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Celebrate Mother's Day With Fresh & Healthy Morning Favorites

Treating Mom to a special meal in honor of Mother's Day is a favorite holiday tradition that lets her know how much she is loved and appreciated. This Mother's Day, honor her with a relaxing breakfast or brunch that is not just delicious, but healthy too. By highlighting the freshest foods of the spring season, and showcasing delicious, nutrient-rich favorites, you can lighten up the morning, and get her special day off to a fantastic start.

Omelets and frittatas are sophisticated, simple, and often served at special breakfasts and brunches. Made with eggs and an array of ingredients, these traditional dishes can easily take on a healthy twist for the main course of the morning. Eggs are a healthy breakfast choice, as one egg provides 5.5 grams of protein and only 68 calories, and they are also a source of choline, a nutrient important for brain health and function. If you choose to feature an omelet or frittata in your Mother's Day menu, consider incorporating ingredients that pack a big flavor punch, and provide vitamins and nutrients as well, for an extraordinary morning entree!

These tasty ingredients are wonderful additions to a healthy lifestyle, and a healthy Mother's Day menu! They beautifully enhance an array of egg dishes, from omelets and frittatas to simple scrambled eggs.

Bell Peppers - Spice things up a bit by adding diced bell peppers to your favorite egg dish. They are excellent sources of Vitamin C and A, and contain Vitamin B6 and Folic Acid.

Black pepper - A classic seasoning used in nearly every savory recipe, black pepper is a must-have ingredient. It stimulates the taste buds and improves digestion, and has been shown to have significant antibacterial and antioxidant effects.

Feta - Rich and tangy, feta adds more than just flavor to omelets and frittatas. This cheese is a source of Zinc, Calcium, Riboflavin and Vitamin B12.

Goat Cheese - Prized for its distinctive tangy flavor and wonderful texture, goat cheese is terrific crumbled into egg dishes, and is a source of not only Calcium, but protein, Potassium, phosphorous and Riboflavin, as well.

Oregano - Perfect paired in an egg dish with feta, nutrient-dense oregano adds a warm, aromatic taste of the Mediterranean to dishes. It is a very good source of fiber, and contains numerous phytonutrients.

Parmigiano Reggiano - Delightful sprinkled down over a warm frittata (an Italian omelet), Parmigiano Reggiano has a slightly fruity yet piquant flavor. It's one of the healthiest cheeses you can eat, as it is lower in fat than many cheeses because it is made from skimmed or partially skimmed cow's milk.

Rosemary - Wonderfully aromatic and flavorful, rosemary has a rich, pine-like taste that is also wonderful with diced, roasted potatoes and eggs. It can help increase circulation, stimulate the immune system, and improve concentration.

Tomatoes - Ripe and juicy diced tomatoes add bursts of color and flavor to egg dishes. Plus, tomatoes contain Lycopene, a carotenoid that is believed to have cancer-preventing properties.

Bagels, lox and cream cheese are a favorite for brunch. For a healthier version, try whole-wheat bagels spread with reduced fat cream cheese. Top it off with luxurious smoked salmon and slices of ripe tomatoes and onion. Salmon is rich with heart-healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids, and is a source of nutrients such as Selenium, protein, Niacin and Vitamin B, while onions contain Vitamin C and numerous Flavonoids.

Complete the feast with a flavorful fruit medley of sweet and healthy springtime treats like strawberries, apricots, mangoes and pineapple. Serve with freshly squeezed fruit juices and you have a Mother's Day feast filled with fresh, vibrantly flavored foods that she'll feel good about indulging in!

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