10 healthy weekend brunch recipes to try this winter

You know what weekday mornings are like – most of us don't have much time to prepare a healthy breakfast; it's a case of throwing together some fruit and granola or porridge, a smoothie or protein shake, or maybe a boiled egg, if you have a little more time to spare. But for those of us who work Monday to Friday, weekends are the perfect excuse for a long, lazy breakfast or brunch with friends, so they're the perfect time to try out new healthy recipes and set yourself up for the day.

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and it's true! Skipping breakfast makes you more likely to snack mid-morning or make poor food choices when it comes to lunchtime. 'Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper' is the rule we should all follow when it comes to eating. A healthy, filling breakfast can bring blood sugar levels back up, boost your energy and concentration and ensure your brain is functioning properly (1).

With that in mind, our 10 healthy weekend brunch recipes are ideal to try next weekend, or on your day off, when you have a little more time to relax and enjoy cooking. Whether you're into sweet or savoury, try out some of these and do let us know your favourites!

#1. Mini Smoked Salmon Frittatas

With 179 calories and just 4g of saturated fat per serving, this is one of the healthiest brunch recipes on our list. These yummy little frittatas are packed with amino acids and protein from the eggs, as well as omega-3 fatty acids from the smoked salmon, which can help to boost brain function, making these a great choice for anyone who has a day of studying or uni work ahead! The addition of cream cheese makes these little pots super-creamy and delicious.

#2. Maple-Cinnamon French Toast

A great recipe for relaxed Sunday mornings, this sweet, sticky recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth. Still healthy, with just 152 calories per slice of toast, this recipe includes a vitamin C packed blueberry sauce. Natural sweetness from the unrefined maple syrup ensures this toast is yummy served with a cup of your favourite coffee.

#3. Blueberry Coconut Macadamia Muffins

Blueberries are loaded with vitamin C and macadamias are a great source of mono-unsaturated fats and vitamin E. Muffins may seem like an unhealthy choice, but with one muffin containing just 202 calories and 9 g of fat (3g saturates), plus eggs, buttermilk and protein from the macadamias, these healthy muffins will keep you full all afternoon.

#4. Courgette and Rosemary Frittata

Frittatas are an easy-to-make oven-baked omelette, and you know how much we love eggs here at Expertrain HQ! This recipe provides you with plenty of protein and energy to enjoy an active weekend, flavoured with parmesan cheese, garlic for a healthy immune system and courgettes (one of your five a day). If you have friends or family coming for brunch, try making mini versions.

#5. Asparagus with Poached Eggs

This lighter take on Eggs Benedict leaves out the creamy hollandaise sauce, yet it's still a real weekend brunch treat. Asparagus is a seasonal spring vegetable but you should still be able to find it in your local supermarket. It's packed with nutrition including folic acid and vitamin K, which can boost cardiovascular health. This recipe packs a whopping 18g of protein, keeping you fuller for longer and giving you the energy you need to hit the gym, go rock climbing or even tackle the Christmas crowds on your local high street! With 256 calories and 18g fat (6g saturates) per serving, we love this healthy recipe.

#6. Moroccan Baked Eggs and Sausages

For those who fancy a meaty brunch, this spicy, hearty dish is perfect. With chorizo sausages and capsicum pepper for flavour, it's loaded with antioxidants from the tomatoes and protein from the eggs and meat. You could use chicken, beef or pork sausages as an alternative to lamb, but make sure you always choose sausages with the highest meat content, as these will contain less 'filler' and added ingredients. This is an impressive, healthy brunch dish that's great to serve to friends, and it takes under 30 minutes to cook! With just 422 calories and 6g saturated fat per serving, it's one the team at Expertrain HQ will be trying over the holidays.

#7. Apple and Hazelnut Loaf

For an extra-special brunch, this sweet, nutty loaf ticks all the boxes and will satisfy your craving for something sweet! It uses Granny Smith apples for tart flavour (and one of your five a day) and hazelnuts, which are known to regulate levels of homocysteine in the body and can help reduce your risk of heart conditions and Parkinson's disease. A slice contains 443 calories and 7g saturated fat, to leave you feeling energised all afternoon!

#8. Arabian Buttered Eggs with Mint and Lemon

Just the title of this recipe is making us feel hungry! Perfect for whipping up after your Six Pack Abs workout or run, this Arabian-inspired brunch dish includes chilli, red onions, Greek yoghurt, mint and cumin to create a delicious, spicy dish. We love trying new things, and the red onions cooked in lemon juice are a revelation – they lose their acidity, becoming sweet and tasty! Save this for a lazy Sunday brunch after your workout, when you've done all those boring household chores.

#9. Avocado, artichoke and tomato chutney toasts

With just 8g of saturated fat per serving, we love this healthy avocado brunch dish. In case you didn't know, avocados are a great source of healthy fats, and they're also pretty tasty too. With good fats from the olive oil, sticky tomato chutney, artichokes and herbs, this fresh-tasting vegan dish is ideal to serve to your vegan or vegetarian friends, and it'll give you the energy you need to get through your Saturday afternoon, whatever the day has in store!

#10. Banana and Coconut Bread

This twist on classic banana bread uses coconut cream and dessicated coconut to add tropical flavour and a moist, sticky texture to this loaf. Serve warm, topped with sliced caramelised bananas and maybe a dollop of Greek yoghurt. With potassium from the bananas and healthy fat from the coconut cream, this is one of our favourite brunch dishes.

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Works cited:

  1. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/diana-moran/healthy-eating-advice-diana-moran_b_5379697.html

Author By Paula Beaton
Date On 15th Dec 2014 at 10:34

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