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.

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  1. Very nice

  2. Every dishes looks amazing! Loved your blog.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. I Love Cornmeal cake and I found the recipe on internet will cook on weekend. I like this blog and recipes but looking for the recipes which have true nutritional values of Vegetables as per health point of view. Awesome work and delicious recipes.

  4. You may include the walnuts to make this dish more delicious. I am also looking to make this pancakes soon. Read about the walnuts health benefits.

  5. Those pancakes look delicious. Will try them soon.


  6. Amazing blog post.Excellent work done by author.I am really Glad i found this blog..will definitely refer this recipes.Yummy!!

  7. Erica, I am making the Creme Brulee French Toast for New Years Day Breakfast too!!!

    Ann- the aroma from the Filipino Chicken Adobo had everyone in my house lifting the lid! Even my daughter who detests soy sauce for some strange reason! So happy you are getting him to eat with you.

    About the calculations, yes I see that. Thanks for clearing that up. I am adjusting the points plus, it's the champagne that effects the points so don't have too many mimosas!! (or champagne!)

  8. Re: the mimosa

    per the WW materials we can't use the calculator for alcohol, or for foods containing sugar alcohols. It is something to do with the fact that grams of alcohol aren't reflected in the nutritonal information.

  9. Those pancakes are making my list ASAP!

  10. I just returned to Weight Watchers in early December after many years away. The first meeting, someone mentioned your blog. I am HOOKED. I've already tried several of your recipes. They are wonderful and thanks to them, I have sailed through Christmas with a weight loss!

    A funny story. My DH rarely eats what I do. He is skinny, but Mr. White Bread, junk food and fried foods. He doesn't like trying anything new. I was making your Filipino Adobo Chicken one evening. I always make the full recipe, so I can have leftovers. He came into the kitchen and suspiciously looked under the lid at what was cooking. Then he gets a fork and has a taste. He looked at me and said, "Are you gonna eat ALL that?" LOL He loved it and has since tried a couple other things I've made.

    Thanks so much for your blog and for making my journey back to goal a little more interesting.

  11. Oh my gosh, everything looks amazing! I absolutely LOVE your blog. I have made the crepes and they are delish, and I made the french toast for brunch last weekend and it was such a hit that I am making it for our New Year's Day brunch with friends – my husband said it was his favorite brunch food that I have ever made – and we make a lot! Thank you 🙂

  12. Everything looks yummy! Thank you!

  13. I don't have access to recipe builder at the moment, but when I add the nutritional info into my calculator, I am still getting 1pt. Strange!

  14. You are off on your calculation for the mimosa. It's triple what you said for that amount of OJ and champagne.

  15. Yum x 10! Fantastic Food…

  16. My favorite…the greek yogurt with berries. I LOVE that!!