With Mother’s Day fast approaching, you may still be scrambling to find that perfect gift. Flowers? Jewelry? A day at the spa? (Hint, hint!) This year, may we suggest some thinking outside of the box, literally, by putting your gift on a plate.
What says appreciation, thoughtfulness and love better than breakfast in bed? You can even get the kids involved for added assistance (if you’re OK with a messy kitchen).
We’re not saying totally scrap the gift idea (jewelry is always welcome) but get Mom’s day off to a special start with a breakfast that will give her the energy she needs to go about her day.
Eggs and Fruit
Scrambled, boiled or sunny-side up, eggs are a powerhouse, no matter which way you have them. They contain protein, for one, and many essential nutrients like iron, vitamins A, D and E and folate. These are all required by the body for fuel, but they also help prevent anemia, strengthen bones and teeth, develop brain function and provide antioxidants.
If you’re concerned about cholesterol (eggs cover off 60% of your daily allotment), just eliminate the yolks. For an omelet, we suggest sticking to the whites of the egg and adding only one yolk. For added benefits, cook the eggs in coconut oil, known to boost endurance and resistance to viruses and bacteria.
Adding fruit to the morning routine is also a great way to promote energy and take in some more antioxidants. A smoothie or a fruit salad with blueberries and strawberries will not only give Mom a high dose of vitamin C, but also improve her heart and memory over time (so there’s no forgetting Father’s Day or family birthdays).
Flaxseed Bread, Almond Butter and Banana
If the combination of peanut butter and banana worked for the King of Rock, it definitely works for us. Just switch out the typical peanut butter for almond butter; we promise Mom will love it just the same.
What makes this breakfast super healthy? Flaxseed bread is low in carbs and gluten-free (women everywhere, rejoice!); the bread is packed with essential grains and an excellent source of omega-3 and 6 oils. These are essential metabolism, which makes this bread a good substitute for those not so keen on fish oil supplements for healthy omega-3s.
Almond butter is a great alternative for those who do not consume dairy or eggs. It provides the protein your body needs along with monounsaturated fats (the good fat). For extra taste and nutrients, top it off with some banana slices.
Bananas are a great source of a resistant starch to keep you feeling fuller longer; they also provide potassium and blood pressure control.
Cereal and Greek Yogurt
Have a full day planned for Mom and no time to prepare a feast? Cereal can still look fancy served on a tray with some flowers, if you know what you’re looking for. With added sugars, cereal can be tricky, but as long as you’re aiming for whole grain or bran, she will still get her essentials. To make this a breakfast of champions, add some berries on top for antioxidant power, and don’t forget skim or almond milk. The combination of whole grains and protein will ensure she’s ready for anything.
For added protein (especially if there’s rock-climbing in store) add a side of Greek yogurt. By itself, or with added agave nectar for sweetness and fresh fruit, Greek yogurt is a winner when it comes to protein and calcium. The creamier texture of Greek yogurt will make Mom feel like she’s enjoying a decadent dessert. Bonus points!
All of these healthy options will make your mom feel great, and give her all the nutrients and essentials she needs to be at her best. Nothing starts her day off right better than a meal made by the ones she loves most.
Happy Mother’s Day!
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