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How to Survive Brunch

Ah, the Sunday brunch extravaganza! Eggs Benny drowning in creamy hollandaise, waffles piled high with whipped cream, mountains of crispy bacon…

How can you still enjoy the experience while sticking to your weight loss program? Here are a few tips to help you choose wisely!

Eggcellent choices

You’ll almost always find an omelette on the menu. Ask for a veggie omelette cooked with non-fat cooking spray and made with two eggs. If you have high cholesterol, heart disease, or just want to lower the fat content, ask for four egg whites.

Choose Healthy Cooking Styles

Fried? No way. You have many other options for eggs: hardboiled, scrambled in non-fat, non-hydrogenated spray, or poached.

Go for Lean Bacon

That delectable, smoky scent of bacon is impossible to resist during weight loss—so don’t. Choose 2 ½ oz., or about 2 medium slices of turkey or Canadian bacon, if it’s available. Stay away from regular bacon.

Avoid Added Creams & Sauces

Have whipped cream, English cream, crème fraîche, and hollandaise sauces served on the side or omit them altogether. One 75-150 calorie portion equals one Free Exchange on the Herbal Magic weight loss program.

Avoid Unhealthy Sides

Stay away from sausages, home fries, hash browns, and regular bacon—they’re very high in sodium and don’t belong in any healthy diet. Instead, go for the fresh stuff like fruit, green salad, or yogurt.

What about muffins, pancakes, and waffles?

Unfortunately, most of these pastries aren’t part of a healthy breakfast. If you choose to have pancakes or waffles, stick to program-friendly portion sizes and top with fresh fruit. Oatmeal is an excellent breakfast choice, and always go for whole grains when it comes to bread.

You got this! Bon appetit.

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