Top 10 Lightened Up New Year’s Day Brunch Recipes

Did you overindulge during the holidays? Too many holiday cookies? Start your 2011 right with my Top 10 Lightened Up Brunch Recipes from 2009 and 2010!

1. Mimosas
Nothing makes a brunch fancier than a glass of mimosa. It’s the perfect brunch cocktail. Also a great way to use up any extra bottles of champagne from New Years Eve. I prefer freshly squeezed orange juice but if you’re pressed for time, store bought will do. Cheers!

Mimosa Recipe
Servings: 1 • Serving Size: 1 flute • Old Points: 2 pts • Points+: 3 pts
Calories: 95.1 • Fat: 0.2 g • Carb: 11.0 g • Fiber: 0.2 g • Protein: 0.7 g 

  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from concentrate would work)
  • 1/3 cup chilled champagne of your choice

Fill half a champagne flute with chilled champagne, then top off with orange juice.

2.  Banana Nut Pancakes
The flavor of banana nut bread in a pancake, banana lovers will love these pancakes.

3. Crepes with Berries and Cream
I love making these skinny crepes when I have guests over for breakfast. I leave out bowls of fruit, jams, cool whip, powdered sugar and chocolate syrup for the chocolate lovers. You can fill them with anything you like.

4. Mango Nut Bread
There’s nothing like fresh baked bread for breakfast, and this fabulous low fat bread recipe is as easy as they come.

5. Greek Yogurt With Berries Nuts and Honey
I was recently at my sister-in-laws for the holidays and she had us over for brunch. She set up a healthy yogurt station along with the other goodies and had bowls of fresh fruit and granola. It was a perfect healthy option and easy to set up! You could even serve them in clear tall glass flutes to make yogurt parfaits.

6. Asparagus and Swiss Cheese Frittata
This delicious frittata uses reduced fat Swiss cheese and egg whites to keep this low fat.

7. Lightened Up Crème Brûlée French Toast
A make-ahead baked French toast casserole with a sweet sugar-coated bottom, perfect for a house full of guests.

8. Cornmeal Cake (Bolo de Fubá)
A quick and easy Brazilian cornmeal cake recipe and one of my favorites for breakfast or dessert.

9. Red Pepper Eggs In-A-Hole
A fun way to make eggs.

10. Low Fat Pomegranate Scones
I love fresh baked scones, if you can’t find pomegranates, use dried cranberries or cherries instead. Serve them with honey and light butter.