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 cooking — or cleaning! 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:
Prepare a healthy frittata or quiche instead of a creamy casserole, which 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 for sandwiches.
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 a little sugar substitute and/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 prefer other lean meats, try Cornish hens, lean lamb chops, or sliced pork tenderloin medallions, which all lend themselves to glazing.
Season meat using fresh or dried herbs, such as parsley, basil, thyme, mint, oregano, and rosemary, to boost flavor without adding fat. Basil is also great for flavoring baked chicken, soups, and salads.
Add vinegars to flavor marinades. For example, mix balsamic vinegar, 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 lighter meat dishes, such as fish and poultry.
Roast or grill vegetables using healthy oils, not butter. Extra-virgin olive oil and canola oil are good unsaturated oils and bring out the natural flavors of roasted and grilled vegetables, such as asparagus, zucchini, sweet onions, and green and red bell peppers.
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), fat-free or 1.5% buttermilk, and more.
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 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 enjoy a piece of dark chocolate. Savor it slowly, enjoying small bites.
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