Recipes and Food
9 Healthy Holiday Brunch Recipes
The holidays were made for gathering ’round, especially at the dining table while sharing a meal with loved ones. This year, Christmas falls on a Saturday, meaning Sunday brunch will definitely be in order for some. Celebrate the end of another year with these healthy holiday brunch options, from low-carb favorites to veggie-packed sandwiches.
Start out sweet with this festive granola recipe from Kelly Kwok, author and chronic illness advocate at Life Made Sweeter. Maple syrup and vanilla extract make this treat naturally low in sugar. Gingerbread spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, combined with crunchy seeds, nuts, and oats, will have you hooked. Pro tip: It also makes for an excellent hostess gift!
2Scrambled Egg Muffins
Maybe it’s a mind trick, but mini versions of brunch foods look fancy and, dare we say, taste better. “With only a few ingredients, you can have these muffins prepped and ready for any holiday in under 15 minutes,” says Brianna Nitsberg of Simply Life by Bri. Customize them with healthy staples like spinach, peppers, mushrooms, or any of your favorite toppings.
3Crustless Tomato Pie
Girl Scout alum Tara Reigle, founder of Simple Vegetarian Dishes, makes a crustless tomato pie to impress her brunch guests. “This vibrant and colorful egg-based dish looks gorgeous for holiday hosting,” she tells CircleAround. (We tend to agree.) The mix of fresh tomatoes, basil leaves, and shredded cheese makes for a super simple base, and the flavorful egg mixture packs a nice punch.
4Ultimate Cajun Shrimp and Grits
Add a bit of spice to this Southern staple with a recipe created by Ebony Austin of Nouveau Bar & Grill. Using stone-ground grits provides a great source of nutrients, along with healthy proteins from the shrimp, salmon, and crab meat. Austin recommends plating the dish using martini glasses for an extra stylish touch.
Turkish food is known for being flavorful, healthy, and based on seasonality, so it’s no wonder chef and food blogger Alya Clulee loves serving it to guests while entertaining. She shared her recipe for spinach borek, a flaky, veggie-filled breakfast pastry, with CircleAround. She says cooks can use filo dough if traditional yufka sheets are not available.
This satisfying soup-meets-stew is perfect for a filling brunch entrée that will warm a chilly holiday afternoon. Chilean food blogger Pilar Hernandez of En Mi Cocina Hoy developed a homestyle recipe that is packed with fresh winter veggies and a light broth. Leftover roast beef can also work if you’re looking for a way to reuse ingredients from holiday dinners.
7Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs
A twist on a classic favorite, Rima Kleiner, MS, RD, of Dish on Fish, came up with a healthy version guests are sure to remember. “This side dish is packed with protein thanks to the eggs, Greek yogurt, and smoked salmon,” she tells CircleAround. Nonfat Greek yogurt lightens the mayo load while the smoked salmon provides omega-3s.
8Bánh Mì Sandwiches
Skip the chicken salad and create a new holiday tradition with Bánh Mì sandwiches. This Vietnamese dish can be made in a variety of ways, like this recipe from Funky Asian Kitchen’s Kazu Abe, which uses marinated pork loin. For an extra healthy twist, stick to the fresh, raw, or lightly pickled veggies. Abe recommends cucumber, carrots, radish, and fresh jalapenos.
9Cauliflower ‘Potato’ Pancakes
This classic side dish is especially delicious during the holiday season, whether your family celebrates Hanukkah or just likes the taste of potatoes in the morning. Wellness food blogger Jennifer N. of Regain Your Sparkle notes these are “easily customizable for dietary restrictions (gluten-free, dairy-free, and keto options).” She provided CircleAround with a recipe that has a cauliflower modification for those looking to cut down on carbs.