7 Healthy Breakfasts That Will Show Mom the Love
Whether your mother is a recent kale convert or wouldn't touch health food with a ten-foot-fork, one of these dishes is sure to match her unique brand of awesomeness. Here's what to make if ...
... your mom is on a whole-grain kick: Blueberry Almond French Toast (above)
When it comes to brunch, you just can't beat French toast -- and lucky for you, this one is a cinch to throw together. Assemble slices of a whole-wheat baguette, soak them in batter and scatter blueberries and almonds on top the night before. The next morning, just plunk the dish in the oven and bake.
… your mom has always been a health superstar: Zucchini "Hash Browns" with Eggs
You had the mom who was always buying brown rice? And almond milk? Like, before they were cool? Then she will appreciate this virtuous version of hash browns. Zucchini replaces the usual potatoes while fried eggs deliver a hearty hit of protein. Serving it up with whole-wheat toast helps pack in fiber -- and makes it easier to mop up the egg-y goodness. For dessert: A smoothie loaded with berries, bananas, vanilla yogurt and just a touch of honey.
... your mom has just discovered kale: Kale Eggs Benedict
Show her what the leafy-green darling of the produce aisle is truly capable of. Here, kale and sliced tomato make a surprising appearance in a cleaner-eating riff on eggs Benedict. Mayo and whole-grain mustard join forces for a lighter version of the typical hollandaise sauce.
... your mom is willing to give chia seeds a try: Giada's Chia Seed Pudding
So she was the one to encourage you to be an adventurous eater? Then she's ready for chia seeds, the tiny nutritional powerhouses loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Here, they get mixed with almond milk, low-fat Greek yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla extract to create a decadent, tapioca-like pudding.
… your mom wouldn't step foot in a health-food store: Cinnamon Bread Twists
This healthier take on oversized cinnamon rolls will have mom asking: What food court? Whole-wheat flour ups the fiber ante while apple butter, brown sugar and cinnamon deliver seductive flavor.
Ditching gluten doesn't have to spell deprivation. This Tex-Mex favorite is sure to satisfy: Perching protein-rich black beans and a sunny-side-up egg on a corn tortilla, rather than a flour one, helps keep the g-word out of the picture.
… your mom is a chocoholic: Chocolate Banana Nut Oatmeal
In this decadent version of oatmeal, cocoa powder teams up with almond milk, bananas and honey to create an oatmeal breakfast that for once doesn't feel dutiful. There's even a handful of chocolate chips tossed in at the end.
Abigail Libers is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She is also the creator and editor of notesonfatherhood.tumblr.com.