It's Easter this weekend, it means one thing: Brunch! Tied with breakfast for the most important meal of the day, we've collected some fresh, 'cleaned-up' spins on the typically greasy, carb-heavy, unhealthy classics. Feel free to eat these at any time of the day, for an instant energy and mood boost that will allow you to hop circles around the Easter Bunny!
Instead of Pancakes and Fake Syrup...
Empty sugar on top of more empty sugar, with a side of preservatives, chemicals and other unpronounceable junk, is a sure fire way to set yourself up for a blood sugar rollercoaster ride for the entire day. Instead, why not indulge in...
Grain-Free Maple Banana Pancakes with Coconut Whipped Cream
Paleo-friendly, and full of fiber, complex carbs, healthy fat and protein. You won't be missing the bottle of Aunt Jemima after a taste of these stacks of pure heaven!
Instead of Eggs Benedict...
Ditch the overly-processed English Muffin and bagels, and treat yourself to a meal that is full of protein and healthy fats, guaranteed to boost your energy, mood, and mental function! Try:
Eggs Benny on Grilled Tomatoes
Best part? You can still have Hollandaise sauce! Grass-fed butter and egg yolks are full of nutrition that is great for your brain and body. For an even bigger brain-boost, enjoy this dish with some smoked salmon for an extra dose of DHA and essential fatty acids.
Healthy Hollandaise Sauce recipe:
- 4 Organic Egg Yolks
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) melted grass-fed butter
- 2-3 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
- Melt butter and make sure it is warm but not too hot.
- In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks with lemon juice and spices until smooth.
- Put the bowl with the egg yolks on top of a small pan of boiling water (make sure the bowl doesn't touch the water) or in a double boiler.
- Whisk the egg yolks constantly while slowly adding the melted butter in.
- Once well incorporated, continue to whisk for 2-3 minutes (approx) until it starts to thicken.
- Use immediately, or remove from heat and cover until serving.
- If it thickens or starts to separate, mix in a ½ tsp or so of warm water before serving.
Instead of Heuvos Rancheros...
All that extra rice, tortillas, and heavy processed cheese will fill you up, (and out!), while making you feel sluggish and bloated- not a good start to the day! Instead, try a:
Mexican Egg and Bean Scramble
Scramble some Organic eggs with black beans, salsa, corn and avocado for an perfectly balanced, healthy breakfast that has all the same taste and zip of the classic! Try sprinkling on some Nutritional Yeast for an added cheesey flavour and even more nutrition!
Instead of Chicken and Waffles...
Fried chicken on TOP of waffles? This may be the polar opposite of health food. But for the same crunch, protein-boost and comfort, why not try...
Grilled Chicken with Sweet Potato Waffles
That's right- there is a healthy way to eat chicken and waffles! Sweet potato is full of beta-carotene, fiber, potassium, and slow-releasing energy, perfectly paired with protein rich organic chicken. Find the recipe here.
Instead of instant Oatmeal with Granola...
Granola is one of the biggest impostors of the "healthy-food" world. Think about it- most granola is made of up highly processed grains stripped of their nutrients, tossed with sugar, refined oils, and combined with even more sugar and sulphite drenched dried fruits and fried nuts. Add some sugary, overly processed instant oatmeal into the mix, and you've got a guaranteed recipe for weight gain, sluggish metabolism, inflammation, and a sugar crash moments later. Oh and of course, don't forget to drizzle on the brown sugar or maple syrup incase it wasn't sugary enough for you! Instead, why not try...
Chia Seed Pudding with Fruit and Nuts
This delicious bowl of nutrition is super easy to make, and will give you all the warmth and comfort of a bowl of granola or cereal. Chia seeds are a try superfood- containing the most amount of fiber relative to size of any other food- plus plenty of healthy essential fats and protein. You can play around with the flavors, adding any toppings or milk alternatives. Try this recipe for an amazing way to start your day! (Just note- will need to make the night before so it has time to gel before eating).
1 cup unsweetened almond, cashew or coconut milk
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (preferably grade B), plus 4 teaspoons for serving
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup strawberries, hulled and chopped
1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
In a medium bowl, gently whisk the almond milk, yogurt, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, the vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon salt until just blended. Whisk in the chia seeds; let stand 30 minutes. Stir to distribute the seeds if they have settled. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, in a medium bowl, toss the berries with the remaining 4 teaspoons maple syrup. Mix in the almonds.
Spoon the pudding into 4 bowls or glasses; mound the berry mixture on top and serve.
Instead of Bacon and Eggs...
Try Eggs with Prosciutto and Avocado!
This may not seem like a drastic change, however by swapping the toast for avocado, you can still enjoy some cured meat with your eggs and not break your healthy lifestyle! Prosciutto and bacon are quite similar, however the protein content of prosciutto is slightly higher. Most important thing to keep this brunch classic "clean", is to choose Organic, Grass-Fed pork free of nitrates.. the extra cost is definitely worth it!