Brunchology 101

Watching your waistline at brunch?

By on May 23, 2011

Brunch is definitely loaded with lots of things…good company, delicious food, flowing drinks…and calories! Are you attempting to watch what you’re eating while still trying to have a blast at brunch? Brunch Gang is here to help!

We talked to nutritionist Alyssa C. about her recommendations for making healthy choices at brunch. What did she have to say?

  • Do your research before you get to brunch. Check out the menu online so you can look at the different options and know what you are ordering as soon as you walk into the restaurant. Resist temptation! 
  • Avoid French toast and pancakes. We know it’s hard to do when they’re so tasty! But if you’re trying to watch what you eat, carbs should come from fruits, not starches.
  • Go for protein! Protein is your friend. Great sources of protein at brunch are cottage cheese or an egg white omelette loaded with veggies.
  • If you are looking to keep your alcohol in check, order champagne instead of a mimosa. The OJ in a mimosa will just add more sugar to your drink. And if you are only looking to have only one adult beverage during brunch, order a water with extra lemon as well. It will give you a boost of flavor so you don’t feel like you need more than one alcoholic drink!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask your server for healthy options. Many places will be happy to bring out a plate of fresh fruit even if it isn’t on the menu. And don’t be shy about asking for substitutions! You can ask for a lower fat cottage cheese, or egg whites and egg substitutes. If your meal comes with a side of toast, ask for whole wheat or whole grain and no butter.
  • Don’t go to brunch starving! Many times, we think that “saving” our calories for a big meal is better, but we often end up overeating. Since brunch isn’t typically until 12 or 1, make sure you eat something small about two to three hours before. You should eat every three hours to keep your metabolism up anyway! If you are running out the door, you can even just grab a tablespoon of peanut butter to help keep you satisfied until you arrive at your destination.

Even though we often pick our brunch spots based on the food, don’t forget that brunch is ultimately about spending time with your friends. The only thing you should be packing on is laughter, not a pound or two!

Written by: Jen

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