Your mom hates a big breakfast. All she ever wants is a cup of coffee. You want her to have something more substantial at the beginning of the day. Is there any way to appease you both?
February is National Hot Breakfast Month. This is a great way to start your mom’s morning off right. The goal is to get her to have whole grains, vegetables or fruits, protein, and dairy at one time. Here are some of the best items to offer at breakfast when your mom doesn’t want to eat too much.
Scrambled Egg Cups.
Make a batch of scrambled eggs. Add chopped green onions, spinach, uncured turkey bacon, and cheese. Set that aside and cut large circles from slices of whole wheat bread. Carefully push the bread circles into muffin tins. Add the scrambled egg mixture and bake until the egg is set. The handheld egg cups have vegetables, protein, and grain in one handy item.
Savory Breakfast Muffins.
Most people associate muffins with a lot of fruit and sugar. They don’t have to be that way. Make a basic muffin batter omitting the sugar and swapping white-whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour. Add cheddar cheese, sage, onion, and chopped apple.
You get grains from the white-wheat flour, fruit from the apples, vegetable from the sage and onion, and protein from the egg and cheese. Serve them warm while the cheese is still melted.
Oatmeal is an easy, hearty breakfast that you can make on the stove or in the microwave. You could even make it in an Instant Pot or slow cooker if you prefer. To make it, use milk for dairy. Add dried fruits for a serving of fruit and lots of nuts to gain protein.
Make scrambled eggs and add chopped vegetables. Take a whole grain wrap or tortilla and sprinkle on some cheese. Put the eggs on top of the cheese to make sure it’s melting. Add some salsa, if desired, and ground turkey seasoned with cumin, garlic, black pepper, and chili powder. Wrap it up like a burrito for a breakfast that covers dairy, protein, vegetables, and grains.
You can make many of these items in advance. Your mom just needs to reheat them. If she can’t cook or use the microwave, caregivers from a home care agency can reheat or cook items for her.