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Let Them Eat Brunch!

Healthy brunch ideas to help celebrate moms and dads

By Melanie Peters   |   May 01, 2017

​Just in time for Mother’s and Father’s Day, a celebratory brunch has been added to the menu options for new mothers who deliver their babies at Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health. Thanks to Rodney Fry, executive chef, new parents can enjoy healthier versions of several brunch favorites, including: Fried Eggs Benedict that features turkey and spinach; Vegetable Wellington, made with locally-sourced, roasted vegetables; and other brunch favorites like French toast and smoked salmon. Nutritionally dense, these menu items are all part of UC San Diego Health’s mission to advance healthful, sustainable food practices. 

smoked salmon

The tastiest of portmanteaus, brunch is a great way to get the best of both worlds: breakfast all day! Plus, with items rich in protein, good-for-you carbohydrates and vitamin B, brunch helps boost and sustain a good mood. What better way to celebrate your moms and dads (and grads)? Here are some healthy, hearty ideas to help you host a delicious, nutritious, mood-boosting brunch.

Butternut Squash Kale Hash (Recipe courtesy of

A healthier twist on a diner favorite, this hash substitutes starchy potatoes with vitamin A-rich butternut squash (also high in vitamins C, E and four of the Bs) and that powerhouse of all things good for you, kale. Topped with a sunny-side-up, protein-packed egg, this dish is sure to please.  

Blueberry Buckwheat Pankcakes (Recipe courtesy of Food Network)

Bursting with blueberries, these whole grain pancakes are the perfect choice for a brunch menu. Naturally sweet blueberries are high in iron and potassium, which helps maintain healthy bones, and buckwheat, a whole grain, is full of good-for-you dietary fiber

Cauliflower Hash Browns (Recipe courtesy of Buzzfeed)

A hearty brunch has to include sides and who doesn’t love crispy hash browns? Cauliflower is wonderfully versatile and a great way to sneak in some extra nutrition for those picky eaters — chances are good that no one will even notice that these crispy, delicious hash browns aren’t made with potatoes. Plus, you can prepare the hash browns a day in advance, keeping them in the fridge until you’re ready to cook.