Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mother's Day Brunch: Thank your Mom today with one of these healthy options!

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This year, why not try preparing your own Mother's Day brunch at home, the healthy Bon'App way! Here is a different twist on French toast. Use whole wheat bread and egg whites for the toast itself, substitute organic honey or agave nectar for regular syrup, and dust with cinnamon. Top with fruit for added color and health benefits.  De-lish!! 

Photo courtesy of Yelp's review of The Cottage

      Whole wheat bread is a good source of B vitamins, Vitamin E, magnesium, iron and fiber and the USDA recommends eating 6-8 ounces of whole grains each day. 
     Using only egg whites omits the fat and cholesterol that come with eating the yolks. 
     Organic honey is a good choice because it is a prebiotic and contains antioxidants;organic honey is even better because the flowers the bees collect pollen from are free from pesticides, which means the honey is also pesticide-free.
     Agave nectar is another good syrup substitute because it has a lower glycemic index than both honey and syrup and is also cheaper than maple syrup.
     Cinnamon also has several important added health benefits, including blood sugar regulation, anti blood clotting properties, and may possibly boost a person's cognitive function and memory simply by smelling it!

Not that skilled or adventurous in the kitchen? Head out with your mom for brunch.  Though the list of crave-worthy brunch places in Cambridge is lengthy, here's a scrumptious option: CafĂ© Luna in Central Square. Opt for the "Healthy Wrap," made of egg whites, low fat cheese, roasted red peppers and spinach on wheat wrap or English muffin.

If you're feeling like something a little more indulgent and you want to reward yourself for having eaten so healthfully this week and keeping your Bon’App batteries green, the French toast made with Iggy’s brioche will be sure to make you happy! 

Happy Healthy Eating this Mother's Day!

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