Happy Sunday everyone! I don’t know about you, but this morning I went to a fantastic brunch with my friends. The old me would have worried about what I was going to eat or drink without going over my caloric limit for the day. But after YEARS of practice I finally think I’ve figured out how to enjoy a Sunday brunch without going overboard. Keep in mind that these tips don’t apply to just brunch! Use them whenever you’re eating out to stay on and your plan and eat healthy.
Go For Protein
Protein is your best friend when it comes to eating out. Gram for gram, protein is the most satiating macronutrient you can come across (i.e.instead of carbohydrates or fat). When you go to brunch, check out the egg dishes. Obviously don’t get something drowned in Hollandaise sauce (i.e. Eggs Benedict) or butter. Instead, opt for a veggie and cheese omelet that’s loaded with protein and nutrients.
Load up on Fruits and Veggies
Most brunches have some lunch and side items you can order that aren’t exactly for breakfast. If your favorite brunch spot has a fruit salad or mixed greens salad, but all means order it! It’s a great investment, has loads of vitamins and minerals, and the fiber will keep you full all day long.
Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up
Do all the omelets have loads of sausage, bacon, or cheese? Do you want Eggs Benedict without Hollandaise sauce? If you want a change made to your meal, speak up and say so! Unless your asking to rearrange the entire interior setup of the restaurant, most chefs and servers are happy to comply with you.
Try a Brunch Buffet
I know it’s not what you would normally pick, but a brunch buffet is an excellent choice if you’re trying to stay healthy. Why? Because you can create your own meal! Usually brunch buffets have a really nice variety of cold and hot dishes, meaning you can load up on salads of fruits and veggies and lean proteins. Some buffets even have their own omelet bars, meaning you can order an omelet exactly the way you like it.
Strive for Balance
So you couldn’t resist that mimosa or those hash-browns. Don’t worry about it. As long as the rest of your choices are balanced and healthy, it’s okay to have a few bites of something rich and decadent. Just keep your portion small and balance that food choice out with the rest of the choices on your plate. If you deprive yourself, you’ll only end up overeating.
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