How to Brunch: The Hunter & Soul Way
We all know that restriction can lead to you feeling depleted and depressed, especially when it comes to food. We can can have the best intentions to stick to a meal plan and to have better eating habits, but despite wanting the best for our bodies, there are times we simply just want to enjoy a meal with friends or attend that Sunday brunch.
Hunter and Soul is essentially about authenticity and embracing the dichotomy of life. I honestly believe this is the key to success. Being soft yet fierce, passionate yet peaceful, feminine yet badass, salty and sweet, yin and yang... you get the idea. It means embracing the extremities of both sides of the coin.
I want you to to be able to adopt healthier lifestyle choices yet still be able to indulge in the things you love most. But to help you to avoid the slippery slope of the cyclical motions of crash dieting , I’ve compiled my list of how to eat out the Hunter and Soul way.
GUIDE TO BRUNCHING: (Or Lunching/Dinnering/etc)
- Be prepared. Before you arrive at the restaurant, check their menu and make a plan of what you’ll order to stick to your goals.
As soon as you arrive, order hot water and lemon. Drinking this before your meal will help to activate your digestive system.
Say no to the pre-meal bread basket/chips and salsa. Save yourself for the real good stuff.
Stick to ordering whole foods. That is, foods that don’t have ingredients, foods that ARE ingredients.
Opt for savory dishes, not sweet.
Forego the appetizer and just order one dish. Or, order two appetizers and no main. Either way, be mindful of portion control.
Crowd out. Fill up on the good stuff first. Order a side of veggies or green salad to start and then consider splitting your indulgent meal with a friend afterwards.
Know what your food is cooked in, and how it is prepared. Opt for grilled, poached, baked, steamed or broiled. Avoid fried. (Also avoid canola, seed and vegetable oils. Choose coconut, olive and avocado oils.)
Ask for your dressings/sauces/marinades on the side. Ask your server what the ingredients are and if in doubt, ask for a side of olive oil and lemon.
Avoid grains. However if you must have bread, go for sourdough. This type of dough has already started the fermentation process and is far easier to digest. Alternatively, ask for a bed of greens or veggies instead of the grain option (e.g. kale or spinach).
Be careful of sugary drinks - water is the best option if you want to avoid extra calories and carbs!
Avoid dessert. Instead, order herbal tea, share a cheese platter (with no crackers) or ask for a plate of fresh berries.
Be present and mindful. Commit to actually ENJOYING the company you’re with and engage in interesting conversation. Also, sip water as you eat to avoid wolfing your food down.
Poached Eggs with Avocado on a bed of Spinach
Unsweetened Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit
Unsweetened Yoghurt with Fresh Fruit
Smoked Salmon, Boiled Eggs with Watercress
Steamed Veggies with Grilled Chicken
Salmon Steak with Salad (dressed with EVOO and lemon juice)
Grass fed burger in a lettuce wrap with side of veggies or baked sweet potato
Avocado toast with extra veggies on sourdough toast
Brown Rice Sushi
Sashimi and Greens
Quality Protein with Quinoa and Vegetables
Fresh Vegetable crudite platter
Black Coffee/Cold Brew
Soda Water with Fresh Lemon
Iced Tea (Unsweetened)
Green Juice (NO Fruit, just greens)
Protein Smoothie with low carb fruit options
I hope you found some value out of this post. If you have a comment, question or any feedback, I would love to hear from you. Email me at hunterandsoulnyc(@)gmail.com and be sure to follow me on Instagram @tashahunter.