Healthy Brunch Edition

 

Do you have a favorite meal of the day? We love breakfast and happy hour - so naturally we love it when we can relax and enjoy a great brunch (mimosas optional) with family and friends. The combinations of sweet and savory gets us to a happy place pretty quick.

We're always looking for new ways to add more fruits and veggies to meals, and brunch makes it super easy to get in some extra servings! Not only do these plant foods improve the nutritional profile of the meal, we think they help improve the taste, texture and flavor as well.

Here's a few brunch ideas for keepin' it healthy:

HOW-TO BOOST SAVORY BRUNCH RECIPES

  • For any egg-based dish like quiches, scrambles, benedicts and overnight bakes, toss in some extra veggies. Spinach, roasted red peppers, zucchini, onions, tomatoes and broccoli are great mix-ins.

  • Oven roasted veggies, baby red potatoes and garlic make a great side dish (more veggies = more healthy).

  • Go easy on heavy sauces like hollandaise or bechamel/white sauce - these are typically loaded with butter or cream (just use less than you normally would so you can still get the flavor you love).

HOW-TO BOOST SWEET BRUNCH TREATS

  • For baked treats like muffins, pancakes or biscuits, try using whole wheat pastry flour instead of regular all purpose flour (for extra fiber and nutrients).

  • Stuff whole wheat French toast with fresh or defrosted frozen raspberries and whipped cream cheese.

  • Top pancakes, waffles and French toast with fresh fruit and 100% real maple syrup (instead of pancake syrup). Just remember maple syrup still counts as extra sugar.

  • Or skip the syrup altogether and cook frozen mixed berries in a small pot over medium heat until cooked all the way through. Then puree in a blender (or hand blender) and pour over your baked or griddled treats. (tip: test the flavor of the berries once they're cooked and if too sour, add a little honey to sweeten them up).

EXTRA BOOSTS

  • Fresh fruit never goes out of style at brunch. Add a colorful fruit salad or simply sliced on a platter to pack in extra nutrients.

  • Next-level your mimosa (or faux-mosa with sparkling water/club soda) and use fresh pressed juice or puree defrosted frozen or fresh fruits like mango, blackberry, and watermelon.

SIMPLE HEALTHY BRUNCH MENU

If you're hosting a special brunch at home, make it special with some delicious recipes and add extra touches like flowers, succulents and fun napkins to the decor.

  • Set up a coffee + tea bar or mimosa/faux-mosa bar

  • Bake our boosted Cinnamon Nutty Coffee Cake

  • Whip up some Tropical Smoothies or serve a tropical fruit salad of mango, strawberries, pineapple and dragon fruit. Let your guests feel like they're on a tropical vacation :)

  • Boost scrambled eggs by adding sautéed spinach. Then top with feta and diced tomato.

But, most of all, savor your time together. That’s what brunch is all about!