Read These Tips Before The Summer Brunch Craze Hits
Summer is almost here and that means more brunch! When the sun comes out, you just want to stretch out across some benches at a trendy brunch spot, sip on mimosas and share French toast and frittatas for hours. For some reason, warm weather just inspires long meals, and long meals inspire a lot of eating. If you want a bikini body and you want to attend weekly brunch with your friends, you’re in a bit of a pickle. Restaurants don’t exactly make a name for themselves by serving oatmeal and egg whites. Brunch menus are typically filled with butter, bread and bacon, and any recipe that might incorporate those. But that’s not what you’d be eating if you had breakfast at home. So before the summer brunch craze hits, read these tips.
Have a little breakfast
Brunch falls at a weird time—people usually suggest an 11 am seating. If you don’t eat breakfast, you’ll arrive starving and gorge on everything. Have a little breakfast (maybe some Greek yogurt with fruit or two eggs on whole grain toast) so you can have more control at brunch.
Have tea or coffee before ordering
Have tea or coffee before ordering, both of which make you feel full. Once these liquids have filled up your tummy, you may think the sky-high stack of pancakes isn’t the best idea.
Get these egg dishes
Try omelets with lots of veggies. As for protein, try adding feta cheese or turkey. Scrambles and frittatas are also healthy.
Not these egg dishes
Eggs benedict, quiche, steak and eggs and the breakfast sandwich are all loaded with calories and fat and should be avoided.
Don’t even touch that bread basket
You’re probably going to have carbs in some capacity—perhaps your short stack of pancakes or your hash browns—so don’t waste them on the free bread basket.
Eat plenty of fruit
At lunch and dinner you load up on vegetables, and at brunch, you should load up on fruit. Fruit is high in fiber and water, and low in calories, so it will fill you up without fattening you up.
Split things like this
Everybody at the table wants French toast, or the chicken and waffles, but nobody wants to sacrifice their waistline and order these items solo. So get one or two for the table to share.
And get toppings like these
Opt for fresh fruit, cottage cheese, almond butter, cinnamon and nuts for sweet things. As for savory items, add avocado, chevre, Greek yogurt or cottage cheese.
Skip these toppings
Do not add Nutella, whipped cream, syrup, honey, Belgian chocolate, butter or compote. While we’re at it, don’t add ice cream!
Get to know the buffet
If you must eat at a buffet, take a good look around before making your selection. Everything looks good when you don’t know what’s up next, but if you can compare all of the items, you can be more selective.
But get a la carte if possible
If at all possible, don’t eat from the buffet and order a-la-carte instead. When you eat at a buffet, you always end up over-eating because you want to “get your money’s worth” but you end up bloated and lethargic.
Don’t do the bottomless drinks
They’re tempting, but they’re going to send all of your self-control out the window. Plus, you rarely drink enough alcohol to make the price worth it.
Opt for bloody marys
Mimosas have a lot of sugar, so go for the bloody marys. These are very low in sugar, and offer some health points by way of vitamins. Plus, you’ll get a bigger buzz from fewer since they contain vodka instead of champagne.
But don’t opt for the bloody mary buffet
Just get a plain bloody mary: don’t pay extra for the bloody mary bar. Then you’ll end up adding salami sticks and blue cheese-stuffed olives to what once was a healthy beverage.
Try these high-protein options
Don’t go for the obvious egg and batter dishes. There are some other tasty, high-protein options like the smoked salmon platter and the shrimp cocktail.
Fix your bread
Scoop the insides out of your bagel, baguette, English muffin…you get the idea. You can save yourself a lot of carbs this way, and make room for the best part—the filling!
Split these dishes
It’s hard to choose between the pancakes and the omelet, which may drive you to get both. But there is a good chance your friend is dealing with the same dilemma and would happily split these dishes with you.
Beware of the salads
Brunch salads are usually the fatty kinds, like cobb salad which is more bacon and blue cheese than it is vegetables.
Choose bacon over sausage
Believe it or not, bacon is the healthier option. Bacon has fewer calories, less fat and less sodium than sausage.
Talk to your friends!
You are here to socialize, after all. Focus on your friends and you may not focus as much on the stack of pancakes your friend left in the middle of the table.