How To Brunch Guilt-Free: Tips From Our Dietitian!
May 16 2017

How To Brunch Guilt-Free: Tips From Our Dietitian!

Photo from B Too Facebook Page

By: VIDA Registered Dietitian & Brunch Pro Addie Merletti

Alright y’all, outdoor brunching (slash boozing) season is upon us. So is pool season. How do we enjoy our social lives without taking a big eraser to all the work we’ve done over the past 8 months (or one week) on our summer bods?  Here are some ideas for smart ordering at a few popular DC brunch spots, so you can sip & bite without worrying about that post-brunch bloat!

B-Too:

Breakfast feels: Omelet Fines Herbes will be flavorful without being too fatty. Leave that goat cheese alone, the eggs have enough fat in them. If your speedo is feeling extra tight, ask very nicely to have no potatoes!

Lunch feels:  Mussels La Mariniere, swap the frites for a side of avocado and romaine

All the feels: Their bubbly by the glass is by far the bougie-est and lowest calorie, but the Green Mary Verte comes in a close second with a cucumber/kale/apple puree (hi fiber) and jalapeno infused vodka!

El Centro:

Breakfast feels: Tomato and Cucumber salad + Huevos Rancheros

Lunch feels:  Chicken Tinga Tacos + Shrimp Ceviche

All the feels: Ideally mimosa sans-OJ. Bloody Maria = salt and Agua Fresca = sugar

*Warning about bottomless brunch: don’t show up absolutely famished- even a serving of fruit before can keep you from getting buzzed too quickly and going HAM on the bacon!

Le Diplomate:

Breakfast feels: Poached Eggs Basquaise- normally would steer away from “creamy” anything but the portion is juuust right.

Lunch feels: Salade Verte + Salmon Carpaccio

All the feels: When the wine list is this good, no need for a fancy cocktail. My absolute favorites are their Sancerre by the glass, or the good ole basic rosé by the glass!

Commissary:

Breakfast feels: Huevos Rancheros or the Energy Breakfast

Lunch feels: Blackened Chicken Sandwich or Ginger Chicken Quinoa Bowl

All the feels:  the 1443 P Street if you need a cocktail, but they have 2 of my favorites by the glass: Dibon Cava & Whispering Angel rosé

More Brunch Questions? Or looking for some general nutrition 411? Email me at amerletti@vidafitness.com or stop by my office at U Street or Metropole!

Vida Fitness
City Vista 45 K Street, NW Washington D.C. 20001
(202) 289-8432 info@vidafitness.com Facebook Twitter Instagram

City Vista

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm

Phone: (202) 289-8432

$ 45 K Street, NW Washington D.C. 20001
Vida Fitness
Metropole 1517 15th Street, NW Washington D.C. 20005
(202) 588-5559 info@vidafitness.com Facebook Twitter Instagram

Metropole

Phone: (202) 588-5559

$ 1517 15th Street, NW Washington D.C. 20005

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm

Vida Fitness
Renaissance Hotel 999 9th Street, NW, 3rd Floor Washington D.C. 20001
(202) 742-1940 info@vidafitness.com Facebook Twitter Instagram

Renaissance Hotel

Phone: (202) 742-1940

$ 999 9th Street, NW, 3rd Floor Washington D.C. 20001

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:30am – 10:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 6:00 am – 10:00pm

Vida Fitness
U Street 1612 U Street, NW Washington D.C. 20009
(202) 939-2577 info@vidafitness.com Facebook Twitter Instagram

U Street

Phone: (202) 939-2577

$ 1612 U Street, NW Washington D.C. 20009

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm

Vida Fitness
Verizon 601 F Street, NW Washington D.C. 20004
(202) 393-8432 info@vidafitness.com Facebook Twitter Instagram

Verizon

Phone: (202) 393-8432

$ 601 F Street, NW Washington D.C. 20004

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm

Vida Fitness
The Yards 1212 4th Street, SE Washington D.C, 20003
(202) 554-0444 info@vidafitness.com Facebook Twitter Instagram

The Yards

Phone: (202) 554-0444

$ 1212 4th Street, SE Washington D.C, 20003

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm