Nothing says spring like a gentle rain, buds bursting forth, flowers blooming, birds chirping with the morning’s light… and Mother’s Day! To some families, Mother’s Day means serving breakfast in bed to that extraordinary person who loves, nurtures, drives the kids to piano lessons and little league, helps them with their homework and tucks them in at night.  And that’s just for starters! Letting your kids help prepare a special breakfast for that special person can be a fun and exciting way for them to say, “Thanks, Mom!”

Encouraging your kids to get involved in the kitchen is a great way to have fun together, share experiences and to teach them the importance of smart eating! Mother’s Day breakfast can be a delicious, healthy and positive way to start her day. Try these easy-to-make, kid-friendly breakfast treats:

  • Peach Pie Smoothie:  Simply throw peaches, yogurt and a few other ingredients into the blender for a quick and easy breakfast for mom!
  • Florentine Egg Muffins: These are perfect for getting the kids involved! They’re filing and nutritious, plus extra can be reheated throughout the week for on-the-go breakfasts.
  • French Toast with Macerated Strawberries:  Macerating, or crushing strawberries, is a way to bring out their sweetness, soften them up and create a sweet syrup at the same time. Who doesn’t love the irresistible flavor of strawberries and French toast?
  • Gluten-free Crepes:  Whether mom prefers strawberries, blackberries or blueberries, they’re all good! These wonderful wafer-thin French pancakes called crepes, enhanced with light sauces and fillings, satisfy today’s passion for succulent, tasty food. Crepes are best for those with a little more culinary experience, but toppings can always be added to homemade pancakes or waffles.

There are so many fun and creative ways kids can help with meal preparation. What a wonderful way to spend time with them and catch up on what’s going on in their lives! And if breakfast doesn’t turn out quite the way you had planned, don’t worry.  A mother is also someone who will love you even if you burn the toast!