What will you serve mom on Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to cook something special for your mother.

Whether it’s breakfast in bed, a yummy lunch or relaxing dinner, fixing a meal for your mother on Mother’s Day is a great way to not only give your mother a break from cooking, but to showcase your cooking skills. It doesn’t matter if you’re cooking for your mother or for a special someone in your life, the fact that you have planned and prepared a healthy meal will be appreciated.

Start by reviewing My Plate to get ideas of what a healthy meal should include. For breakfast, you’ll want protein, dairy, grain and fruits. Here are some great ideas:

  • French toast topped with fresh fruit, low-fat sausage and a glass of low-fat milk.
  • Quiche that includes veggies along with fresh fruit and low-fat milk.
  • Scrambled eggs – plain or scrambled with colorful veggies like red and green peppers, fresh fruit and low-fat milk.

For lunch or dinner, prepare mom’s favorite dish, taking the tips from My Plate to ensure a healthy meal. If the weather cooperates, take advantage and try grilling chicken, lean beef or pork along with veggies for the first barbecue of the season. Michigan State University Extension has some great tips for barbecuing food safely.

If you’d like to top off your meal with dessert, you can simplify by serving your mother’s favorite ready-made ice-cream, topped with fresh fruit, or try a fruit pizza recipe, from Iowa State University Extension.

If there are young children in the home, having them participate in preparing the meal will not only teach them some valuable skills, but will enhance their self-esteem as they help prepare that special meal. Children as young as 3- to 4-years-old can help wash fruit and veggies, or crack and whisk eggs. If you’re preparing the fruit pizza children can decorate the pizza with assorted cut-up fruit. Young children can also be encouraged to draw a home-made card to put with mom’s special meal. Older children can help in the planning of the meal, as well as the preparation with oversight from an adult.

Whatever you cook, make mom’s special meal not only delicious but healthy for her too!

For other tips on planning healthy meals visit the MSU Extension website.

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