The concept of “brunch”—a name that obviously comes from the combination of breakfast and lunch—dates all the way back to 1895. According to Smithsonian Magazine, this is when the term first appeared in print.1 Today, it’s more popular than ever, not only for its delightful combination of foods but also for the social interaction that it encourages. Brunch is about gathering around the table and enjoying a meal, making it the perfect option for holidays like Easter.
If you’re planning on Easter Brunch this year, we’ve rounded up 25 of our best brunch recipes that are both healthy and delicious.
This hash recipe substitutes carb-laden potatoes for lighter cauliflower rice to create a more weight loss-friendly choice. With other breakfast staples like eggs, turkey bacon, onions and peppers, it’s packed with flavor but only contains a mere 164 calories per serving. It’s also a great recipe to add your own twist! Incorporating everything from some reduced fat cheese to some beans or perhaps different vegetables can switch up the flavor and make it your own.
Serve up a savory “breakfast pie” this Easter Sunday! Where quiche typically goes off track in terms of health is in the buttery crust and cheesy filling. However, our version uses a healthy sweet potato crust and is absolutely packed with veggies. It’s both delicious and full of nutrients!
While traditional pancakes are made with white flour, offering no nutritional benefit, our version uses heart-healthy whole wheat flour as the base for a healthier option. This recipe also uses a mini muffin tin to create pancake “bites,” helping you with simplified portion control (something Nutrisystem knows a little bit about!). Mixing in some antioxidant-rich blueberries boosts their health factor even more, though you can get creative and use your favorite ingredients instead.
Fancy up your Easter Brunch with these simple-but-delicious cheddar scones with spinach. This recipe starts with whole wheat flour—already making it healthier than the typical scone recipe—and uses only a small amount of light butter. Filled with cheddar cheese, spinach and green onion, these yummy scones are big on flavor while being light on calories. It’s a great alternative to a bread basket or other baked goods that you might typically serve.
While crepes sound like a difficult dish to prepare, the truth is, they are much simpler to make than you may imagine. This particular recipe uses only three simple ingredients—egg whites, whole wheat flour and low-fat cream cheese—to whip up some light and airy crepes. Top with some fresh fruit to add some antioxidant power, too.
Are you an air fryer fan like we are? We love that the air fryer helps to de-greasify many food favorites. If you’ve got an air fryer, then you’re going to want to give this delicious brunch recipe a whirl. This light, protein-packed frittata is made from egg whites and skim milk and filled with tomatoes, mushrooms and chives. It’s so delicious and satisfying that you’ll be shocked it’s a mere 75 calories per serving.
Though they sound indulgent and luxurious, you can eat as many as six of these pancakes for a mere 267 calories per serving. The secret is that these pancakes are made from a banana! One banana combined with two eggs, lemon juice, lemon zest, baking powder and poppy seeds is all it takes to mix up this delicious and healthy pancake batter. Your brunch guests will be wowed by the delectability and the surprising twist of flavors.
Just the name of this brunch item sounds rich and indulgent. But made using ingredients like whole wheat bread, light butter and Truvia Cane Sugar Blend, it’s a dish you can enjoy without detouring your diet at all. One churro is just 127 calories but oh-so-delicious.
Stuffed mushrooms are often thought of in terms of an appetizer, but this recipe takes vitamin D-packed baby bella mushroom caps and stuffs them with a breakfast blend of scrambled eggs with spinach and cheddar cheese. It’s a nutrient-rich and entirely delicious addition to your brunch table that everyone will enjoy.
With this delish toast recipe, you’ll get the protein-rich goodness of eggs combined with the healthy fats of a yummy avocado. Some thin slices of cucumber, plum tomato, dried dill and black pepper add a flavorful finish. Serve it all atop a piece of whole grain bread for added fiber.
Broccoli and cheddar cheese go together deliciously in this healthy muffin recipe. This is a great make-ahead option that will look lovely in a basket as part of your Easter Brunch spread. These muffins will help fill you up in a healthy way. Two muffins count as a serving and have a mere 247 calories total.
While they may sound—and taste—like a store-bought bakery item, these muffins make some healthy substitutions that help keep them waistline-friendly. Healthful ingredients like chopped dates, unsweetened applesauce and vanilla almond milk help make up the heart of these soft and warm muffins. Covered in a buttery brown sugar and streusel topping, they are sure to be devoured.
This is another great air fryer dish that has less calories and fat thanks to a more healthful way of cooking. It features baby potatoes, zucchini and chicken sausage for a very hearty and filling meal. We recommend sprinkling it with garlic powder and black pepper, but you can switch up the spices to your liking.
If you’re looking for a delicious-but-healthy casserole to add to your Brunch table, then this may just be your perfect choice. This is a much lighter version of a traditional egg casserole and it’s packed with veggies, including vitamin-packed spinach and mushrooms as well as rich and creamy cottage and cheddar cheeses. It’s big on flavor while remaining a diet-friendly choice on your menu lineup.
Traditionally, baked goods have not been a healthy way to start your day. But our Cheery Cheese Danish is made much more healthful using whole wheat pastry flour, stevia and light butter. The incorporation of antioxidant-rich real cherries even boosts the nutrient power of this delightful pastry. Your brunch guests will be so busy enjoying the deliciousness, they’ll never know it’s a lighter option.
Anything that starts with sautéed onions and peppers is sure to be delicious! That’s exactly how this savory dish begins. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or any other time of the day, this vegetarian dish is filled with fragrant spices and fiber. Spice up your Easter menu with our One-Pan Chickpea Shakshuka recipe!
Start your Easter the healthy way with these lean, green pancakes that are packed with nutrition and delicious flavor. Featuring fiber-rich ingredients like whole wheat flour, banana and fresh spinach, it’s the perfect spring meal for your holiday menu.
Your two favorite sweet treats come together in one tasty dish. Enjoy the fresh flavors of apple pie rolled up into a delicious cinnamon roll recipe that’s perfect for your Easter brunch menu. We love it topped with chopped walnuts or almonds for extra crunch and protein.
You don’t need to stop at the local bakery for Easter Sunday when you have this healthy scones recipe. Raspberry and lemon are the perfect pair and are sure to add some brightness to your healthy Easter lineup.
Dessert, anyone? This carrot cake is the perfect classic Easter dessert recipe that also fits into your weight loss plan. Featuring freshly grated carrots, crunchy walnuts and a creamy, dreamy maple-flavored icing, you’ll want to make this one every year.
Honey-glazed ham is a must-have on your Easter recipe menu. Served with a sweet, savory and crunchy quinoa salad, this Easter brunch main course is sure to be a hit.
It wouldn’t be Easter brunch without this classic appetizer! Deviled eggs are made healthier in a Nutrisystem-approved recipe that still provides the flavors you know and love. The secret ingredient? Plain fat-free Greek yogurt. Your guests will love it.
We all need colorful, crunchy carrots on the Easter table. These sweet and savory slices are simple to make but pack in the flavor with freshly grated ginger, honey and orange juice.
Serve up a spring salad that’s filled with nutritious and delicious ingredients. Roasted turnips are the star of the show in this recipe. We pair them with seasonal arugula, radishes, farro and creamy goat cheese, then cover it all in a simple 3-ingredient dressing made with olive oil, lemon juice and black pepper.
Try our spin on an English classic! Scotch Eggs are turned light and healthy in this Nutrisystem-approved recipe you’ll love. Lean ground beef surrounds a perfectly cooked hardboiled egg and is seasoned with black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and Worcestershire sauce. It’s a simple recipe that’s perfect for Easter.