Before you get yourself worked up over coordinating last-minute flower deliveries or reservations at Mom’s favorite lunch spot, why not take a different approach for Mother’s Day this year?
Show your mom or the mother of your children you care by making her an unforgettable breakfast. You’ll also get bonus points: all of the recipes on this list are healthy!
What’s in a healthy breakfast?
Before we get to ideas for your perfect Mother’s Day breakfast menu, let’s lay out a template to help you build a healthy spread.
In order to be healthy, your menu should include the following:
- Protein – Eating a protein-packed meal first thing in the morning will help Mom feel fuller for longer. Let’s make sure she doesn’t end up hangry on her special day!
- Fruits/veggies – Show Mom you care by including nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables in her breakfast meal. You’ll see how easy it is to pack fruits and veggies into almost any breakfast dish.
- Fiber – Our recipe ideas focus on fiber from ingredients such as whole grains and chia seeds. Fiber is great for digestive health and can help prevent blood sugar crashes.
- Healthy fats – Fats are “in” again, and with good reason! They are essential for brain health and can help with the absorption of vitamins. Mom will also appreciate the added flavor from healthy fat sources like avocado and nut butters.
Now that we’re all on the same page when it comes to the meaning of healthy, let’s build your Mother’s Day breakfast menu!
1. Customizable eggs cups
You’ve probably seen baked egg cups filled with delicious breakfast favorites on food blogs and social media pages. While they may seem difficult to make, these muffin-like egg cups are actually quite simple. Plus, you can pack them with filling protein and colorful veggies.
The best part about egg cups is that they are completely customizable, so you can give Mom a variety to choose from!
Here’s how to make ‘em:
Vegetable Egg Cups
(makes 12 egg cups)
- 12 eggs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Filling of your choice
- Caramelized onions
- Roasted red peppers
- Grated parmesan cheese
- Spinach or kale
- Sautéd mushrooms
- Fresh basil
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and use oil or cooking spray to grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt, and pepper.
- Pour the beaten eggs into each muffin tin cup, only filling the cups half way to the top.
- Add your fillings to each cup. Make sure to leave ½ inch of room at the top of the cup.
- Bake for 20 minutes at 350°F.
- Remove and serve immediately.
2. Whole grain waffles
Those keeping track at home likely noticed that the egg cup recipe above only satisfies two to three of the four components of a healthy meal. Where’s the fiber?
Whole grains such as oats, quinoa, and bulgur are fantastic sources of fiber. Instead of using white flour in your waffles, you can swap it out for fiber-filled oat flour and chia seeds.
Chia Seed Oat Waffles
(makes 8-16 waffles, depending on the size of your waffle iron)
- 3 cups oat flour
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 4½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 eggs
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil (softened)
- 1½ cups almond milk
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- Heat waffle iron to 400°F (~200°C). Make sure to use the griddle setting if you have that option.
- Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
- Whisk together the wet ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
- Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the wet ingredients into the well. Mix just enough to form a wet batter.
- Use cooking spray to grease your waffle iron before making each waffle.
- Follow your waffle iron instruction manual for batter quantity and cooking time. Generally, ½ cup of batter and 5 minutes of cooking time is the standard per waffle.
- Repeat the process until you use all of the batter.
3. Nutrient-packed smoothies
Instead of a boozy breakfast, you can offer Mom a healthy smoothie to go along with her meal. Smoothies give you the flexibility to be creative and add in tons of fruits, veggies, and healthy fats.
Here are a few smoothie recipes to get you started:
Carrot, Apple, Ginger Smoothie
- ¼ cup fresh carrot juice
- ¼ cup fresh apple juice
- ½ tablespoon fresh ginger
- 1½ cups ice
- ½ scoop vanilla whey protein
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 cup ice
Green Dream Smoothie
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup fresh kale
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- ½ cup frozen mango
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
4. Jazzed up oatmeal
Oatmeal doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Along with being a great source of soluble fiber (the kind of fiber that can help lower cholesterol), the right additions can easily turn this grain from blah to voilà. Dress up oatmeal with fruits, nuts, and savory ingredients for a breakfast dish that is sure to impress Mom.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
- Mix brown sugar, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt into a pot of oatmeal.
- Top each serving with baked apple slices and extra cinnamon.
Sweet Potato and Maple Oatmeal
- Add half the amount of baked, diced sweet potato to a pot of oatmeal.
- Stir in maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice to taste.
- Add milk or almond milk for a creamier texture.
- Top with chopped almonds.
- Add chopped cashews and diced sautéd red and yellow peppers to a pot of plain oatmeal.
- Serve with a fried egg on top and hot sauce on the side.
- Instead of oatmeal, try the above recipes using other grains such as quinoa, millet, or amaranth. (It’s okay if you have to look up that last one.)
Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Whether you’re a world-class chef or more of a PB&J culinary artist, Mom will appreciate the effort you put into making her breakfast. You can even take the festivities one step further and get special utensils and dishes for the occasion. No matter what you make for breakfast, it’s sure to bring a smile to Mom’s face this Mother’s Day.
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