Ahhh, brunch. The best meal of the day, undoubtedly, and one that would be great to enjoy every day of the week, but most of us hold out for a lovely brunch on the weekend – when mimosas before noon are completely acceptable! Brunch is synonymous with delightful dishes like frittatas, French toast, and fancy crepes dusted with powdered sugar and sliced fruit, and I’m all for indulgence—but if the over sweet and rich foods are kept in check and I’m left feeling energized instead of sluggish, then that brunch meal is all the better in my opinion!
Now that it’s summertime, I do everything possible to ensure my family’s breakfasts include a healthy balance of protein and carbs to keep us fuelled during swimming and other outdoor activities. I also keep an eye on my children’s intake of artificial sweeteners that might lead to a morning high and subsequent crash by lunchtime. Below are five of my top brunch recipes for summertime, chosen because they are refreshingly simple to whip up, and will leave you feeling satiated but not ready for a nap.
Bookmark these scrumptious recipes for your next brunch:
- The Best of This Life’s Gluten-Free French Toast Casserole
This recipe utilizes some of my healthy favourites: gluten-free bread, virgin coconut oil, and raw sugar, and the Maple Syrup with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves gives this French toast a warm, spiced flavour perfect for a lazy Sunday morning.
- Savory Spin’s Matcha Banana Protein Crepes
The apple pecan filling for these crepes will keep you full for hours, and the brown sugar gives them a fuller, slightly sweetened flavour.
- Eat Yourself Skinny’s “My Favorite Veggie Frittata”
Arugula and a host of other veggies (you can even get creative with whatever’s in season!) make this frittata a bright, colourful, and healthful dish.
- Eating Bird Food’s Homemade Banana Protein Bars
What I absolutely love about these protein bars is that I know exactly what’s going into them! They’re versatile and easy to make, and the rolled oats, chia seeds, and peanut butter provide heart-healthy omega fatty acids.
- Martha Stewart’s Asparagus, Leek, and Gruyere Quiche
A fantastic way to get your kiddos to eat their vegetables—plus, the nutty flavour of the gruyere cheese is a perfect pairing with eggs.
If you’re hosting guests this summer and Canada Day weekend, these recipe ideas will come in handy for planning your menu! Do you have a favourite brunch recipe? I’d love for you to share it with us in the comments.