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Breakfast Traditions: A Mother’s Love on a Plate

Filipinos revere food, especially breakfast. In the morning, our dining tables overflow with dishes echoing heart and heritage.  From the savory Tapsilog and Arroz Caldo to the sweet embrace of Champorado and Pandesal, mornings would not be complete without them. For Filipino mothers, breakfast transcends sustenance; it’s a love language whispered across plates.

Before dawn light paints the sky, an unsung heroine rises. In the hushed kitchen, she works her magic — slicing, simmering, sautéing. Her hands, weathered by countless meals, weave flavors into existence. The aroma of garlic dances with memories; the sizzle of protein mingles with spices. These nurturing hands, stirring pots, and ladling memories hold an unbreakable truth: health and heartfelt bonds often begin at the dining table.

This Mother’s Day, we celebrate our very own culinary artisans — the moms who infuse every recipe with devotion, transforming meal-making into an art form. Their love, simmered into stews and kneaded into dough, shapes not only our palates but also our souls.

Nurturing Through Generations

Working moms like Josie understand this sentiment. Her mornings are a delicate dance between motherhood and her culinary arts classroom. While she deeply values  home-cooked meals like Bulalo and Nilagang Gulay, her hectic schedule might not allow for elaborate preparations. 

"Mayroong mga pagkakataon talaga na hindi nakakapagluto dahil sa dami ng ginagawa o tinatanghali magising dahil sa pagod sa pag-gawa ng grades," she admits. (There are instances wherein I could not find the time to cook because of the many things I do, or because I wake up late due to fatigue from grading papers,” she admits).

On those especially busy days, Josie ensures her family gets a balanced start with options like bread, eggs, or protein-packed alternatives to start their day right. "Minsan ginagamit ko rin yung Skinnymamas Quinoa bilang kapalit ng kanin kasi mas mabilis maluto. (I sometimes use Skinnymamas’ Quinoa as an alternative to rice because it cooks faster.) I prepare it fried rice style with eggs," she shares.

Food, for Josie, is the language of love passed down through generations. The inspiration behind labor-intensive dishes like Bulalo is her mother who stretched portions to feed a hungry family. "Kahit konting karne lang, basta maraming gulay napapag-kasya niya sa aming lahat," (Even with just a little meat, as long as there were plenty of vegetables, she manages to feed all of us,) Josie recounts fondly.

Her ultimate goal is to meet her own children's dietary needs, whether through traditional comforts or convenient, healthy choices. Cereals become another tool in her nurturing arsenal. "If may budget, pwede din naman, mas low on cholesterol kasi ang cereals. Maganda din sa katawan," (If I have the budget, cereals are also an option as they are low in cholesterol. It’s also good for the body,” she muses, particularly if paired with fresh fruits rich in vitamins and minerals.

So while schedules may occasionally call for shortcuts, every meal Josie prepares is imbued with a mother's wisdom — the delicious embodiment of love, balanced nutrition, and sacred family traditions.

Short time, Big Love

Not all mothers embrace the pre-dawn kitchen marathons. Beth, a work-from-home mompreneur, juggles work with caring for her toddler son, Evan. Rather than frantic cooking sessions, she's mastered the art of quick, nutritious breakfasts.

"For breakfast, we would just eat pandesal, breads, toasts, waffles, pancakes, or cereals," Beth shares of their typical morning fare. Among her favorite easy but nutritious options are Musli Oats Crunchy Blueberry & Raspberry cereals, while little Evan is a fan of the brand's oat biscuits. "Quick breakfast ideas don't have to be unhealthy," she affirms.

Her philosophy? Efficiency is a love language. "Quick and easy breakfast ideas are not always unhealthy. I wake up late so I prepare an easy breakfast, but that doesn't define me as a bad mom." While she may not be an "early riser" preparing "heavy breakfasts" like others, this savvy mompreneur has found little acts of nurturing in simplicity.

By streamlining the morning routine, she can savor breakfast picnics and impromptu celebrations with her little one. It's a reminder that there is no one-size-fits-all formula for motherhood — a mother's love can take many forms, including the understated joy of an oatsome day.

This Mother’s Day, we celebrate not just the meals but the hands that make them. We celebrate the hearts that share them, and the heritage they preserve. To every mother who rises before the sun to pour her love into the pots and pans, your labor is the thread that weaves the fabric of our families.

Here’s to the unsung heroines—may your day be as bright and beautiful as the breakfasts you make. Your love, served fresh and healthy, is the truest form of sustenance, nurturing us from the inside out, today and every day.

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