Skip the wait at your local cafe and make delicious (and nutritious!) pancakes, grits and more in your own kitchen. Talk about a wake-up call!


Blueberry Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas

These pancakes are made with whole-wheat pastry flour, which provides a healthy dose of filling fiber.

Blueberry Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas

Huevos Rancheros Salad

Swapping in greens for fried tortillas helps slash more than half of this fave's calories.

Huevos Ranchero Salad

Sweet Potato Hash

Sautéing sweet potatoes instead of frying regular potatoes is a great way to save on calories and fat. Plus, it's much easier!

Sweet Potato Hash

Cheese & Chive Grits

All you need is a few ounces of goat cheese and some fresh herbs to make corn grits a delicious breakfast side.

cheese and chive grits

Turkey Sausage Patties

Skip the frozen stuff! Making your own turkey sausage is easy and additive-free.

Turkey Sausage Patties

Portobellos Florentine

This creamy, healthy riff on hollandaise forgoes yolks and cuts the amount of butter called for in the classic sauce.

Portobello Florentines

Baked Irish Eggs

Everything's cuter in a ramekin! This low-carb brunch option is bulked up with protein and veggies.

Baked Irish Breakfasts
Credit: Photography by Peter Ardito

Yogurt Bowl with Dried Figs, Roasted Apples, Fresh Mint & Coconut Flakes

Zing up your everyday yogurt with sweet, healthy ingredients like apples, coconut flakes and figs.

Homemade Yogurt
Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

Ginger Pom Spritzer

What's brunch without a few fat-free cocktails? Try this blushing beauty.

Grapefruit Lemon Spritzer

This sweet and tangy spritzer is sure to wake you up.

Grapefruit-Lemon Spritzer

Orange Cream Spritzer

This creamy twist on a mimosa is just 70 calories per serving!

Brunch Menu Do's and Don'ts

Feel like going out for brunch instead? Use our handy guide to make wiser choices when you order away from home.

brunch burgers

Something Sweet

Buyer Beware: It's no surprise that stuffed French toast, usually packed with a little bit of fruit and a lot of cream cheese, is a no-no. A typical serving is around 1,000 calories.

Best Bet: Calorie for calorie, pancakes and waffles are pretty similar: It's the toppings you need to be smart about. A half cup of berries, peaches or apples are all under 50 calories.

Whole-Grain Pancakes


Buyer Beware: Watch out for omelets that are made with three or more eggs and then packed with rich fillings like sausage and cheese. These mega dishes can have 900 or more calories -- without the toast.

Best Bet: Build your own veggie omelet. Ask if the omelet can be made with fewer eggs or with a combo of eggs and egg whites. One large egg weighs in at around 70 calories and 5 grams of fat.

Meaty Sides

Buyer Beware: Standard-size pork sausage patties and links have more than twice the calories of a strip of bacon.

Best Bet: You can have your bacon and eat it, too! One slice has about 50 calories and 4 grams of fat.

Bacon Slices


Buyer Beware: Steer clear of flavored coffees. The syrups used to make them can pack in dozens of empty calories per cup.

Best Bet: Good news: A Bloody Mary gets the green light -- it typically has just 160 calories. Skip the vodka to slim it down to about 30.

the original bloody mary