The only problem with “losing weight after the holidays” is that, well, it seems like there’s a holiday every month. Valentine’s Day chocolate, patriotic cookouts, and of course Easter dinner all make sticking to resolutions difficult. Fortunately, even Easter brunch can be healthy. Let’s take a look at some healthy Easter brunch ideas!
Simple Ideas for a Healthy Easter Brunch
First things first: if you are used to biscuits and gravy, trays of bacon and sausage, or (my personal favorite) gooey cinnamon rolls, adjust your expectations. Certainly, many healthy brunch recipes are available, but to stay on track, many are made with whole-grain ingredients and a lot less sugar. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean they aren’t delicious! Consider the following 8 ideas for your healthy Easter brunch.
1. Classic Quiche
There seems to be a prejudice against quiche that declares it boring. The truth is, only boring ingredients make boring meals. Not only is quiche healthy, but it is delicious, filling, and fully customizable. To spice it up for brunch, add bell peppers, onion, ham (or turkey sausage for a healthier option), spinach, and lots of seasonings. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack. Maybe leave dessert to the next option, though.
2. Carrot Cake Pancakes
Carrot cake: everyone’s favorite way of sneaking vegetables into dessert. With carrot cake pancakes (or carrot pancakes?), it becomes everyone’s favorite way of sneaking vegetables into breakfast. Keep in mind that even though carrot cake has carrots in it, the other ingredients don’t exactly scream “healthy.” To keep your carrot cake pancakes nutritious, use whole-grain ingredients like wheat flour, oats, sugar substitutes, etc. Use a light cream cheese drizzle in place of maple syrup.
3. Italian Breakfast Casserole
If quiche is a little too much work for you, consider making a breakfast casserole. Breakfast casseroles consist of eggs and anything else you want easily baked together in one dish. For a healthier option, I love an Italian breakfast casserole. Spinach or arugula, tomato, fresh basil, and mozzarella cheese make a delicious addition to the eggs and keep things on the healthier side.
4. Build-Your-Own Waffle Bar
If you need to feed a lot of people with different tastes, you can never, ever go wrong with a waffle bar. Whip up a giant stack of waffles, then let people go to town with the toppings. The only catch is that you need to make the waffles with healthy ingredients. Much like the pancakes, avoid white flour and cane sugar. Additionally, add healthy toppings to the bar. The kids can get away with whipped cream, syrup, and chocolate chips, but honey, fruit, and nuts make a healthy alternative for those who care.
5. Turkey Sausage Breakfast Burritos
Breakfast burritos are both versatile and delicious. While using flour tortillas is cheating a little bit, keeping the filling healthy balances everything out. Instead of using regular, fatty sausage, try seasoning some turkey sausage in its place. Eggs, mushrooms, spinach, tomato, onion, peppers, etc. make excellent additions to the filling.
6. Healthy Berry Streusel
Did you know you can make healthy streusel? And that it actually tastes amazing? Neither did I. If you use fresh berries, whole-grain oats, almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, etc., you end up with an amazingly sweet brunch item that costs you very few calories. Give it a shot!
7. Avocado Grilled Cheese
I love grilled cheese for every meal of the day, and a delicious breakfast grilled cheese is no exception. Try swapping regular bread out for a whole-grain bagel, then melt cheese over it with sliced avocado and fresh tomato. Make sure you use real cheese, not the 99 cent package of processed singles. It makes all the difference in the world.
8. Whole-Grain Crepes
Like the waffle bar, the trick of pulling off healthy crepes is to watch the toppings. Luckily, fresh fruit and honey make the ultimate combination.
Ready to Succeed?
Hopefully, you now feel prepared to cruise past Easter without sacrificing your health goals. That said, don’t forget to treat yourself every once in a while, even if that means using real bacon instead of turkey bacon. Life is short! Enjoy every moment.