Is there anything better than sitting around a big brunch table on a lazy Sunday morning? I’m pressed to find a simple pleasure I enjoy more. Occasional indulgences aside| a brunchy food coma can totally kill your day. If you’re not ready to give up your weekend ritual| there are easy ways to lighten up the whole situation.
- Skip the sweets: French toast and belgian waffles sound divine| but these sweet treats can be loaded with all of your calories for the day. If you’re with a big group of people| consider getting one sweet item and sharing it as a side. This way everyone can have a taste and you won’t have the opportunity to chow down on the whole plate.Back off the booze: Bloody Marys and mimosas may have their share of vitamins and antioxidants from fresh juice| but that’s not a reason to enjoy a whole pitcher. Linger on a single cocktail throughout the meal| and be sure to hydrate with water as you go.Order eggs right: There’s no reason to only go for whites| since we know that whole eggs are healthy for you. But there are some egg-filled favorites to put to rest. Eggs Benedict may sound like a dreamy option| but with all the saturated fat found in traditional recipes| it’s best just to say goodbye. Opt for a scramble or omelet loaded with fresh vegetables.Love lean meats: Instead of chowing down on sausage or bacon| learn to love less fatty options. Turkey bacon| ham| and chicken sausage are often lower in calories and saturated fats.Say yes to subs: Don’t be afraid to ask for a switch! You’ll find that the kitchen is more than happy to make a healthy substitution. If that’s not an option| just ask for a half order or omit something from your plate entirely. Even if you’re really craving a taste of potatoes| there’s no need to chow down on a supersized portion that will have you feeling sick once you’re home.Work out in the a.m.: After a big weekend night out| mustering up the strength to head to the gym or a yoga class will have you feeling positive and proactive. You’ll be hungry once you sit down for brunch| but you won’t be as ready to let your healthy plan fly to the wind.
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