February is well-known for a number of different holidays and observances – Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, National Grapefruit Month (wait, maybe not that last one as much). What most people don’t realize is that there are a number of unique Awareness Days and observances that anyone can celebrate, no matter their beliefs or nationality.
For example, February is National Boost-Your-Self-Esteem Month! You may have started out the New Year with some resolutions about working out, eating right, or trying to finally get your hair under control. This month, spur yourself on with positive self-talk! Set a goal to be more upbeat and get rid of negativity. Accept compliments, and don’t compare yourself to others, because you’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and doggone it, people like you!
This month is also National Snack Food Month. Instead of using this an excuse to grab a bag of chips or cookies, try to find healthy snack food substitutes! Learn how to make a delicious fruit smoothie or kale chips, pull out your old recipe for ants on a log (celery, peanut butter, and raisins), or consider taking classes on nutrition. You might even see what recipes you can create from your canned goods and kill two birds with one stone, since February is also National Canned Food Month!
While we’re talking about celebrating food, the second month of the year also happens to be National Hot Breakfast Month. It’sfitting in this cold time of the year to look for ways to warm up first thing in the morning, and finding healthy alternatives to starchy pancakes and fatty bacon is always a good idea! Maybe try one of these recipes for blueberry ricotta pancakes, or banana raisin French toast, or poached eggs. And there’s always the classic hot oatmeal or its less appealing-sounding cousin, gruel. (It does also happen to be National Grapefruit Month, so maybe throw some grapefruit halves onto the side of your plate.)
Since you might end up shopping a lot for some new, healthy foods, this gives you a perfect chance to celebrate another observance: National Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month. Shopping carts can cost up to a hundred bucks apiece, and supermarkets lose money when their carts are left by the sides of roads, or even out in parking lots where they can get damaged. Help observe NRSCS Month by returning carts to the designated cart racks, or maybe push one that’s left out in the lot back to the store as you walk in. You could also have your groceries double bagged (if you don’t have a lot) so you don’t even need to remove the cart from the store.
If you do find a way to celebrate February in a new way, be sure to share it with us! We want to find out your old and new traditions so maybe we can start some of our own.