The Mother of all Brunches

This Mother’s Day, celebrate mom, not the buffet!

The annual day to celebrate the main lady in our lives comes along with a lot of warm and fuzzy feelings. Everyone gathers together, there’s flowers and candies and of course talk about all the mother’s days past. It’s a family day by definition and the one day where moms proudly get to declare “be nice, it’s mother’s day!” And because wherever mom is, home will always be, there’s a nice sense of comfort this day. Which goes without saying we all inherently want to do the most comforting thing: eat.

Since it’s a Sunday, most folks end up at some sort of brunch or early dinner. It’s true, you might be surrounded by sabotaging family members -- like your great Aunt Geraldine who chases you around the kitchen table urging you just to taste her tiramisu -- but come on your mom taught you better than that! You can survive no matter where the day might take you and just have fun honoring that lady you love so much.

Do it for mama!

If brunch is at a restaurant…

Choice-wise, you could be perfectly fine with this route. Most brunch menus come fully stocked with egg-white omelets chock full of veggies and yumminess. You could always get two eggs poached or scrambled and pair with some wheat toast and even some ham. The only trouble you might run in to is a lot of brunch spots have very tempting drink specials. Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers, oh my! Many would go straight for the Bloody Mary, citing “tomato juice” and the celery stick swizzler. But this baby is packed with salt – which will only make you want sweet. Two Bloody Marys, one large pastry later… and you’ve got a Mother’s day massacre. Instead, toast mom with just a glass of champagne and skip the OJ to avoid the extra sugar. And come on, it’s brunch! No matter how nuts your mother-in-law makes you it doesn’t warrant a liquid breakfast.

If brunch is at a relative’s house…

Ok, this is probably the stickiest situation you’ll find yourself in, (literally – there’s Aunt Geraldine with her ooey, gooey, temptation of love, tiramisu again,) but don’t panic! The spread usually goes something like pastries, bagels, and all the fixins. Feel free to have half a bagel, (if it’s what you crave it satisfies the urge and also won’t inspire your mom and her crazy sisters to come chirping that you don’t eat enough.) Pick a whole wheat or pumpernickel bagel with a little cream cheese (a little more if they’ve armed you with fat free) cucumber, lettuce, any veggies you can get your hands on. There will probably be fruit salad so go for something like that.

If brunch is hosted by you…

If you managed to convince the masses to come to your place, then good on you! The ball is in your court and you’ve got this. Cut corners wherever you can – Tropicana makes a great 50 percent less sugar OJ, make you mimsies with that, stock your spread with fat free cream cheese. Salsas and even black bean dips like this one make great mix-ins for omelets and with some fat free cheese and sour cream on top… a fiesta for your mouth and your madré!

For something a little sweet and different, combine 4-6 egg whites, cinnamon, vanilla extract, agave or splenda whipped for 4-5 minutes (think meringue for consistency). Spray a pan with nonstick and pour in a serving. Right before you fold over your blintz, add a little part skim ricotta or cottage cheese mixed with blueberries. Fold over and serve up! Not much to them, no recipe needed – just like mama used to make!


Heather Bauer, RD CDN
Heather Bauer, RD CDN

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