Friday, June 20, 2014

Healthy Summer Brunch

Brunch should be eaten whenever possible.  Brunch is my absolute favorite meal - I look for every possible opportunity to make a brunch meal or go out for brunch.  I love the endless types of foods offered at brunch from pancakes and omelets to grits.

A few weekends ago we had some friends staying with us from out of town, so of course I used this as the perfect chance to serve up a brunch spread.  I threw a few of my favorite brunch items together (both homemade and store purchased) and we enjoyed a relaxing Brunch outside on the patio.

When making a brunch spread I always try to include an egg dish, a fruit or fruit salad, and of course a sweet treat.  Occasionally I will also include a grit dish or roasted potatoes.  The key is a variety of flavors and ALWAYS a bite of something sweet.

Here is what I served for brunch:

1. Low Fat Sausage Egg Bread Muffins:
A recipe I posted last week that wss inspired by my family's traditional Christmas brunch.  The ingredients for this recipe must be prepared the night ahead to allow the bread to soak up some of the eggs and milk in recipe.  Perfect individual sized egg muffins with a variety of flavors from the sausage, cheese, and bread.

2.  Simple Fruit Salad: Cut up your favorite fruits and throw them together in a large bowl for a simple fruit salad creation. Some of my favorite fruits to include are strawberries, grapes, apples, bananas, and oranges. While this is super simple to prepare, it is always a hit among my brunch guests.

3.  Spinach Tomato Frittata:
A delicious egg based recipe I posted a few weeks similar to a crustless quiche or omelet.  Frittatas are generally extremely simple to prepare and can offer a ton of flavor depending on the ingredients added.  While the ingredients for this frittata were simple with only spinach, tomatoes, an parmesan cheese - the flavor did not disappoint.

4.  Cinnamon Rolls from Sister Schuberts:
Every brunch needs a little sweet treat.  If you do not have time to make a homemade item Sister Schuberts offers a delicious frozen variety.  All you need to do is reheat the rolls in the oven and they are ready to serve.  These cinnamon rolls are one of my "go-to" brunch items.  I love the fresh flavors and portion controlled rolls.  Each bite will certainly not disappoint.

Your family's dietitian,
Kristen Smith

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