Breakfast food has always been my favorite, so it’s pretty safe to say that Christmas morning breakfast is my favorite meal of the whole year! Growing up, my mom would make us eat an orange before we could see what Santa had brought because she knew once we began opening gifts and checking our stockings, it would be an uphill battle to get us to eat any source of nutrition the rest of the day. With my own kids, I like to wait until the excitement tapers a little and then serve a special (and nutritious) Christmas brunch. This year, I’ll be trying these ideas from my fellow Harmons dietitians:
Dietitian Ashley enjoys this Spinach Feta Quiche with Sweet Potato Crust. Start the day with more veggies by swapping out a traditional, pie crust for a bed of sweet potatoes. Your Christmas morning self will thank you for the added punch of vitamin A and fiber! The bonus of forgoing the usual dough crust is that this recipe is also gluten free.
Dietitian Megan recommends a hearty batch of oatmeal like this one, as a quick and nutritious way to feed a crowd (or family). Whole grain goodness of oats will keep you full long after the presents are unwrapped.
Dietitian Genevieve likes crepes because they cook a whole lot faster than pancakes and you can make them 100% whole wheat without getting too dense of a product. This Curly Crepes recipe from Dietitian Heather would be extra pretty and festive for Christmas. Consider adding sliced fruit to the middle to make it more nutritious and of course, large drizzles of Harmons chocolate almond butter!
Dietitian Jonnell suggests a make-your-own breakfast sandwich buffet with whole grain bread and English muffins, eggs scrambled with vegetables your family enjoys (fresh basil and tomatoes would be delicious and festive), sliced cheeses, and toppings like sliced avocado, onion, and tomato. Slice up the toppings and vegetables for the eggs Christmas Eve (toss avocado slices with lemon juice), and all you’ll have to do Christmas morning is put out the toaster, your prepared toppings and condiments, and scramble the eggs. Add a fruit tray for a little healthy sweetness, with no prep required.
What will you be enjoying on your plate Christmas morning? Merry Christmas and happy eating from your Harmons Dietitians.