perhaps try these GF Lemon Blueberry Muffins or Hershey Kisses Cookies.
Local Sightseeing Trip?
In some jurisdictions you can go on a family car ride and check out some of the local sites.
- Map out a car ride and download some background about the places you’ll pass by for your own virtual tour. If you have teens, challenge them to come up with some interesting historical facts or quiz with multiple choice answers. See who comes out on top!
- For younger children in the car, check out CCA’s Growing Up Celiac Workbook for some travelling tips from our parent community.
- GF snacks that are great for travelling are GF crackers, cheese, hummus and cut up fruit and veggie sticks.
Window visit with Grandma?
With COVID-19 restrictions, not everyone can have a in-person visit. Dropping by where your grandmother or parents live is often a porch visit and social distancing. Pack up a decorated box with some homemade GF treats, cards from the kids and pampering items. If you want a guide on lotions and potions, check out CCA’s statement here. Try this GF recipe treat – GF Orange Chiffon Cake
Looking for new dinner inspiration?
The COVID-19 lockdowns has many of us pulling out the same thing for dinner. Coming up with new gluten-free recipes especially if you are newly-diagnosed can be challenging. It’s great to have a few new ones for special occasions like Mother’s Day.
Try some of these from our community recipes: Chicken Rice Casserole, Honey Garlic Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry, Mediterranean Steak Bowls, and Moroccan Tagine with Chicken, Apricots and Butternut Squash
Cheers to Mom!
You might want to celebrate with an alcoholic beverage but not sure what is safe to drink? Click on the link to read the CCA’s Professional Advisory Council tips. Click here.
Celebrate your person today, whoever they may be
and wish them a happy day from all of us at the CCA!
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