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Mother's Day Delights

Updated: Friday, May 10 2013, 09:23 AM CDT

Hy-Vee dietitian Linda Ashley is "In the Kitchen" with great ideas for fresh and healthy Mother's Day gifts!

Give mom the gift of good health this Mother’s Day with garden plants and supplies from your Hy-Vee Garden Center. Whether your mom grows a few plants in small containers or tends a larger-scale garden, this part of a healthy lifestyle offers numerous health benefits. Today your Hy-Vee dietitian highlights three health benefits of gardening and shares recipes featuring fresh-from-the-garden produce that mom is sure to love – almost as much as you!


Health Benefits of Gardening:

Stress relief : Research indicates just 30 minutes of gardening fights stress better than other leisure activities. Also, the accessibility of gardening – just outside your back door – makes gardening an easy-to-fit-in stress-reducing activity.


Physical activity: Gardening offers the benefit of purposeful physical activity, making it seem more like fun than exercise! Stretching and weight-bearing activities required in gardening maintain healthy muscle mass and keep our bones strong.


Improved healthy eating habits : The benefits of enjoying vegetables are well-documented, from improved digestive health due to increased fiber consumption to reduced risk of chronic diseases.  When fresh vegetables are right outside our back door, it’s easy to eat more of them.


Caprese Salad

This classic, simple salad showcases the fresh, summertime flavors of fresh tomatoes and fresh basil, paired with rich, fresh mozzarella cheese. Makes a great appetizer for a Mother’s Day meal.


All you need:

2 large, ripe tomatoes

 ½ pound fresh mozzarella, sliced

1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil

Hy-Vee sea salt, freshly ground, to taste

Grand Selections extra virgin olive oil


All you do:

1.     Stack tomato slices and mozzarella in alternating layers on platter.

2.     Sprinkle with basil and coarse sea salt to taste. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.


Serves four. Nutrition information per serving: 170 calories; 12 g fat; 8 g sat fat; 40 mg cholesterol; 4 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein; 1 g fiber; 180 mg sodium



Strawberry Bruschetta


A sophisticated brunch or breakfast in bed option for mom featuring vitamin-C rich fresh strawberries. Give your mom strawberry plants from your Hy-Vee garden center and enjoy growing your own berries.  


All you need:

4 slices Honey 100% Whole Grain & Seeds Hy-Vee Baking Stone bread

4 tbsp Hy-Vee light brown sugar

1 tsp grated lemon zest

2 tsp lemon juice

3 cups sliced or diced hulled fresh strawberries

4 tbsp BelGioioso mascarpone (Italian cream cheese), divided

Fresh mint leaves, for garnish


All you do:

1.       Toast bread in a toaster.

2.       Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over high heat. Add sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice and cook, stirring, until the sugar melts and the mixture begins to bubble, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add strawberries and stir until juices begin to exude and the berries are heated through, 30 seconds to 1 minute more.

3.       Spread 1 tablespoon mascarpone on each piece of toast. Top with the warm berries.

4.       Garnish with fresh mint and serve.

5.       *To make ahead: Prepare the sauce (Step 2), cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month. To reheat, microwave on High for about 1 minute (defrost first, if necessary).


Serves four. Nutrition information per serving: 180 calories; 5 g fat; 2 g sat fat; 9 mg cholesterol; 32 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 4 g fiber; 130 mg sodium

Source:; modified by Linda Ashley, RD, LD


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