Brunch. Who doesn’t love it right?! I actually grew up eating brunch a lot on the weekends because my momma loved it. In the last five years millennials have created a Brunch cult culture, if you will. Going for brunch is a lifestyle. You wake up late and indulge in decadent offerings, sip your refreshing mimosa, and probably dish about the prior night’s happenings. (OMG, you did what?! Sound familiar?)
No brunch today is complete for me if it isn’t married to avocados in some way. But with the prices of avocados continuing to rise, it got me thinking. As young professionals, is it really necessary to spend $19 on avocado toast, or $14 on champagne and orange juice? And to think, many young people who are struggling to pay their high rent, for their shoebox apartment, have adopted these “brunch traditions” every weekend, that adds up…fast!
As a total past Brunch Diva, I’m totally not dissing on the joy of going out to brunch. Just thinking if we could start a new brunch tradition it might ease up on our wallets, help us to achieve a better life balance, relieve some financial stress in our lives, and engage us in concrete, creative, healthy and nurturing practices with people we love.
Maya Angelou said it best, “Eating is so intimate. It’s very sensual. When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you’re inviting a person into your life.”
Maybe a circle of friends could rotate hosting brunch at their pad, or each bring a brunch ingredient/dish to a local park, rooftop, pier, or beach. Collaborative brunch anyone?
While a Long Island/Cali girl like me would never turn down a beach fiesta, I do like the sound of rooftop brunch. If you have access to one in your apartment building, why not watch the sunrise while slicing up those perfectly ripened avocados that you spent 10 minutes “feeling up” at Whole Foods?! Don’t pretend you don’t know what I mean! (:
And yes, I do cry when all the avocados they have in stock are so rock hard they could be used for lacrosse practice.
If you need a little more persuasion to avoid that $25-$100 brunch, be aware that consistently eating out does play a role on our health. Restaurants tend to use more sugar, unhealthy oils, and food chemicals than if you were whipping up dishes at home. The only true way you know what is in your meal, is when you are making it with quality ingredients with your own, able hands. Of course, treating yourself out to a special meal once in awhile is enjoyable, making a daily habit of it is something we should all try to avoid.
So, how do you still enjoy yummy brunch, save money, AND eat healthier?! Get out the avocado masher because we’re whipping up this breakfast/lunch hybrid in your kitchen.
Oh, and there’s no need to be intimidated. Avocado toast and other popular brunch items are actually fairly simple to make…phew!
Hold on to that avocado masher for a sec! I bet you’re wondering how much money you’ll save by brunching at your crib.
In a recent interview with Australia’s 60 Minutes, Australian billionaire Tim Gurner said when he was trying to buy a home, he wasn’t out buying $19 smashed avocado and $4 coffees. He suggested that if young people would stop overspending on things like avocado toast, fancy ass coffees (unicorn frappuccino, I see you), and eating out every single day that they would essentially be more likely to be able to make a down payment on a house. My initial response was, “SAY WHAT?!”
All joking aside, it’s something to think about. Yes, going out to eat is often convenient, yes it’s fun, but in the long run will it make you happier? If not, spend time with your friends in you cazz (casual) clothes, cooking, laughing, smiling, and making memories together…And reap the benefits of saving for something that is more meaningful to your life’s goals!
I love adding fun twists to my favorite brunch treats. Below, I’m sharing my recipes for Pesto Avocado Toast. Not only is this recipe oh-so-Scrumptious, but it’s as healthy as it gets!
Grain-free, paleo bread is the nutty and crunchy base for this dish. Then, creamy whipped avocado get’s blended with my herbalicious, homemade pesto. My pesto recipe is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids due to the addition of hemp seeds and quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
To finish it off, I topped each slice of toast with Kite Hill Dairy Free Ricotta Cheese. I am slightly obsessed with Kite Hill’s creation; it’s just so yummy! The ricotta is made from almonds, but made in the same way traditional cheese is made. My favorite part, there are only a few simple ingredients used to make this delicious topping!
I also blended up a tropical inspired Pineapple Acai bowl for dessert! I love Acai bowls, but they add up when you’re buying them out all of the time. Plus, they’re as easy to make as a smoothie, so there’s no need to be intimidated. Hmm, unless your one person I know. (:
For my blend, I added frozen pineapple, acai, almond butter, and coconut water. The tart and tangy flavors of the pineapple and acai are balanced by the smooth and creamy almond butter, and the sweet coconut water. I opted to go for all fruit as my topping, but feel free to be creative. Grain free granola, slivered almonds, cacao nibs, shredded coconut, or anything else you can dream up would also be a great addition!
As with most of my recipes, I tried to find alternative healthy foods to use to recreate recipes I grew up eating, or grew fond of in my college years away from home.
If you don’t suspect or suffer from food sensitivities, intolerances or food allergies, you can recreate this recipe using more traditional ingredients like dairy ricotta cheese (make it yourself, so easy!), sourdough, Italian, or Semolina bread, pesto and pignolias (pine nuts- My mom and grandpa insists we keep using the Italian food words and pronunciations we grew up with, and I agree as they are part of who we are. We could easily teach foreign languages and culture through food and cooking! But that’s another whole topic.).
Just, always use the freshest, most wholesome ingredients and a common sense approach by eating everything in moderation.
What brunch items do you like to recreate at home? Snap a pic and tag me on Instagram (@hay.b) or leave me a comment below!https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/business/avocado-toast-millennials.html http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/10/most-expensive-brunch-new-york.html