Weekend brunch is one of my favorite meals, but with all the deliciously decadent foods to choose from, like a Belgian waffle smothered in maple syrup and whipped cream, it's easy to overindulge. To avoid having to spend the entire afternoon in a coma on the couch, here are some tips for making your weekend breakfast as healthy as it is satisfying.
- Load pancake batter with fruit: Mix in at least three different kinds of fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, cut-up cherries, apples, or bananas. With all that fresh, warm fruit, you might even skip the maple syrup.
- Don't stop at oatmeal: Any cooked grain makes a hearty and satisfying breakfast. Cook up some brown rice, farro, quinoa, polenta, or millet and add yogurt, nuts, and fresh fruit.
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- Combine protein with fiber: If you're craving eggs, mix them with veggies and beans. The protein/fiber combo will keep you full and give you sustained energy all morning — perfect if you have a long workout planned afterward.
- Choose plain yogurt over flavored: Add your own chopped fruit or homemade fruit puree to plain yogurt and you'll avoid the added sugars often found in flavored yogurts. For even more protein, go with Greek yogurt.
- Don't slack on the flax: Whether you're baking muffins, cooking up some flapjacks, or enjoying a simple bowl of cereal, sprinkle some whole flaxseeds or flaxmeal for added fiber and an omega-3 boost.
- When it comes to smoothies, go green: Add spinach and avocado to your fruit smoothie and you won't even notice these nutritious fiber-filled foods are in there.
- Choose the healthiest spread: When grabbing a bagel for breakfast, cream cheese is much healthier than butter since it contains fewer calories and less saturated fat. Nut butters are also great options since they're high in protein.
- Mix cereals: If you need to grab a quick weekend breakfast, instead of a plain old boring bowl of one type of cereal, get creative and mix at least three different kinds. Not only will the varying flavors and textures appeal to your palate, but you'll also get a variety of your nutritional needs met.