This past weekend, I went to my new favorite brunch spot, Oxford Exchange. It is a staple for University of Tampa students, but it’s little known around the USF crowd. They have a coffee and tea lounge, bookstore, sunlit terrace, and dining room all under the same roof.
Their menus are seasonal and feature all organic and locally grown food, and their coffee and tea lounge uses products from local businesses. The brunch menu may be small, but it offers plenty of unbelievably flavorful, light and healthy options. I got a simple goat cheese, egg white omelet and a soy iced coffee, and they both blew my taste buds away.
Although the menu is rich in fresh and nutritious ingredients, brunch foods tend to be high in fats and sugars. Check out these two options:
Goat cheese, roasted red pepper, thyme, and wild mushroom omelet:
- Goat’s cheese is low in fat and calories but still contains high amounts of protein and calcium. It also has more omega-3 fats, which help reduce the buildup of fat in the arteries!
- Red vegetables like peppers and tomatoes promote good health and help your body fight disease. Lycopene is a component of red vegetables that can help reduce memory loss and the risk of several types of cancer.
- Thyme is an immunity-boosting spice that can ward off harmful bacteria. It is also a nutrient-dense spice, especially high in manganese. Manganese helps protect your body against free-radical damage.
- Crimini (baby portabella) mushrooms are the most commonly used mushrooms in brunch and breakfast dishes. The nutrients in mushrooms assist in energy production, reduction of free-radical damage and cancer prevention.
- Egg whites are much lower in calories and fat, and they have no cholesterol. However, they do offer the option of whole eggs, which offer more vitamins and minerals than egg whites.
Steel cut oatmeal (made with water, FL brown sugar, and toasted nuts and come with the option of whole milk and seasonal fruit on the side.)
- Steel cut oats offer the same benefits as rolled oats. Oats keep you feeling full longer because they are rich in dietary and soluble fiber and have a low glycemic index.
- Toasted nuts contain unsaturated fats that are great for your heart! Almonds are one of the most nutrient-dense nuts, and they can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and body fat.
Oxford Exchange is located across from the University of Tampa campus at 420 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL, 33606.
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 7:30 am – 5:30 pm; Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm.
Full menu and prices can be found here.