Mother’s Day Her Way: 6 Breakfast-in-Bed Ideas

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Sure, brunch is a Mother’s Day staple. But this year, instead of making reservations, consider serving breakfast in bed. After all, few things are more indulgent to an overworked mom than sleeping past 7 a.m. Whip up a healthy breakfast (quietly), clean up your mess, then deliver the goods on a silver platter, along with a caffeinated beverage, and you’ll be daughter/son (or even dad!) of the year.

The critical ingredients for success? Meals that are quick, easy, healthy and look pretty on the plate, particularly when paired with oversized strawberries and her favorite espresso drink (or a mimosa!). Here, Julie Fromm, a registered dietitian at Henry Ford Health System, offers 6 breakfast-in-bed ideas that are sure to make mom smile:

  1. Fruit Skewers: Few foods are as simple to prepare as fruit. Dads can enlist the kids to pull grapes off the vine and wash berries while he cubes melon. Together, they can thread the fruit onto skewers, sprinkle them with powdered sugar and serve up the perfect breakfast side dish.
  2. Eggs in a Mug: Spray mom’s favorite microwave-safe mug with nonstick spray, whisk an egg with a drop of milk or water, then add your favorite extras (diced red pepper, mushrooms, spinach, herbs and feta cheese crumbles to name a few). Nuke for a minute or two and voila, an egg extravaganza.
  3. Crust-free Quiche in a Muffin Tin: These baked egg-bites taste like quiche but without the buttery-rich (and fattening) pastry. Whisk together 12 eggs and 3/4 of a cup of milk. Then add in mom’s preferred veggies and cheese (think: broccoli and cheddar or asparagus and Swiss). Pour the egg mixture into the muffin tin, pop it in a 375-degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes, and you’ll have an ideal portion-controlled meal (and leftovers, too).
  4. Pancakes in a Muffin Tin: Pancake muffins are a convenient (and mess-free) way for mom to enjoy her pancakes. Mix 2 cups of pancake mix, 2/3 of a cup of milk and 2 eggs into batter, and then get creative with mix-ins (bacon, blueberries, even chocolate chips). Pour the batter into the muffin tins until they’re about 2/3 full, and then bake in a 350-degree oven for about 15 minutes.
  5. Fruit and Yogurt Parfait: Layer plain Greek yogurt, fruit and granola in an oversized plastic wine or margarita glass. Not only do kids love spooning ingredients into layers, but mom will appreciate seeing the colorful fruits of their labor.
  6. Steel Cut Oats with Berries: Dress up steel cut oats with exotic (and healthy) extras, such as dried cherries, dried blueberries, pumpkin seeds and pistachios. Drizzle with a small amount of maple syrup for a healthy take on mom’s special day.

After you prepare the goods, decorate mom’s tray with fresh flowers, chocolate-covered berries or even a sprig or two of mint. Those special touches are sure to make mom swoon. “And if you’re a mom, don’t be afraid to ask for what you want,” says Fromm. “This is your day. Set the family up for success, so everybody wins.”


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Julie Fromm, R.D., is a community dietitian with Henry Ford Health System’s Generation With Promise program, which focuses on empowering youth and families in the community to increase their consumption of healthy foods and physical activity and balance caloric intake.

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