Healthy Eating Tip: Easy Like Sunday Morning
In honor of National Nutrition Month®, my colleague Susan Mitchell shares her tip to help you savor the flavor of eating right.
Easy Like Sunday Morning
Do you push at warp speed all week trying to get everything on your list done, yet you never do? On Sunday, I change it up a bit, fix a special breakfast and savor a slower pace. My mother was a southern cook, so everything she made was mostly from scratch. My love for cooking and baking comes from her.
Since blueberries are in season, I made a fresh blueberry sauce. Frozen blueberries work just as well, so watch for them on sale and keep a couple of bags in the freezer. The recipe for Greek Yogurt with Warm Black and Blueberry Sauce, which you’ll find on our Bring on Breakfast Pinterest board, calls for both blackberries and blueberries. I had only blues, so that’s what I used.
The color of the sauce becomes a gorgeous deep blue-black as it cooks. It takes only about 15 minutes from start to finish. To serve simply but elegantly, use a parfait glass that allows you to see the layers. Alternate layers of Greek yogurt with the blueberry sauce and your favorite granola or chopped nuts/seeds. You’ll get rave reviews!
Besides the eye candy and great taste, don’t miss these nutrition bonuses. Blueberries contain natural plant phytonutrients just like tea, purple grapes and wine, particularly beneficial ones called polyphenols. They’re a good source of the vitamins C and K, the mineral manganese and provide 4 grams of fiber per cup. The best part…all of these benefits for only about 80 calories per cup.
Did you know the deep blue-purple color tells you they’re ripe and ready to eat? Make sure these purple gems are firm and plump when you buy them, and they’ll keep in the fridge for up to 10 days.
Susan Mitchell, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND is host of the podcast Breaking Down Nutrition and founder of FoodFitFabulous.com and BreakingDownNutrition.com. She shares the food you love, how to stay fit for life and be fabulous everyday along with professional continuing education and digital/traditional media communications.
Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, CHWC, FAND, is a Nutrition, Culinary & Diabetes Expert, Wellcoach®-certified health and wellness coach, Freelance Writer, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator. She's also the author of four books, including a best-seller. She's a nationally-recognized media expert in high demand for print and online interviews, as well as corporate and one-on-one nutritional counseling. Jill's philosophy is that nutrition science should be understandable, realistic and oh so delicious.
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