Mother’s Day is here once again, the one day a year where we spend morning until night spoiling and celebrating the most important woman in our lives. No matter what you have planned for your mom this mother’s day, today’s article will help you make sure you start the day off on a happy, healthy and delicious note.
In order to come up with the “Ultimate Healthy Mother’s Day Brunch” I took two things into consideration:
- The vitamins and minerals that the average Canadian woman tends to fall short in.
Keeping those points in mind, I came up with a two-course brunch described below. I will describe not only how to prepare each dish, but also why each of the components are important to your mother’s health and happiness.
If you can’t take your mom to Paris this mother’s day, the least you could do is prepare her some French toast.
Here is what you need:
4 Slices of Whole Grain Bread – Because your mom deserves high fibre whole grains. If you want to know whether or not variety bread is whole grain, look for those two words as the first two on the ingredients list.
2 Eggs – 2 whole eggs, because the yolks contain vitamin D which many people don’t get enough of in their diet and which is very important for your mom’s bone health, among other things.
½ to 1 tsp of cinnamon, vanilla extract & nutmeg – Because your mom deserves deliciousness.
1/2 cup of Milk or Soy Milk – Whichever variety you have at home, calcium for your mom’s bones which is very important especially if she is over the age of 50. Milk is also fortified with vitamin A which some moms may also fall short in.
- Whisk cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, eggs and milk in a shallow dish or plate.
- Heat a pan or skillet to medium heat with whichever vegetable oil you have at home.
- Dip bread in mixture from step 1 and cook both sides until golden brown in pan from step 2.
- Serve to your mother with as much maple syrup as her heart desires.
Now that the main dish has been served, it is time for a healthy desert.
Here is what you need:
1 ½ cups of Plain Greek Yogurt – I reiterate again that calcium consumption and bone health are extremely important consideration for Canadian women, and we want to make sure your mom gets enough on her special day.
~1 Handful of Chopped Almonds and/or Sunflower Seeds – Your mother is worth the effort required to finely chop these nuts/seeds, which are important sources of magnesium, folate and fibre that she may fall short in.
½ Sliced Banana and Berries to taste – Fruit is packed with a variety of vitamins, minerals and other healthy compounds that will help keep your mom healthy. Most moms don’t eat their full requirement of fruits on a daily basis, so it’s up to you to help her out on this one.
Instructions: Place the yogurt into a bowl and completely top with the surface with the chopped almonds and sunflower seeds. Aesthetically place the banana slices and berries on top of the nut/seed surface, potentially in the shape of a heart or smiley face to show your mother that you love her.
There you have it folks, my ultimate healthy Mother’ Day brunch. I hope you found today’s article helpful, healthy and humourous and I wish all the awesome moms out there a fabulous day.
Andy De Santis RD MPH
Andy is a private practice dietitian and avid nutrition blogger from Toronto. You can learn more about him, his writing and his services at AndyTheRD.com