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With Mother’s Day approaching, why not make an epic breakfast in bed for the special mother or “like a mother” lady in your life (or yourself)? Homemade is best made, so show you care by preparing a wonderful nutrition-packed meal to fuel and pamper her. Here are some delicious ideas to get you started.

1. Assemble a mouthwatering breakfast sandwich

Create a savory breakfast sandwich by layering your mother’s favourite sliced cheese, sunny side up egg, sliced bacon (or turkey bacon), sliced tomato and lettuce between two slices of Queen Street Bakery Romano bean sliced loaf. Comparable to a sourdough, this soft, chewy and mild flavoured loaf offers a lovely crunch while the filling provides a just-right chewy texture. This earthy loaf pairs well with eggs done any way your mother likes them and cheese of virtually any kind. If you want to go with something simpler, try sliced brie, sliced pear and some sautéed shallots (and a handful of arugula) between two slices of this loaf or Queen Street Bakery’s Cinnamon Raisin bread.

2. Spiralize a zoodle salad

Add a healthy bowl of spiraled vegetables like zucchini, carrot or beetroot by using a spiralizer kitchen gadget. Add a nice homemade dressing and garnish with freshly chopped herbs. Spiralized vegetables not only look pretty and colourful when plated, they also offer nutritional punch.

3. Whip up a quick quinoa side

Quinoa is a versatile side dish and an excellent substitution for nutrient-lacking white rice. Your mother will thank you for the extra (complete) protein and nutrients it will fuel her with, including magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. Boil organic gluten-free quinoa in the evening, let it cool and add diced tomato, cucumber and green onion. Store your quinoa in an air-tight container in the fridge overnight. Before serving, drizzle with olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Add a pinch of salt. You can also cook up quinoa like oatmeal with butter, cinnamon and raisins.

4. Make a mock porridge

Put two tablespoons of chia seeds and two tablespoons of hemp hearts in a bowl. Add any milk of your choice and cereal toppings your mother loves, such as Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, berries, raisins or other dried fruit, cacao chips, cinnamon or honey. This bowl of “porridge” will fuel your mother with protein, antioxidants, fiber, essential fats, calcium, iron, zinc and vitamins D and B.

5. Design a Pretty Yogurt Parfait

Make mom a luscious yogurt parfait with 2 cups of yogurt, 1 cup of granola and 10 berries of
your choice (if using strawberries, be sure to slice them first). Or simply use what you have in the fridge—parfaits can work out with any type of sliced soft fruit. In a large clear glass, layer 1
cup yogurt, 1/2 cup granola and 5 berries. Repeat with a second layer for a treat that looks like a
piece of art! You can get creative with some favourite toppings as well.

6. Do it up with a lovely sparkling drink and berries

Serve breakfast with a glass of unsweetened Perrier or soda water with fresh lemon. A small glass of dry Champaign (or sparkling water) with pure orange juice makes a nice treat if you want something fancier. Pair the beverage with few strawberries topped with a drizzle of melted dark chocolate and voila—the perfect breakfast in bed!

About the Author: Living with celiac disease, Lisa Cantkier is a writer and educator focused on nutrition and health.

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