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A Full Menu of Appreciation – Mother’s Day Brunch Table

By Kaori Kay Cheslock, RHNC


One thing the beautiful spring weather tells us is that Mother’s Day is coming up – on Sunday May 9th to be specific. This special day is an opportunity to share our gratitude and plan loving gestures for our mother and/or a woman in our life that deserves a little extra appreciation.


The person who gave so much and raised us to become who we are today, with no weekends off of this roll – they deserve a day off on this day. And to make it extra special, why don’t you surprise them with a little Sunday brunch! On their special day they deserve to sleep-in and wake up to a beautifully decorated table with an attractive healthy meal, maybe on a patio or on a picnic table in your yard. If you don’t live with your mom, perhaps save this idea to surprise her at a near future date.

But maybe the thought that it’s hard to plan and prepare everything is holding you back? Well, we’re here to guide you through the whole table plan – the general features to focus on, for you to make the experience your own with the details… and then of course the food!

Today we are sharing some easy and healthy brunch recipes, with pretty drinks and dessert to complete the experience. All you have to do is cleanup/ pretty set-up, some grocery shopping, and roll up your sleeves and get cooking!

Let’s start with the table setting.

Following a tidy up of the area this brunch will be in, you could acquire spring flowers – either from your garden, a local supermarket, or maybe order online ahead of time if that would be an easier option in your area.

Put out a nice tablecloth first, then go the flowers, napkins, cutlery & plates. A card with a personal message on their plate would be another great touch for the occasion at hand. Have fun with this set-up, making it unique to your own mom. Theme it with her favourite colour, animal or object, or pass time for example.

Next, on that special morning, you’ll want to put on some relaxing music that’s perfect for a beautiful Mother’s Day meal.


Now, the key to making the whole meal plan come together seamlessly is to choose the recipes that are super quick and simple – yet pretty and fancy – so they will be blown away and feel extra special when they see the table.

This year, we decided to share baked eggs and protein-rich toasts with sparkling lemonade and finish the meal off with a yogurt parfait for Mother’s Day 2021.

Meal Prep Step 1: Yogurt Parfait

Serves 1

Macros per serving

Calories: 521
Protein: 33 g
Fat: 19 g
Carbohydrates: 57 g
Sugar: 31 g
Fibre: 4 g

Ingredients:
  • 175 grams nonfat plain Greek yogurt (~3/4 cups)
  • 50 grams basic granola (~1/2 cup)
  • 150 grams strawberries (~1 cup)
  • 7 grams pumpkin seeds (~1 tbsp)
  • 42 grams sugar-free syrup  (~3 tbsp)
  • cinnamon to taste
Instructions:
  1. Place the yogurt in a mixing bowl, and add the sugar-free syrup. Stir to combine.
  2. Rinse and slice the strawberries.
  3. Set a mason jar and layer the yogurt, granola, and berries, and repeat to the top.
  4. Garnish with pumpkin seeds and sprinkle the cinnamon.
  5. Place prepared parfaits in the fridge until you’re ready for dessert.

Meal Prep Step 2: Sparkling Lemonade

Serves 1

Macros per serving

Calories: 31
Protein: 0 g
Fat: 0 g
Carbohydrates: 10 g
Sugar: 4 g
Fibre: 0 g

Ingredients:
  • 250 ml club soda/ calorie free sparkling water beverage (~1 cup)
  • 3 whole lemons
  • liquid stevia (for sweetness)
  • ice cubes (to fill flutes)
Instructions:
  1. Gather champagne flutes, put in some ice cubes*.
  2. Cut the lemons into halves, allocating a few thin slices for garnish.
  3. Squeeze the lemon juice into a small bowl, being careful to remove any seeds.
  4. Pour sparkling water in the glass then add the lemon juice and stevia according to your personal preference.
  5. Stir the mixture with a small cocktail stirrer.
  6. Top off the slice of lemon and place on the table.

*If you’re feeling fancy and have them on hand, frozen strawberries make for perfect ice cubes that add a subtle delicious flavour and add to the visual appeal.

Meal Prep Step 3: Baked Eggs

Serves 1

Macros per serving

Calories: 214
Protein: 15 g
Fat: 14 g
Carbohydrates: 7 g
Sugar: 3 g
Fibre: 3 g

Ingredients:
  • 2 whole large eggs
  • 10 grams baby spinach (~1/3 cup)
  • 60 grams cherry tomatoes (~1/2 cup)
  • 30 grams brown mushrooms (~1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp grape seed oil
  • black pepper and sea salt to taste
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven at 370°F. Grease ovenproof ramekins or small baking dishes* with oil.
  2. Chop the spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms into small pieces.
  3. Transfer the vegetables into the prepared ramekins.
  4. Crack the eggs on top and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Put it in the oven and bake it for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve fresh out the oven, be careful when diving in though!

*With individual baking dishes, it is easy to make as many serving as you need for the whole family to enjoy

Meal Prep Step 4: Protein-Rich Toast

Serves 1

Macros per serving

Calories: 294
Protein: 18 g
Fat: 7 g
Carbohydrates: 24 g
Sugar: 6 g
Fibre: 1 g

Ingredients:
  • 50 grams of 100% whole wheat bread (~2 slices)
  • 60 grams smoked salmon (~1/3 cup)
  • 112 grams nonfat cottage cheese (~1/2 cup)
  • 3 grams chives (~1 tbsp)
  • black pepper and sea salt to taste
Instructions:
  1. While the egg dish(es) bake, toast the bread.
  2. Chop the chives into small pieces.
  3. Once bread is ready, add the cottage cheese and smoked salmon. Spread evenly across the surface.
  4. Garnish the toasts with chopped chives, salt and pepper.
  5. Serve warm along side eggs and lemonade.

There you have it, this meal spread is so nutritious we know your mom will be feeling great after enjoying it!

We hope this guide will serve as a helpful roadmap to a memorable brunch experience with your loved ones (change up any detail you want to make it perfect for you and your mom). It is time to prepare to celebrate a very important person on their special day.

Cheers to the amazing mothers of the world, you’re so appreciated!