How To Stay Healthy While Eating Out At Brunch
Who doesn’t love brunch? Just because you are eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to skip your weekly brunch with friends! It’s all about making the right choices so that you can enjoy a meal outside of your kitchen once and a while.
Here are the best choices for brunch that you should be able to find one or more of on any brunch menu:
Bowl of fruit – Go for the melon and/or berries which have the lowest sugar. Fruits with the greatest amount of sugar include tropical fruits such as banana, pineapple, mango – go easy on these tropical fruits.
Eggs benedict – Request for some greens to serve as the “bun” for the eggs and skip the english muffin. Also ask for hollandaise on the side – restaurants typically smother your eggs in so much hollandaise that you can’t even taste the rest of the meal. Take back the control and ask for this on the side.
Egg omelette – With lots of veggies. Again skip the breakfast potatoes or toast. If you are extra hungry then add some more fat in the form of avocado, guacamole, or cheese, or consider adding another protein like ground turkey if this is an option.
Egg white omelette – If you are not feeling egg yolks, this is also a great option. Ask to have it made with lots of veggies and hold the breakfast potatoes. Egg whites have zero fat so consider bulking them up with healthy fat such as avocado, guacamole, or cheese (if you can tolerate).
Scrambled eggs – With lots of veggies. Depending how hungry you are, you could consider adding avocado, guacamole, or cheese for some extra fat or another serving of protein such as turkey. Note: be weary of sausage or bacon which are processed meats and may also have had sugar added to them.
Eggs – When in doubt, order a side of 3-4 eggs. Poached is best because the eggs are cooked in water without any added oil.
Oatmeal – PLAIN. No added raisins/maple syrup/brown sugar/honey/agave etc. Berries are ok. This is your choice only if you are really craving something carb heavy or sweet, and if you are between this and ordering the stack of pancakes. Add some cinnamon on top to blunt the blood sugar increase that comes with eating carbs.
Prosecco – Mimosas are over-rated. Why waste any of that tiny flute space on some high sugar syrupy, over-processed orange juice? Prosecco has enough sweetness in itself, but if you must, ask for just a splash of OJ.
Dry white wine – “dry” is code for low sugar. Under all circumstances go for the drier wines such as sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. Stay away from riesling or white zinfandel tend to basically be grape juice.
Dry rose – Rose in general is pretty sweet. so a dry rose may be hard to find, but still worth asking if the restaurant has one available.
About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy-league trained Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in California and New York State with an expertise in preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab