Going out for brunch on the weekends was a well-loved and popular past-time - and it’s no surprise! There’s nothing more appealing than enjoying a sleep in, having a slow start to the morning and going out to indulge in an epic brunch spread on offer at a local cafe.
With cafes closed for sit-in meals at the moment and social isolation in full effect, it doesn't mean we can't still enjoy our favourite brunch foods at home or via takeaway!
Even when stuck at home, brunch remains a great time of day to get in some protein, low-GI carbs and healthy fats and enjoy something a little more 'special' than your ordinary breakfast or lunch. Plus, supporting your local cafes during this time is something we should all be endeavouring to do as much as we can.
Here’s our top picks that come packed full of flavour & nutrients - without the sneaky added sugar from a chef’s heavy hands.
Poached eggs with sides
A lot of cafes have become accustomed to an array of dietary needs - meaning that they’re often more than happy to plate up a dish of brunch sides if you can’t decide on a set meal. Think poached eggs with a side of lower-calorie, high nutrient options like spinach, tomato, mushrooms and avocado. This is an especially good option for those following a low-carb or ketogenic diet, and can easily be packed away into a takeaway box to enjoy at home.
Better yet - you can make this one yourself! If you haven't mastered the art of poaching eggs yet, now's a good time to start practicing with some extra time on your hands. Cooking from home will also mean you're in control of any added oils or hidden calories in your sides!
Smashed Avo on Toast
A now-infamous dish, the smashed avo on toast deserves its popular reputation! Not only will you benefit from the heart-healthy fats in the avocado, but a piece or two of low-GI wholemeal sourdough will be sure to provide you with long-lasting energy for the rest of the weekend. For an extra satisfying option, add a source of protein like poached eggs or smoked salmon.
Another simple takeaway option, or one you can easily recreate from the comfort of your own home!
Breakfast Salad/Nourish Bowl
Another new favourite addition to many cafe menus - the wholesome ‘nourish’ bowl. This is typically an offering of plenty of greens, brown rice or quinoa, and a source of protein like eggs, salmon or chicken. It’s an easy and delicious way to get some veggies in early, and feel satisfied with a dish high in volume, and lower in calories. To be extra sugar-savvy, opt for a salad without dried fruit or ask for any dressings on the side in a little takeaway container. Remember, dressings can contain added sugar - not just fat! A wedge of fresh lemon is another great option that many cafes will be more than happy to provide to add some extra flavour to the bowl, or you can add it yourself when you get home!
- Remember to be mindful of your drink orders. Sugar in fresh juice and smoothies can add up fast, so sip selectively! Consider skipping it altogether or sticking to a takeaway coffee or tea.
- If you are a devoted sweet tooth, and brunch is a one-off chance for you to indulge in a sweeter option, choose something you know you’re going to savour, eat it mindfully and finish when you’re feeling satisfied, not overly stuffed! The best part about takeaway is that you're in no rush to finish your plate right there and then. Put some back in the fridge to enjoy later or the next day.
- Lastly, remember that brunch is typically your first meal of the day - so keep in mind you still have the rest of the day to make lower-sugar options. Whatever you choose to order or make, enjoy it whole-heartedly and don’t let it set you up for poor choices for the rest of the day.
What's your go-to takeaway brunch order?