A leisurely summer brunch al fresco is one of our favorite ways to catch up with family and friends on a weekend afternoon.
But with egg dishes covered in hollandaise sauce, fluffy bagels and lots of sugary baked goods, the activity can seriously derail your health goals. The meal tends to live up to its name, packing in enough calories for breakfast and lunch combined (and sometimes even eating into your dinner budget, too).
Going homemade is the easiest way to enjoy the meal without having to compromise your healthy diet, but when it comes to making brunch plans (and hosting your mother-in-law), who has the time or energy to slave over the stove on a Sunday? Luckily whipping up brunch for a crowd at home can be time- and calorie-conscious, and can still include your favorites from the menu.
Impress everyone at the table this weekend with one of these colorful, flavor-packed recipes. Let them think you slaved over the stove all morning — it’ll be our little secret.
Keep your side of hash browns, but up the nutrition by throwing some sweet potatoes into the mix. This recipe calls for just five simple ingredients, and nestling the eggs in a neat pocket of potatoes cuts down on cookware — and clean up.
Kick off your brunch with a light and colorful appetizer salad. The blueberry-feta cheese combo screams spring, while the avocado and walnuts will hold everyone over (and keep hungry family members quiet) until the main course is served.
Guilt-free donuts? Yea, you can go ahead and pinch yourself. Unlike the typical fried variety, this better-for-you version is free of refined sugar, low in fat (just 5 grams per donut!) and clocks in at a manageable 150 calories.
Pancakes are another one of those brunch items we crave and then almost immediately regret (as we waddle out of the restaurant unbuttoning our pants). But this recipe cuts back on sugar, adds a large dose of protein and is even safe for the gluten-free crowd to enjoy.
The restaurant version comes loaded with melted cheese. This homemade recipe keeps all of the traditional flavor with spicy black beans, fresh, creamy avocado salsa verde and a sprinkle of feta. Cut back on prep time, and make brunch interactive, by letting everyone build their own plate.
Is it even brunch without French toast on the menu? But white, refined bread dipped into an egg-and-sugar combo before being fried in oil isn't exactly what bikini bodies are made of. Luckily, none of that goes down in this recipe. Swap white bread for whole wheat, whole eggs for egg whites and sugar for fresh strawberries and just a drizzle of maple of syrup and you've got a completely guilt-free, but still totally delicious, meal. Did we mention it'll be on the table in just 10 minutes?
This casserole packs in all the flavor of the traditional brunch dish — minus the sky-high fat and calorie count. Plus, you can't get much easier than mixing all of the ingredients in a bowl, dumping it in a casserole dish and letting the oven do the work.
Another way to get creative with your eggs, these tacos are easy to assemble (and prevent everyone in the family from requesting made-to order omelets )
You can’t forget the libations. Stray from your typical mimosa-fueled brunch, and use up your leftover ingredients from Cinco de Mayo. Fresh mango puree adds just the right amount of all-natural sweetness, so we recommend forgoing the sour mix in favor of a dash of agave for an even healthier sip.
You usually sip one delicious, sodium-laden Bloody Mary before switching to a Mimosa. But get ready to imbibe in another round with this fresh, all-natural mix with — wait for it — absolutely no sodium. Your Sunday Funday just got a whole lot tastier.