Pamper mom with these easy but impressive breakfast dishes.
By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Expert Column
Most moms welcome a break from the kitchen. And what better day than Mother's Day to show your mom how much you love her? To set the tone for a day of pampering, surprise mom with a special Mother's Day breakfast in bed. Or gather the family around the kitchen table to celebrate the beginning of her special day.
You don't need to be a talented cook to whip up a wonderful Mother's Day breakfast. With a little creativity and an attractive presentation, even a simple meal will delight mom. (It also means that even young kids can be involved in the preparation.) Just be sure to plan ahead so you have all the ingredients on hand.
Keep It Healthy
Do mom a favor by serving up a meal that's healthy as well as tasty. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After a long night's sleep, food acts as fuel to get the body's engine started.
Here are the components of a healthy breakfast:
- Whole-grain carbohydrates (like breads, cereals, and waffles).
- Lean protein or low- or non-fat dairy (like eggs, yogurt, cheese, milk, and tofu).
- Healthy fats (nuts, seeds, flaxseed, healthy oils).
- Fruit, 100% fruit juice, and/or vegetables.
Since it's a special day, you may want to branch out beyond the same old cereal and toast. Try taking one of mom's favorite breakfast dishes and jazzing it up. Mix flavors, textures, and colors for variety and eye appeal. If you want to try something different, why not serve mom her favorite lunch for breakfast?
Brew a pot of coffee or her favorite tea. For a special addition, make a mock Mimosa: Add sparking water or ginger ale to orange juice, and garnish with a fresh strawberry wedged onto the rim of the glass.
Get up early on Mother's Day, and be quiet so you won't wake mom before breakfast is ready. Choose a menu that is easy for you to prepare and clean up. You can save time and steps by starting with foods that are already prepped, like cut-up fruit or vegetables.
Mother's Day Breakfast Ideas
Here are some suggestions for a simple, yet impressive, Mother's Day breakfast:
- Yogurt parfait: Layer low-fat yogurt, granola (mixed with flaxseed for extra omega-3s), and mixed berries in a tall, clear glass.
- Whole-grain waffles (homemade or frozen) topped with sliced bananas, toasted pecans, and warm maple syrup.
- Mango smoothie: Toss a cut-up mango, low-fat yogurt, mango or orange juice, and a handful of ice into a blender. Serve with whole-wheat toast spread with almond butter.
- Breakfast burrito: Stir-fry cut-up vegetables, like onions, zucchini, and red peppers, until tender. Add beaten eggs (or egg substitute) and stir until cooked. Top with shredded cheese and wrap in a whole-wheat tortilla. Serve a fruit salsa on the side.
- Frittata: Using an iron skillet, fry vegetables as in the burrito recipe. Add last night's leftover steak and potatoes to the vegetables. Add eggs, and cook over medium heat on the stovetop until the bottom is set (without stirring). Then run under the oven broiler briefly until the top is cooked. Serve with fruit salad.
- Bagels and cream cheese: Start with fresh whole-grain bagels. Top with low-fat cream cheese, sliced salmon, sliced tomatoes, chopped red onion, and a few capers. Serve with half a pink grapefruit or fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice.
- Berry ricotta toast: Toast two slices of whole-wheat bread. Top with part-skim ricotta cheese and fresh berries.
- Fruity French toast: Make French toast special by adding cinnamon to the batter. Top with a dollop of vanilla yogurt, sliced fresh fruit, and a drizzle of maple syrup.
- Egg "Mock" Muffin. Toast a whole-wheat muffin. Cook one egg and place it on the muffin. Then top with prepared turkey bacon or Canadian bacon and a slice of cheese for a faster than fast-food breakfast.
- Apple pancakes: Add a cup of chunky applesauce and a teaspoon of cinnamon to your favorite pancake batter. (Make the pancakes extra-special by cooking them in a heart-shaped cookie cutter or mold.) Top cooked pancakes with apple butter or maple syrup and toasted walnuts.
- Heart eggs: Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out the center of a slice of whole- grain bread. Spray both sides of bread with cooking spray and place in saute pan over medium heat. Crack an egg into the center hole, cover the pan, and cook until done as desired. Serve mom one or two heart eggs with a fruit garnish.
- Cottage cheese crunch: Start with a clear glass bowl. Layer sliced fruit, such as peaches and bananas. Then add a layer of low-fat cottage cheese, and top it off with mom's favorite whole-grain cereal.
- Open face waffle sandwich: Toast a whole-grain waffle. Spread with nut butter and jam, then top with sliced bananas and slivered almonds.
- Cranberry nut oatmeal: Make instant oatmeal according to package directions. Top with dried cranberries and toasted nuts for a delicious, cholesterol-lowering breakfast.
A Festive Touch
Mother's Day is a special occasion, so pull out the nice dishes and glasses, cloth napkins, and place mats.
Arrange the food attractively on the plate, and include a garnish of a sprig of fresh mint, parsley, or a flower from the garden. Or arrange a few slices of melon, an orange wedge, and a berry to add color and extra nutrition.
Finally, there's nothing like a vase of flowers to tell mom "you're special." Pick up a bouquet of flowers at the grocery store, or cut some blooms from the garden to put on the table or her breakfast tray.
Published May 3, 2007.
Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, is director of nutrition for WebMD and the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.
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