Breakfast, Brunch, Brinner, you get it. Breakfast foods are my favourite. Pancakes, waffles, eggs, fruit, a combination of one of or all of these foods appeal to almost everyone. It is also my favourite "date" to set up with friends or family. Brunch out is always a nice treat and it happens to be one of the easiest meals to "modify" and make healthy while eating out. I am going to write an entire guide on "eating healthy out" but this post is how to create a pinterest worthy brunch that is easy, fun, and healthy at home.
1. Use things you have in your fridge/pantry when possible. What I mean by this is, do not overcomplicate it. Don't go out and buy 100$ worth of ingredients that you won't use again or try recipes that have 10 steps. This is brunch and while its fun to get creative and "impress" you will likely regret overspending. Simplicity and experience mean so much more than attempting the perfect rhubarb compote #huhwhat.
2. Know your audience. If you know that your best friend lives for waffles, create a healthy version (recipe included at the bottom) that will impress his/her tastebuds and leave them feeling satisfied instead of in a carb coma. If your husband loves Eggs Benedict, look up some simple hollandaise recipes that are a little more heart healthy and make it your mission to have it be a secret that it's #health. Try and build your menu based on who is coming, its always fun trying new healthy spins on your guests favourite items! It makes the experience fun and makes your guest feel #extra.
3. Table setting. This is something that I feel gives brunch or any meal that extra "little something". Do not over complicate this (I always do but do as I say not as I do). A fresh table cloth, some fun napkins you picked up at Homesense last week, and some large white plates (the dollar store has some great inexpensive glass plates) create a crisp clean setting that looks beautiful and do not require a "how to" manual. Throw an unconventional item in the middle as the centrepiece and poof you have a Martha Stewart setup that is simple and minimal dolla bills. Ideas for centrepieces can include: anything from your home that is used as decor, an old vase, a glass ornament, a fake bouquet from your shelf collecting dust, any of these items work and it pulls your table setting together without being complex.
4. Create a little buffet. This past weekend I made healthy protein waffles for a friend and set it up "buffet style" which added to the decor and the fun! Essentially I made a stack of my healthy waffles and then had several bowls for "toppings". You can do this with crepes, pancakes, or even a "build your own Benny" with english muffins and several different savory toppings. This allows guests to modify and choose based on their own preferences. Add little name tags to each item if you are feeling eager but remember everyone loves when someone else cooks, is thoughtful, and hosts. Just keep the toppings in your "buffet" simple, have no more than three-four options and dish up!
Finally take the time to enjoy the moment. Don't worry about the mess, don't worry that your guest may not LOVE what you served, or that the coffee is getting cold. Sit down, relax, take too long eating, and enjoy the sunshine that an "early day date" offers. All the fun with no hangover, and zero food coma. Creating healthy recipes is easier than you think and I can't wait to share more of my fun tips/tricks for health hacks, entertaining on a budget, and being #boujee when it counts.
Healthy Protein Waffle Recipe (yields 1 large waffle or 4 triangles)
- 1 scoop of your favourite protein powder. My personal favourite is the PESCIENCE protein, it comes in a variety of yummy flavours and makes the best waffle of any that I have tried.
- 1 egg
- 1/8 tsp of baking powder
- Small amount of water
Heat waffle maker. Mix 1 scoop protein with just enough water to make it a thick pudding, add 1/8 tsp baking powder and 1 egg until its a "batter". This may take a few tries but again don't overcomplicate it. You can't really mess this up. Pour batter into waffle maker evenly and cook for approx. 45-60 seconds or until golden brown, it will depend on your waffle maker/temperature. Voila!
Topping Buffet Ideas:
Fat Free Cool Whip, Fresh Berries, Sliced Banana, Peanut butter, Jam, Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice, Maple Syrup, or Reduced Sugar Syrup.
Yours truly in all things New New,