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How to order a healthy brunch

Brunch may just be my favorite meal! But some brunches leave mefeeling better than others. My clients often ask about tips for dining out. Here are a few pointers. 

  1. If it’s a special occasion brunch (like Mother's Day), you may want to treat yourself to something special (including, possibly a mimosa or some champagne), but for everyday brunches, something lighter will help you fit in your clothes more comfortably.

  2. Take a few minutes to browse the menu online ahead of time. This step is worth your effort because it helps you set your intentions and visualize your success. Enter a restaurant on the hungry side and you’re not in the best position to make feel-good choices. A plan will help guide you in the right direction.

  3. Zoom in on egg dishes. Save pancakes, French toast, and the like for those truly special moments, and have a scramble or omelet for ordinary brunches. Bonus points if you fill your omelet with veggies.

  4. Choose between the side of potatoes and the toast or bread basket if you're looking to lose weight. There’s no easy way around this one. Though you can eat carbs and lose weight, it's about the quality and the portion sizes so you're better off sticking with one or the other. 

One of the reasons I love brunch is because it usually means I’m spending time with my sister or an old friend. It’s always helpful to remember those positive aspects of the occasion that don’t involve food. Plus, I always enjoy the luxury of eating out because it means I'm not cooking and doing dishes. That's a huge treat for me! And because brunch leaves me with an afternoon ahead of me, I might spend a little extra time walking home or through the park—another good way to stay healthy and energized.

How do you handle dining out? Leave a comment, and be sure to let me know if there's a topic you'd like to see me cover!


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