Pairing your brunch with a cocktail and a generous helping of hollandaise can add up to 1,600 calories, says Toronto-based registered dietitian Melissa Baker. Here are Baker’s top tips for a health-conscious (but still yummy) weekend meal.
Eat breakfast first
“Have a protein-filled snack when you wake up,” Baker says. “You won’t be ravenous and you’ll make more mindful decisions.” Try a slice of whole-wheat toast with peanut butter and half a banana.
Downsize your omelette
Most omelettes are made with three eggs, but Baker says one or two is really all you need. If you’re worried about cholesterol, order the egg-white version.
Just say no to bagels
Fact: a single bagel is equivalent to about three slices of toast. If you do order toast, ask for the butter on the side.
Beware of hidden sugar
Granola is high in calories and many yogurts contain up to 15 g of sugar per serving. The same goes for smoothies — they’re nutritious, but they shouldn’t be treated like a beverage. As Baker says, “They’re a meal in themselves.”