Warning: Illegal string offset 'twitter' in E:\websites\blogs.ifas.ufl.edu\wp-content\themes\organic-origin-child\functions.php on line 126

Warning: Illegal string offset 'gplus' in E:\websites\blogs.ifas.ufl.edu\wp-content\themes\organic-origin-child\functions.php on line 155

Mother’s Day Flowers, Stems, Roots, and Leaves

Flower, Stems, Root, and Leaf “Bouquet Photo credit: Jamie Spiker

Want to show mom how much you really care about her? Try giving her a Mother’s Day flowers, stems, roots, and leaves arrangement. Okay, so these cleverly disguised vegetables are not the usual bouquet. But giving mom a collection of some super healthy vegetables lets her know her health is important to you. And the healthier mom is, the longer you can keep her in your life.

What counts in a Mother’s Day Flowers Stems Roots Leaves arrangement?
  • Flowers:  Broccoli or Cauliflower
  • Stems:  Asparagus or Celery
  • Roots:  Carrots or Radishes
  • Leaves:  Lettuce or Cabbage Leaves
Why eat vegetables?

Eating vegetables – on Mother’s Day and every day – gives mom and all of us loads of beneficial nutrients.  Veggies contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water. As part of a regular diet, veggies help reduce heart disease, some cancers, and other chronic diseases. Why else is it important to eat vegetables? See veggie health benefits. And Bonus – most vegetables are low in fat and calories (so they won’t go to mom’s hips). 

How to incorporate more vegetables

Happy Healthy Moms with cauliflower, asparagus, carrot, and purple cabbage “bouquets”
Photo credit: Jamie Spiker

So how do you display and celebrate your love for mom with vegetables? Think lots of color. Vegetables come in every color of the rainbow – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. Because color is so important, try to eat some veggies of every color every week. And adding lots of color makes for a great veggie bouquet – smile inducing, eye catching, healthy, and delicious. To add more vegetables to your day, check out USDA’s Tips to vary your veggies. Try veggies grilled, steamed, stir fried.  Then try them kabobbed and in salads. They are fabulous as the main entrée attraction or work great as the side dish.

You say you just can’t bring yourself to give this kind of Mother’s Day Veggie Bouquet?  But if you want to incorporate more veggies into mom’s diet and yours, see easy to eat more veggies. And if all else fails, try giving mom some edible flowers. Nasturtiums are bright, colorful, edible flowers with a peppery kick.  For more on these flowers, see garden nosturtium.

Mother’s Day flowers, stems, roots, and leaves.  These veggies are a colorful, tasty, healthy, and caring way to say, “I love you Mom”.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!