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What are the Best Brunch Foods to Eat While Pregnant?

Pregnancy can turn even the most innocuous of activities into dreaded affairs thanks to the various impacts that little bean inside of you is having on your body and hormones.

Mornings are notoriously difficult times for pregnant women thanks to how pregnancy can lead to poor sleep and miserable bouts of morning sickness.

As luck would have it, there’s a perfect answer to both of these common pregnancy issues and the solution has become quite popular in recent years. You guessed it, the cure is brunch!


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Not only does the timing of brunch allow you to sleep in late and make up for the hours you miss throughout the week, but there are tons of brunch foods that will help provide the nutrition both you and your baby need while also being easy on the stomach and keeping nausea at bay.

oatmealPregnant women may not be able to enjoy every aspect of the brunch culture. Sorry mama, no mimosas for you, but there is a fun alternative you can drink instead.

There are still many things you can enjoy and some creative ways you can embrace the wonders of brunch even with a bun in the oven. Here is a brief list of ideas for delicious and healthy dishes you can enjoy during your pregnancy while taking part in the wondrous new brunch fad.

Delicious Brunch Foods for Pregnant Women

  • Smoothies

    • Smoothies are a great option for brunching while pregnant as they can be packed full of vitamins and nutrients while still tasting great and going down easy.
  • Oatmeal

    • Oatmeal loaded with fresh fruit is a scrumptious and healthy dish that can be both satisfying and easy on your tummy.
  • Eggs and Whole Grain Toast

    • Eggs contain choline which is a nutrient that promotes brain development in babies and that can also help boost your own memory as well. Combine that with nutritious and belly settling whole grain bread for a nutritious and hearty dish.
  • Baked Salmon

    • While smoked salmon isn’t a good idea due to the risk of listeriosis, baked salmon provides Omega-3 fatty acids that are great for both you and your baby.
  • Kale Frittata

    • As mentioned earlier, eggs are a great source of nutrients, but kale is no slouch either (it is called a superfood after all). Frittatas are delicious and go down easy.
  • Virgin Mimosa

    • I promised a fun alternative and here it is! Mockmosas can be made by mixing OJ with your choice of dry sparkling grape juice, ginger ale, or club soda depending on your preferences. Get creative and make your own tingly orange juice concoction for that mimosa sensation without the dangerous alcohol putting your baby at risk.

Pregnancy can be a difficult time, but you don’t have to limit yourself to extremes. There are plenty of healthy and delicious foods available to you that will go down easy while also providing you and your baby the vitamins and nutrients you both need to become the best versions of yourselves.

brunch ideas for two

What Makes the Perfect Brunch Date?

I’m not sure when the world decided dinner was the best meal for a date to be held during, but I’m here to say the world is wrong. Dates, especially first dates, can be rather delicate affairs that involve a protracted process of feeling the other person out and getting an idea for who they are.

However, first dates can also be something you want to end the second you have sat down depending on the person on the other side of the table from you.

Determining whether someone else is a good fit for your personality is difficult to do with the other distractions that come along with late night dining. Dinner typically includes multiple courses, stricter dress code and nearly obligatory alcohol consumption.

This means the time commitment to dinner can be quite substantial and you don’t always want your date to drag on forever. Additionally, the drinking that tends to come with dinner can also put you or your partner off their game and result in muddied decision making.


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Breakfast, on the other hand, is too early for many while lunch dates are basically smiling at each other while chewing on a sandwich. This is where brunch comes in to save the day!

brunch ideas for twoBrunch is that perfect time of the day where you’re awake but still fresh for any coming activities and the foods served are the perfect mix of casual and fancy.

Brunches are also a bit of a special occasion as they are typically done once a week (though brunch can be a fun activity when schedules permit it to occur on weekdays as well!) All these ingredients come together to make the perfect date dish.

The perfect brunch date allows for the flexibility of spending the rest of the day together or the possibility of simply parting ways once the meal has come to its conclusion.

The specifics of the brunch date itself can be modified to fit your relationship with the person and your expectations for the rest of the day. Brunch provides heaps of options when it comes to the dishes you can order or prepare which means you can create the perfect setting for whatever outcome you desire.

A light brunch with lots of fresh fruits can give the right amount of energy for physical activities without loading your stomach down with heavy foods. Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more sedated, you can always go big on the heavier foods like eggs benedict and Belgian waffles for a wonderful day of lazy canoodling ahead. A mix of the two can provide just the right amount of decadence and healthfulness for a day full of open-ended possibilities.

In addition to brunch dishes being flexible, so too are the dress code and decor. The brunch scene can be equally suited for fine dining with Sunday’s best donned as it is for a rowdy, casual affair.

Depending on where you go or what you serve for brunch, you could show up in a business suit or shorts and a t-shirt and be perfectly dressed for the occasion. The laid-back nature of brunch dates allows for endless possibilities.

 

Guy Beringer invented brunch

When Did Brunch Become So Popular?

The origins of brunch are actually fairly recent in historical terms and they are well documented to boot. The first known usage of the word in writing was a short essay published in an issue of Britain’s Hunter’s Weekly in 1895 authored by Guy Beringer called Brunch: A Plea.

In it, Beringer made a case for the need of introducing a new meal that would combine the greatest of breakfast and lunch into a single meal that would be held later in the day. It was originally intended to be a Sunday reprieve from the hangovers received thanks to the previous night’s festivities.


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Brunch didn’t take too long to catch on in London after the circulation of Beringer’s essay, but it was sometime before it made the hop across the pond and became fashionable in places like New York City.

a brunch plea newspaper articleIt wasn’t until the 1930’s that brunch began to take the United States by storm. During this time, brunch was catching on in high society and in 1939, The New York Times fully endorsed brunch by declaring Sunday a two-meal day.

The rise of brunch wasn’t exactly meteoric however, but it did stick around and continue to gain some steam over the coming decades.

According to the Washington Post, once the 1960’s came around, the popularity of brunch engendered the creation of brunch-specific cookbooks – proving it had carved out its own niche in pop culture. It wasn’t until the 1990’s that Americans began to brunch on both Sunday and Saturday making it an all-weekend affair.

It was around this time that brunch became something that wasn’t just for the wealthy elite and began to find its place in regular households for the first time.

Some suggest the more recent mass adoption of brunch is thanks, at least in part, to the titillating Sex and the City television show which glorified the glamorous lifestyle of the four main characters who made Sunday brunch a regular part of their lives.

Whether or not Sex and the City is to blame, Google Trends shows the steady rise of search interest in Brunch since 2004. Brunch is not only here to stay, it’s actually continuing to make its presence known across the country.

As of now, most brunching seems to take place in coastal and urban areas while the Midwest and more central areas of the nation are still a bit slow to catch on. This trend is common in food and other pop culture phenomena starting on the coasts and taking their time to work their way inward.

The recent surge in brunch is thanks to many modern Americans beginning to forgo breakfast altogether. Brunch is a great way to sate breakfast food cravings for those of us who generally don’t eat breakfast throughout the week.

It’s also a wonderful excuse to sleep in and laze about in the middle of the day with a few cocktails.

With all the great aspects of brunch to love it’s no wonder the popularity of brunch has seen a steady climb this past century and become the star of weekend meals in recent years.

 

Guy Beringer invented brunch

Who Invented Brunch?

Brunch was invented by Guy Beringer.

“When one has reached a certain age, and the frivolities of youth have paled, one’s best thoughts are turned in the channel of food.” -Guy Beringer

So began Guy Beringer’s, the infamous inventor of brunch, Brunch: A Plea. The first known written mention of the word brunch was penned by Guy Beringer and published in a British periodical named Hunter’s Weekly in 1895.

The writer’s original intent for how brunch should be conducted and the reasons for its needs were not entirely far off from the way brunch is handled to this day.


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Beringer called brunch an opportunity for making life brighter and promoting a “cheerful, sociable and inciting” meal with friends.

In his writing, Guy suggested that brunch was the perfect way to sweep “away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” He went on to say that brunch was a time for placing yourself in a good mood while also providing time for relaxation.

However, Guy Beringer’s proposal for combining Sunday breakfast and lunch into his newly dubbed “Brunch” was for reasons not entirely altruistic. In fact, his reasoning (or perhaps begging is the better word) for making the first meal on Sunday waylaid until noon was intended to help himself and others get over their hangovers from the night before!

Guy Beringer invented brunchGuy Beringer wrote about his awful experiences with being forced to rise early on his only day off and after a long night of drinking to boot just to be greeted with a quick, plain breakfast in the cold of the morning.

He also spoke about the anxiety induced on Saturday nights that should otherwise be full of merriment due to the knowledge of the need for waking early the next morning – thus preventing you from fully enjoying your Saturday nights.

In his brief essay, Guy made his plea with the world to embrace this new meal that would stamp out the need to rise early on Sunday morning after a long Saturday night of drinking and carousing.

He proposed breakfast and lunch dishes be served together with tea and coffee (beer and whiskey were also permissible according to Mr. Beringer) and the meal should commence sometime between noon and half past.

In committing to this new meal type and timing, the denizens of the world could more enjoy both their Saturdays as well as their Sundays.

Dishes to be served were those of fish and other meat courses in addition to standard breakfast fare such as “marmalade and kindred features” (another way of saying jellied toast basically!) Guy considered eggs and bacon to be “adapted to solitude; they are consoling, but not exhilarating.”

He suggested that the standard breakfast meal failed to stimulate conversation while brunch is talk-compelling and a time for good humor and friendship.

The next time you’re enjoying brunch with your friends and taking part in some socially-acceptable day drinking, remember to tip your glass to Guy Beringer for providing you with the groundwork necessary to turn brunch into the cultural phenomenon it has become.