How to Serve a Healthy Mother's Day Brunch

There’s no better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with a healthy, delicious brunch. Invite your Mom (aunts and grandmothers too!) and make it clear the guests won’t be doing a bit of the cooking — or the clean-up! We’ve made it easy for you to prepare a nutritious, South Beach Diet–friendly brunch your whole family will love. Simply follow the healthy guidelines below:

 

  1. Prepare a healthy frittata or quiche. A frittata, simply a “crustless” quiche that is topped with chopped vegetables, reduced-fat cheese, or other ingredients such as natural uncured, smoked ham, is ideal for Phase 1 dieters. If you’re preparing a traditional quiche on Phase 2, be sure to choose whole-wheat or whole-grain pastry flour rather than white flour when making the crust. Other fresh egg ideas? Bake eggs with spinach and Canadian bacon or cook up a mushroom soufflé.

     

     

  2. Avoid honey when glazing ham and instead use sugar-free fruit preserves or jams, such as apricot or orange. If you want a slightly sweeter glaze add a little agave nectar (which is fine on Phase 1) to the fruit preserves, but be sure to count the preserves and nectar toward your Sweet Treats daily limit of 75 to 100 calories. If you prefer other lean meats, try Cornish hens, lean lamb chops, or sliced pork tenderloin medallions, which all lend themselves to glazing.

     

     

  3. Season meat using fresh or dried herbs, such as parsley, basil, thyme, mint, oregano, and/or rosemary, to boost flavor. All of these are also great for flavoring baked chicken or turkey, and for soups, stews, and salads.

     

     

  4. Add vinegars to flavor marinades. For example, mix balsamic vinegar with extra-virgin olive oil, herbs, and garlic to create a delicious steak marinade. Or use champagne vinegar (a mild wine vinegar made from champagne) for marinating fish and poultry.

     

     

  5. Roast or grill vegetables using healthy oils, not butter. Extra-virgin olive oil and canola oil are unsaturated oils that bring out the natural flavors of roasted and grilled vegetables such as asparagus, zucchini, sweet onions, and bell peppers.

     

     

  6. Forgo the white rolls and bake some healthy scones. Flaky and flavorful, scones are classic brunch treats. You can bake South Beach Diet–friendly scones using healthy ingredients such as whole-wheat pastry flour, trans-fat-free margarine (vegetable oil spread), 1.5% buttermilk, and a dried fruit of your choice.

     

     

  7. Delight in dessert. Special occasions and dessert go hand in hand. A great choice on Phase 1 is a delicious ricotta cheese custard or crustless sugar-free cheesecake topped with chopped walnuts or toasted pine nuts. On Phase 2, enjoy fresh fruit; look for what’s seasonal at the market. If you want to celebrate with something more decadent, cut yourself a small piece of cake or pie, or enjoy a piece of dark chocolate. Savor it slowly, enjoying small bites.

 

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