How to Serve a Healthy Easter Brunch

There’s no holiday that speaks to the spring season quite like Easter with the cheerful decorations and sumptuous foods that accompany it. This joyous celebration is filled with family traditions that often include a festive brunch. Whether you’re hosting an Easter meal or heading elsewhere to a gathering, check out our healthy tips to help you stick to your weight-loss goals:

  1. Prepare a healthy frittata or quiche instead of one that tends to be high in saturated fat. A frittata is simply a “crustless” quiche that is easily topped with chopped vegetables, reduced-fat cheese, or other ingredients. It’s 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 ideas? Bake eggs with spinach and ham, cook up a smoked ham soufflé, or for Phase 2 serve salmon and reduced-fat cream cheese on small rounds of whole-grain bread.

     

  2. Avoid honey when glazing ham and use sugar-free fruit preserves or jams, such as apricot or orange. If you want the glaze a little sweeter you can add some sugar substitute or agave syrup (which is fine on Phase 1) to the fruit preserves, but be sure to count the preserves and syrup toward your Sweet Treats daily limit of 75 to 100 calories. If you’re not a ham fan, try Cornish hens, lean lamb chops, or sliced pork tenderloin medallions, which all lend themselves to glazing.

     

  3. Add vinegars to flavor marinades. Mix balsamic or other red wine vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh or dried herbs, and minced garlic to create a delicious marinade for lean beef or lamb. Or use champagne vinegar (a mild wine vinegar made from champagne) in a marinade for fish or poultry.

     

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

     

  5. Forgo the white rolls and bake some healthy scones. Flaky and flavorful, scones are classic brunch treats. You can bake South Beach Diet Phase 2-friendly scones using healthy ingredients such as whole-wheat pastry flour, butter-flavor vegetable oil spread, and fat-free or 1.5% buttermilk.

     

  6. Delight in dessert. Special occasions and dessert go hand in hand. A great choice on Phase 1 is a delicious ricotta cheese custard or a crustless sugar-free cheesecake topped with nuts and a drizzle of pure almond extract. On Phase 2, enjoy fresh fruit. Look for what’s seasonal at the market. If you like the occasional sweet, cut yourself a small piece of cake or select a cookie or a piece of dark chocolate. Savor it slowly, enjoying small bites.

 

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