Every spring, the Valentine’s Day candy gets replaced with Easter candy in grocery stores, as folks gear up to stuff baskets with brightly-colored aluminum-wrapped chocolate eggs and peanut butter cups. And while getting an Easter basket (or raiding your kids’ candy) is arguably the best part of the holiday, it’s also a reason to gather with friends and family over brunch (bonus points for a planned egg hunt).
Yes, Easter seems like yet another holiday that revolves around food (don’t they all?), but you can still enjoy a brunch celebration with your health goals in mind. Of course, you should still savor your favorite Easter candy (in moderation, of course). But if you’re looking for some recipes to share with loved ones while also sticking to your plan, here are 18 Noom-approved Easter brunch ideas. From salads to sides to cocktails and mocktails, we have all of your brunch favorites covered.
Healthy Salad Recipes for Easter Brunch
It’s always a good idea to serve some veggies at brunch, and we love the idea of offering up a spring salad. Starting your meal with foods that are low in caloric density first can help you to feel satisfied and eat more moderate portions of chocolate eggs and jelly beans later.
Try this Easter Salad recipe from Five Heart Home made with strawberries, almonds, goat cheese, and a homemade vinaigrette. We also have our eye on this Spring Salad with Eggs and Creamy Tarragon Dressing from The View From Great Island—it’s a great way to use eggs you have leftover from your egg-dyeing festivities. Another light and refreshing salad option is this Cucumber, Dill, Feta, and Pistachio Salad from Spoonful of Flavor.
Healthy Sides and Appetizers for Easter Brunch
Still don’t know what to do with the extra eggs you have lying around? Try making these Everything Bagel Healthy Deviled Eggs from Running in a Skirt. Swap mayo for Greek yogurt, and top it off with some everything bagel seasoning (we love the one from Trader Joe’s). Another way to sneak in some veggies is with this simple recipe for Asparagus with Lemon and Feta from A Family Feast. Baked asparagus is great any time of the day, and the lemon zest really makes this recipe stand out.
And what’s Easter without carrots? Pay homage to the Easter bunny with this simple recipe for Garlic Roasted Carrots from Damn Delicious. Finally, mix up your traditional fruit salad with these No-Bake Easter Egg Fruit Tarts instead. Bonus: it’s also a fun recipe the kids can help out with.
Healthy Main Dishes for Easter Brunch
For Easter brunch, you need a star of the show (and it doesn’t have to be a roasted ham). Opt for this Spinach and Artichoke Crustless Quiche from Evolving Table. It’s low-carb, gluten-free, and vegetarian-friendly. Plus, it’s perfect to make ahead to save yourself some time (and stress) Easter morning.
Pancakes are always a crowd favorite for breakfast and brunch, but flipping up individual pancakes is time-consuming and not ideal for a group gathering. Try this healthier recipe for Easy Sheet Pan Oat Pancakes from Slimming Eats made with rolled oats (hello, fiber!), fruit, and yogurt. If French toast makes your heart sing, this lightened-up recipe from Ambitious Kitchen can be made even healthier if you opt for whole-grain bread.
Healthier Cocktails and Mocktails for Easter Brunch
What’s brunch without a few cocktails and mocktails? Ditch the standard mimosa and instead try this recipe for Lemon Strawberry Rosé Sangria. It’s the perfect sangria recipe for spring, and it looks pretty fancy when served in a clear glass with fresh fruit. Another delicious cocktail recipe to make using strawberries is this Low Carb Basil Bourbon Smash recipe from Peace, Love and Low Carb.
If you’re wanting to go the mocktail route—it’s always good to have non-booze options—this Strawberry Mojito Mocktail uses fresh mint and limes for a light mocktail your guests will appreciate. Lastly, don’t forget those blood oranges while they’re still in season, and whip up this Blood Orange Mocktail recipe from Marie Avenue.
Healthier Dessert Recipes for Easter Brunch
Carrot cake is usually the standout treat on the dessert table at Easter brunch, so try these Healthier Carrot Cake Cupcakes from Wellness by Kay that use whole wheat pastry flour. If you want to set out something festive, make these Healthy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Eggs featuring rolled oats, peanut butter, and almond milk.
Nest cookies are also an Easter classic, and we can’t wait to make these no-bake Healthy Easter Nest Cookies from Joy Food Sunshine. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free, and made with honey, making them perfect for people with dietary restrictions. And finally, you can’t celebrate Easter without chocolate peanut butter cups in the shape of an egg. Make your own with just four ingredients with this recipe for Paleo Peanut Butter Eggs from The Big Man’s World.
While we definitely want you to enjoy your Easter celebration—chocolate bunnies and Peeps included—we also know it can be tough to navigate an Easter brunch buffet full of calorie-dense options (plus, saying no to food pushers is a task in and of itself). By making your own healthier recipes, you’ll be able to make choices that are in support of your goals and also spread joy to your loved ones with delicious treats they’ll also love. Win-win.
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