I’m hosting a holiday brunch to my son’s ice hockey team this weekend. Come on Christmas morning and New Year’s Day, I’m going to sit down with my family to brunch, as I’m sure many of you are going to.
I just can’t think of a meal I enjoy sharing more than brunching with family and friends. Although breakfast and lunch are all too frequently hurried into today’s busy environment, brunch is a soothing meal prepared with special consideration.Do you want to learn more? Visit Plano Best Brunch.
A great midday lunch is less structured than dinner and is therefore particularly well adapted to feed a crowd. Egg dishes, meats and pastries-the cornerstones of any brunches-are simple to adapt and cater to the amount of guests. Unfortunately, any balanced diet will create havoc to traditional brunch foods. Besides carbohydrate loaded breads and pastries, salami, cheese , cream and other rich calorie-laden ingredients will render them as unhealthy as they are festive.
Fortunately, only a few dietary changes are all that it takes to enjoy this delicious meal in good health.
Happy Holiday Brunch Tips
Serve just one or two, instead of a range of baked goods. Whole grain toast or rolls are always a great choice, and can fit into most meal plans by adding a single small muffin or piece of breakfast pastry. These diabetes friendly Spicy Pumpkin Muffins are both carb-conscious and festive.
None of the usual tomato juice eggnog, reduced orange juice calories, sparkling water, and teas or coffees flavored in season. Hot chocolate without sugar is a guilt-free treat.
Holding depend on the meats. Although most breakfast meats are rich in salt, Canadian bacon and lean ham, contrasted with pork sausage and thinly sliced bacon, give a fraction of the cholesterol. Look for a reduced fat variety if you opt for sausage.
And don’t forget about the fruit. The sliced melon, orange wedges, and fresh berries give the brunch table color and health. Also fresh fruit raises sugar in the blood more slowly than fruit juices.
Last, when it comes to convenience, brunch casseroles are great but they’re just as healthy as the ingredients that go into them. Egg casseroles, whether savory or sweet, may be lightened over whole milk or cream with a mixture of eggs and liquid egg replacement and low-fat milk. Reduced-fat cheese can easily replace full-fat varieties in savory casseroles, and mushrooms and peppers are flavorful substitutes for sausage. Lower fat ingredients and a sugar substitute saves the day in sweet casseroles such as this exceptionally diabetes-friendly Baked French Toast. My favorite way of serving it is with Canadian bacon, fresh berries, syrup with reduced sugar and a side of scrambled eggs.