The first day of the New Year can be a groggy, sleep-all-day-and-order-bagels kind of affair, or you can make it a kick-butt start by getting out of bed to make your own healthy brunch recipes. Of course, this all depends on how much champagne was involved in the previous night’s festivities. But with a little planning, not even a hangover will prevent you from beginning day one with a healthy breakfast that won’t put you into a food coma. Good-for-you Bloody Marys? Creamy soup that won’t make your stomach turn? 2017, we love you already.
Eggs are a brunch staple, and this recipe gives you a healthy dose of greens along with ’em. Baked in individual ramekins, the creamy, single-serving dish is easy to duplicate depending on the number of guests you have. Swap out half and half with coconut milk or cashew milk to make the recipe a touch healthier.
We know what you’re thinking: chocolate and beets?! Don’t worry, the coconut milk, maple syrup, and cacao powder keep these muffins sweet, while the shredded beets and almond flour do the impossible, and make these muffins pretty good for you. If you don’t have tapioca flour on hand, feel free to swap it out for cornstarch.
“Healthy cocktail” doesn’t have to be an oxymoron—try this healthier Bloody Mary and feel good about your New Year’s morning hair of the dog. Mix fresh carrot juice, tomato juice, and lemon or lime juice with Worcestershire sauce, turmeric, and a bit of olive oil. A classic celery stick works fine for garnish, or get crazy and add on a bite of turkey jerky, mozzarella cheese, or a sprig of parsley.
This festive, alcohol-free beverage looks cool and tastes even better. After soaking chia seeds in lime juice, combine the mixture with sweetened water and matcha green tea powder in a pitcher. Add sliced limes for garnish, and you’ve got a refreshing drink your guests will want to Snapchat, then ask for the recipe.
Toasty quinoa balances out tart grapefruit in this refreshing salad, and an olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and honey dressing adds a touch of sweetness. Top with fresh greens and almonds, and a generous amount of freshly cracked black pepper for a colorful, protein-packed side dish.
Remember that weird mixed fruit salad with a dollop of Cool Whip your grandma used to serve? This is like that, but better tasting and way better for you. Chop up persimmons, clementines, pears, grapefruit, and pomelos (feel free to swap out other citrus if preferred), and drizzle with a vanilla-tea infused sauce for an easy(ish) appetizer or side.
Soup doesn’t scream brunch, but this one will have you rethinking that idea. The savory, creamy soup is dairy-free (score one for any lactose-intolerant or vegan friends) and filled with protein thanks to the almond base. Top the soup with sliced grapes, olive oil, and thyme, and serve warm. Don’t you feel cozy just thinking about it?