Does just thinking about Mother’s Day brunch make you feel tired and bloated? If this is not what you want for Mother’s Day, check out these tips for keeping Mother’s Day light and fun!
Headed to a restaurant to celebrate with family? Registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist Rikki Rabbin offers the following tips:
If you’re going to a buffet, choose wisely. “If it’s not healthy, and you can make a yummier version at home anyway, skip that item,” Rabbin says. If you’re ordering off the menu, remember the choice is in your hands! “If you’re sticking to a healthy eating pattern and a menu item doesn’t fit it, you have the power to resist it. You are the one to choose what you order. Really want that chocolate peanut butter whipped cream waffle you’ve been dreaming about since last year? Get it! Split it with Mom or your sister to right-size that portion.”
Fill your plate with fresh produce, including fruit! “Fruit is finally in season! Load up your plate… sweet, colorful, and packed with vitamins, minerals, water, and fiber,” says Rabbin.
Want to maintain energy throughout the afternoon and still toast with a mimosa at brunch? Rabbin suggests eating an appetizer before sipping your cocktail so the food can help slow the absorption of the alcohol.
“Remember to enjoy the day, not just the food,” says Rabbin. “Have some food, talk a while, have some food, talk a while… pausing the eating during engaging conversation keeps you present in the conversation, and has the added benefit of preventing overeating. Eating slowly gives your stomach time to tell your brain that it’s full!”
Looking for a sweet treat to make mom? “Here’s a recipe adapted from 1FineCookie.com,” offers Rabbin. “It blends two of my favorite foods: cake pops and strawberries! Still firmly a “dessert” food with cake and icing, these are healthier than cupcakes because you get a whole berry in each delicious bite.”
Nutrition facts vary depending on type and amount of cake, frosting, and decorations used.