Hy-Vee at Midday: Bring on the Brunch

By Nicole Johnson, Hy-Vee Dietitian

Holiday Brunch

The holidays mean two things for most people – family/friends and food! At some point during the holidays, many of us either attend or host a holiday brunch. Brunch can be just as festive and fun as other holiday meals.

Read below for some helpful tips and recipes for Cranberry Pancakes and Cranberry-Almond Granola.

Keep it simple.
Do not try to accommodate everyone's personal favorite. Include a grain, fruit and protein. To really keep it simple, try to prepare as many dishes as you can the day prior. The batter for the cranberry pancakes can be made the day before and stored in the refrigerator. The cranberry-almond granola can be made up to two months prior; just store in an airtight container.

Keep it healthy.
It is very easy to overdo the calories during the holiday season. Serving a balanced brunch will help keep calories in check. Protein sources, such as a yogurt parfait, will help promote a feeling of fullness without overdoing the calories. Also try to include extra nutrients into your holiday brunch by using fresh or dried fruit and whole grains. Go light on the sugar by using spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and fruits.

Get your family/friends involved.
It is no fun to be alone in the kitchen. Delegate tasks to your loved ones. Even little hands can help by washing fresh fruit or putting together the yogurt parfaits. Use this time in the kitchen to spend some quality time with those you love.

Cranberry Pancakes
Serves 2 (2 pancakes each)
All you need
• 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
• 1/4 cup Hy-Vee all-purpose flour
• 2 tbsp plus 2 tsp Hy-Vee whole-wheat flour
• 1 tbsp yellow cornmeal
• 1 tbsp Hy-Vee sugar
• 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 1/8 tsp salt
• 1/8 tsp nutmeg or 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
• 6 tbsp Hy-Vee nonfat milk
• 2 tbsp pasteurized egg substitute, such as Egg Beaters
• 1 1/2 tsp walnut oil or Hy-Vee canola oil
All you do
1. Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add cranberries; boil for 2 minutes. Drain and cool for 5 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg (if using) in a large bowl.
3. Whisk milk, egg substitute, oil and vanilla (if using) in a small bowl until combined.
4. Coarsely chop the cranberries; stir into the milk mixture. Stir the milk mixture into the dry ingredients just until combined.
5. Coat a griddle or large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Using 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake, cook 2 pancakes at a time until bubbles dot the surface, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until browned, 1 to 2 minutes more. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Nutrition facts per serving: 189 calories; 4g fat (0g sat, 1g mono); 1mg cholesterol; 34g carbohydrate; 6g added sugars; 6g protein; 3g fiber; 336mg sodium; 185mg potassium.
Carbohydrate servings: 2
Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat
Source: adapted from Eating Well, Inc.

Holiday Cranberry Granola Apple Parfait
All you need
• 1 Honeycrisp apple
• 1 tsp Hy-Vee honey
• 1/8 tsp Hy-Vee cinnamon
• 2 (6 oz each) containers Hy-Vee vanilla Greek yogurt, divided
• 1/2 cup prepared Cranberry Almond Granola, divided (see recipe below)
All you do
1. Core and dice Honeycrisp apple. In small bowl, combine apple, honey and cinnamon. Set aside.
2. In 2 parfait glasses, alternately layer yogurt, apple mixture and granola; repeat layers.

Nutrition facts per serving: 340 calories, 6 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 110 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 40 g sugar, 19 g protein.
Daily values: Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 10%, Calcium 20%, Iron 6%.
Serves 2

Cranberry-Almond Granola
Serves 19 (1/2 cup each)
Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 2 hours (with cooling)
All you need
• 2/3 cup frozen unsweetened apple juice concentrate, thawed
• 1/2 cup Grand Selections maple syrup
• 1/3 cup almond oil or Hy-Vee canola oil
• 1/4 cup packed Hy-Vee dark brown sugar
• 1 tbsp Hy-Vee ground cinnamon
• 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
• 5 cups Hy-Vee rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
• 1 cup toasted wheat germ
• 1 cup Hy-Vee whole almonds, coarsely chopped (4-1/2 ounces)
• 1/2 cup Hy-Vee sunflower seeds (2 ounces)
• 1 cup Hy-Vee dried cranberries, divided
All you do
1. Position racks in top and bottom of oven; preheat to 325 degrees. Coat 2 rimmed baking sheets with cooking spray.
2. Whisk apple juice concentrate, syrup, oil and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in cinnamon and salt. Mix oats, wheat germ, almonds and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Stir in the juice mixture; toss to coat. Spread on the prepared baking sheets.
3. Bake for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice. Reverse sheets top to bottom and back to front. Bake, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes more. Transfer to wire racks; stir in dried cranberries. Let cool completely.

To make ahead: Store airtight for up to 2 months.

Nutrition facts per serving: 263 calories; 11g fat (1g sat, 6g mono); 0mg cholesterol; 37g carbohydrate; 12g added sugars; 6g protein; 5g fiber; 66mg sodium; 223mg potassium.
Nutrition bonus: Magnesium (21% daily value).
Carbohydrate servings: 21/2
Exchanges: 1 starch, 11/2 other carbohydrate, 11/2 fat
Source: adapted from Eating Well, Inc.




This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.
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