Hi! I’m Kadee. I blog over on Oh So Delicioso – a food lifestyle blog that is full of family recipes, original recipes, healthy eats, and indulgent treats. Not to mention a little DIY, a few party ideas, and some product recommendations for your kitchen. I was thrilled when Chelsea asked me to guest blog here on Spring & Chelsea! About a year ago I was introduced to the Count Me Healthy Bracelet after I gave birth to my second son. I happen to be wife to Jim, who makes me smile every day, and mom to two of the most adorable little boys out there, if I do say so myself.
Meet Blake & Graham. The sweetest, funniest, little balls of energy you ever did meet.
As you fellow moms know – pregnancy can do a number on your body…and for me the months of fertility treatments leading up to the pregnancy. So I LOVED that beautiful little reminder to treat myself well. That is what I want to talk about today – self care.
Self care is something I am still learning and still working on. As women, I think we are innately outward thinking. We become wives and mothers, and we are constantly taking care of someone else. I find joy, beauty, and happiness when I serve my family and my community – but something I’ve learned is that you can better serve those around you when you also serve yourself.
A dear friend of mine counseled me a while back to start taking care of myself. I felt frazzled and tired, and unhappy with my body. I had let the hustle and bustle of my daily tasks, two young children, and bottled up emotions take over. I didn’t even know how to start caring for myself let alone actually do it. So she and I came up with an idea – take a look at the 5 senses, and identify something you enjoy from each sense. For example, touch – I love to take a bubble bath, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking one after my kids are in bed. Taste – in the summer time I love a big juicy nectarine, so I bought a big bag and ate one every single day until they went out of season. Simple things like this are self care and they help us feel worth and joy. Making sure we are exercising, drinking enough water, and eating good foods are also self care items that will help us better serve those around us.
I have struggled with lunch for years! For years! If I am out running errands it was so easy to swing through a drive through. Then when I had children it was so easy to eat what they were eating. I’m telling you – don’t do it! You need to feed yourself. And you need to feed yourself well. You have my permission to make yourself a delicious and healthy lunch. For me, I will eat at home and enjoy it if I’m prepared. Take one day a week an cook up your protein. You’ll be much more likely to make yourself a lunch if the protein is already taken care of.
This salad is so dang good, and it is fast. You’ll be done from start to finish in 20 minutes tops. The combination of the bright citrus, the buttery texture of the salmon, and the crisp green is pretty much heaven. Here’s the rundown:
Citrus Salmon Salad
- 1 salmon filet
- Salt & Pepper
- 1 naval orange
- 1 blood orange
- 1 grapefruit
- juice from 1 orange
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup spring mix greens
1. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray it with non stick spray.
2. Place salmon filet on your baking sheet and season with salt and pepper.
3. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until opaque and flakey.
4. Meanwhile, cut the peal off of the citrus and slice. Place on a plate.
5. Top with spring mix greens.
6. Sprinkle with sliced almonds.
7. For dressing, in a small bowl whisk together orange juice, honey, oil oil, ginger, and garlic. Set aside.
8. When salmon is cooked, cut into bit sized pieces and add to your salad.
9. Drizzle with dressing. (Dressing will make 2-3 servings. Store leftovers in the fridge up to 1 week for your next salad.)
Today I am challenging you to care for yourself. You can start with the basics and work up. And I want to remind you that self care is NOT selfishness. There is a big difference. Caring for yourself enables you to be your best self. It enables you to operate at your maximum. It allows you to serve others. Its kind of like that airline regulation – you have to secure your own oxygen mask in the event of an emergency before you help others. They don’t tell you that to be mean. They tell you that because they want you to be able to help others instead of being passed out on the ground.
So tell me – what are you going to make yourself for lunch this week?
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