Perhaps Sundays are one of your favorite days of the week. Sundays are a time to relax and take time for yourself or meet up with family and friends. For many, this comes with the tradition of Sunday brunch. Belgian waffles, muffins, maple syrup, whipped cream, bacon, sausage and many other delicious treats it is easy to overindulge. When you overindulge, this may mean spending the afternoon in a food-coma. It doesn’t have to be this way though. You can enjoy your Sunday brunch without ruining the rest of your day.
Consider topping your pancakes with at least one fruit (however, remember the more the better). Cherries, apples, bananas, blueberries and raspberries can make great (and healthy) additions to your pancakes. Fruit is sweet and may even cause you to skip out on smothering your pancakes with maple syrup.
Remember that grains make a healthy breakfast. Oatmeal, brown rice or quinoa all make for hearty, satisfying, delicious and healthy breakfast options. To make these foods even more appealing, consider adding nuts, fresh fruit or a little yogurt.
Don’t forget about protein and fiber. You can put your cravings for eggs to good use! Mix eggs with vegetables and beans for plenty of protein and fiber. This will give you plenty of energy to help keep you enjoying your entire Sunday. You’ll have plenty of energy for all your favorite Sunday activities – even if that means cheering your favorite football team on in front of the television.
Opt for a healthy spread for your bagels. Remember that cream cheese is a much more healthy option than butter. Cream cheese contains less calories and saturated fat than butter. Another option is nut butters. These butters are high in protein and good for you.
Opt for muffins and cereal with whole flaxseeds. This can add fiber to your diet as well as omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for improving your overall health.
If opting for cereal, consider mixing multiple different cereals together. This will give you a variety of tastes and textures, while increasing the nutritional value of your meal.
You do not have to sacrifice what for some is the best meal of the week. The trick is to watch your portion sizes and choose healthy brunch items.