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Pamper mom with these easy but impressive breakfast dishes.

Most moms welcome a break from the kitchen. And what better day than Mother's Day to show your mom how much you love her? To set the tone for a day of pampering, surprise mom with a special Mother's Day breakfast in bed. Or gather the family around the kitchen table to celebrate the beginning of her special day.

You don't need to be a talented cook to whip up a wonderful Mother's Day breakfast. With a little creativity and an attractive presentation, even a simple meal will delight mom. (It also means that even young kids can be involved in the preparation.) Just be sure to plan ahead so you have all the ingredients on hand.

Keep It Healthy

Do mom a favor by serving up a meal that's healthy as well as tasty. After all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After a long night's sleep, food acts as fuel to get the body's engine started.

Here are the components of a healthy breakfast:

  • Whole-grain carbohydrates (like breads, cereals, and waffles).
  • Lean protein or low- or non-fat dairy (like eggs, yogurt, cheese, milk, and tofu).
  • Healthy fats (nuts, seeds, flaxseed, healthy oils).
  • Fruit, 100% fruit juice, and/or vegetables.

Since it's a special day, you may want to branch out beyond the same old cereal and toast. Try taking one of mom's favorite breakfast dishes and jazzing it up. Mix flavors, textures, and colors for variety and eye appeal. If you want to try something different, why not serve mom her favorite lunch for breakfast?

Brew a pot of coffee or her favorite tea. For a special addition, make a mock Mimosa: Add sparking water or ginger ale to orange juice, and garnish with a fresh strawberry wedged onto the rim of the glass.

Get up early on Mother's Day, and be quiet so you won't wake mom before breakfast is ready. Choose a menu that is easy for you to prepare and clean up. You can save time and steps by starting with foods that are already prepped, like cut-up fruit or vegetables.

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