We all love the weekend… You’ve got more time to play with, you’ve just finished a long week at work, and starting your Saturday slowly and indulgently signals that it’s weekend relaxation time. I get it—no Saturday morning is complete without your fave avo on toast and a creamy almond latte at your local healthy cafe. But in the name of saving cash, brunch at home doesn’t have to be just another boring replica of your weekday breakfasts. With a few simple tips, you can make a healthy brunch at home that not only tastes amazing, but will also save you some dollars and change up your regular weekend routine.
1. Add flavour as if you were trying to impress someone
No-one wants a bland brunch, so add the little extras that you may not have time for on the weekdays. Fresh herbs like coriander, parsley and dill, a sprinkle of toasted nuts and seeds, a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of good olive oil. This is actually my number one tip when it comes to making food tasty, you can’t go wrong with a good olive oil to uplift any dish. If you’re feeling extra fancy, add something you wouldn’t normally have in the weekdays. A little goat’s cheese, some homemade pesto, or that really good relish you bought last week.
2. Make it a moment to remember
You’ve got more time to play with so sit down, eat mindfully and avoid having your eyes glued to the phone screen while you scoff down your meal. Serve up your brunch on a nice plate (remember we’re trying to recreate the cool cafe vibe here), put on some music, or sit outside and listen to the birds chirping.
3. Get creative with recipes and mix it up
If you down a smoothie every weekday on the way to work, try an omelette for something special on your weekend morning. If you’re a loyal avo on toast girl, try making a gram-worthy smoothie bowl. This is a good time to break out all those recipes you’ve saved that you swear you’re going to try one day. You never know, you might discover a new fave!
Brunch at home does not have to mean eating alone! Change things up and invite your girlfriend over for brunch at yours. Trust me, she’ll be impressed with your efforts and it’ll be way more memorable than just another smashed avo in a cafe. Throw in some bonus self care and do a face mask while your brunching—since you’re not out at a cafe you may as well make the most of it!
Skipping brunch and going straight for dessert? Check out Liv’s recipe for these gooey hazelnut chocolates that are also dairy-free! For more, follow Liv on IG @livinbondi and Facebook @livkaplannutritionist.