Brunches are a prime opportunity to overeat and ruin your diet. The menu options are filled with delicious items, but many are unhealthy -- or you simply eat too much. Whether you are heading to a restaurant for San Francisco brunch to celebrate a special occasion or you are there every weekend, there are a few mistakes you want to avoid so that you have an enjoyable -- and healthier -- experience.
Heading to Brunch Hungry
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. It breaks your fast from the night before. However, most people head out to the San Francisco brunch places in the late morning, often hours after getting out of bed. By that time, it is common to be starving, leading to overindulging and succumbing to the temptation laid out in front of you at the buffet. Instead of not eating when you first get up, eat breakfast. It does not have to be something big, especially if you are going to an earlier brunch. However, just having a little yogurt or some toast when you first wake up will fill you up and help you avoid overeating.
Needing to Eat Everything
One of the draws of San Francisco brunch is the range of selections in the buffet line. You can have your eggs and bacon, some toast, pancakes, omelets, waffles, pastries and more. Many places also have some lunch items, like salads, pasta and meats. Then, there is the dessert table with numerous different options. When you pay for the buffet option, it is tempting to try everything that looks delicious. This makes it easy to pile up your plate or even several plates and then completely clearing them.
Rather than succumbing the desire to eat everything, find ways to limit the amount of food you might eat. This might be sharing items with friends, limiting yourself to just one or two bites of items, ordering off the menu rather than going to the buffet or simply not clearing your plates.
Unintentionally Adding Calories to Meals
Brunch is known for its many calories, but some still slip by. There are a few main places where you might find that you unintentionally add calories to meals. The first place is through indulging in the specialty alcoholic drinks. Having one bellini or mimosa will be fine, but endless refills will leave you with numerous empty calories.
The omelet bar is another place that you might unintentionally pile on the calories. A vegetable omelet, even one with the egg yolk, is healthy. Add a bit of meat and some cheese, and it still isn't too bad, especially if it is the bulk of what you eat. However, adding in every single option for meat and cheese, and it becomes a mega-omelet with more calories than you want. Therefore, keep your omelets simple.
These are just a few of the mistakes people make when they head out for San Francisco brunch. Enjoy heading to some of the best restaurants and indulging in this popular meal. However, do so with these in mind so that you walk away having experienced a delicious, yet slightly healthier, meal.
John Trinh has been writing for 10+ years. He first delved into the world of writing when he wrote his first article for his university's paper. Since then, John has enjoyed writing about technology, business, marketing, San Francisco Brunch and anything that he thinks he should write about.