Healthy makeover: Mother's day breakfast in bed

I’m all for a celebratory big breakfast with all the trimmings to celebrate a special occasion, but if your mum is working towards a personal health goal and you know she would prefer a healthy breakfast to celebrate her big day, here are a few options for you!

Swap packet hash browns with homemade hash browns loaded with veggies

The hash browns from a packet are typically deep fried - high in fat and low in nutrition. Make your own by combining shredded sweet potato with other veggies and herbs like corn, carrot and basil. Spray some olive oil in a pan and grill them until they’re browned, and then pop them in the oven to cook through.

 Swap Bacon with salmon

We want to be minimising processed meats like bacon, salami and ham as much as possible. They contain nasties that can increase our risk of bowel cancer, as well as salt and saturated fat that isn’t very heart friendly. Oily fish like salmon is a great source of heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids for good health.

 Swap butter with avocado

We all need some fat in our diet - but it’s the type that matters. Avocado is a great alternative to butter - especially for those who are watching their cholesterol. For something a little more special, mash some feta and lemon juice through the avocado and make an avo ‘smash’.

Swap pancakes for no sugar ‘fruit pancakes’

Use ripe mashed banana, berries or dates to add sweetness and nutrition instead of sugar in your pancake recipe. If you want to make it really easy - simply combine two eggs with one large mashed banana! Top with freshly cut strawberries. 

Swap fruit juice to freshly cut fruit

It is always better to eat fresh fruit rather than drink the juice. With the juice, you get all the sugar and none of the fibre. It’s a great idea to buy fruit that’s in season. In May that includes apples, kiwi fruit and pears.

Swap chocolate pastries to porridge topped with hazelnut spread.

Oats are packed with soluble fibre, vitamins and minerals. Add some sweetness with a dollop of hazelnut spread and it’s like you’re having dessert for breakfast!

Putting it all together

For the mum who loves a big breakfast: poached eggs on multigrain toast with avocado, a side of grilled tomato and a fresh fruit salad.

For the trendy mum: smoothie bowl sprinkled with chopped almonds, chia seeds and goji berries.

For the mum with a sweet tooth: banana pancakes topped with freshly cut strawberries.

The chocolaholic mum: Porridge topped with a dollop of hazelnut spread, chopped hazelnuts and fresh berries.

Don’t forget the presentation. Jazz up the breakfast tray with a handwritten note, berries arranged in a heart shape and a flower picked from the garden. It’s the little things that count.

 

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