What Are the Best Choices At the Brunch Buffet?

Question: Our family is going out for Easter brunch this weekend.  What are the best choices at the brunch buffet for a healthy diet?

A weekend brunch is always a delicious way to spend time with friends and family, but navigating the brunch buffet can be tricky when your goal is healthier choices.  The good news is that building a better brunch is possible and can be an extra fun way to dine out.

The most important tip to keep in mind is to follow a healthy diet, made up of lean proteins, fruits and vegetables and whole grains, most of the time.  This whole diet approach leaves room for the occasional splurge or Easter brunch and supports a healthy and energized lifestyle.

When it comes to the brunch buffet, many of the choices you’ll find may not be Healthy Dining picks, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dine nutritiously and deliciously while you’re there:

  • Focus on fruits and veggies – Make the most of the fresh fruit, green salad and variety of vegetables at the omelet station.  More and more of these choices are rounding out brunch buffets, thanks to the growing demand for healthier choices at restaurants.
  • Opt for lean protein – Whenever possible, go for succulent and simply prepared seafood or turkey bacon instead of the traditional, higher calorie prime rib option, sausage and pork bacon options.  Choosing the lean protein not only saves on calories but also cuts the saturated fat in your meal.  Seafood, especially salmon, is also a smart choice for healthy fats.
  • Limit the extras– Cheese, dressing, sauces, dips and similar toppings can add up when it comes to calories, fat and sodium.  Stick with your must-haves and use small amounts to add the flavor without piling on the extra calories.
  • Savor your favorites – This doesn’t mean giving up everything you look forward to in a brunch! If you see something you LOVE, enjoy a small serving for the occasion to get the flavor without ending up feeling stuffed or deprived.

It doesn’t have to be a full brunch to make it a fun meal with family and friends.  To find the best choices for your healthy diet, breakfast, lunch and dinner, search HealthyDiningFinder.com for restaurants near you serving dietitian-recommended meals.