Taking care of your body during stressful periods is important. Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley welcome Katie Morford to the Open to Hope show, who’s a dietician and author of Mom’s Kitchen Handbook. Her latest book is Best Lunch Box Ever, and Morford notes that it’s critical for caregivers to take care of themselves, too. She shares three simple and wholesome recipes with the hosts, starting with her curried quinoa salad. Very nourishing and high in protein, Morford says you can sub in any grain you’d like.

Open a tangerine, piece it apart, and add to the grains. “This is very seasonal,” she says. Add toasted almonds and cranberries for some sweetness and a dose of good fats. Season with half a teaspoon of curry powder, then drizzle with white wine vinegar and olive oil. Salt to taste.

Caring from the Inside Out

Morford aims for colorful recipes that keep well, that work as leftovers, and that are a great dish to bring to someone. These recipes travel well in Tupperware and are appealing to all palates. Next up are Morford’s homemade granola bars. “There’s nothing like homemade,” she says, and it’s much simpler than people think. Take oats, crispy brown rice cereal, flax meal, and then mix-in some peanut butter and/or syrup for sweetness. You can sub for any type of nut butter.

Morford says a grab and go option is easy when in grief, but so often it’s unhealthy. Homemade granola bars let you nourish yourself all the more. Simply bake until golden brown, then cut into bars. It’s a portable option, so Morford makes double batches to share or to store. Finally, she shares her recipe for homemade tacos with a homemade tortilla, veggies (leftovers work great), and a meat of your choice.


Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley

Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley are a mother/daughter team and internationally recognized grief experts. They are the founders of The Open to Hope Foundation and the hosts of The Open to Hope Show. In addition, Dr. Gloria is a board member for The Compassionate Friends and Dr. Heidi is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and has a private practice in manhattan. Their message is that others have made it through the grief journey and so can you, if you do not yet have hope lean on theirs.

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