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Treat Her With Love on Mother’s Day

…and maybe with a Wild Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Sundae Too!

 
Mother’s Day is around the corner, which means that husbands, sons, and daughters around the world are preparing to share some special affection, gratitude, and fondness for the moms and grandmothers in their lives.
 
For some, this means flowers and cards, a walk together, a family dinner, or a phone call from across a continent.  For others, it triggers a yearning for the grand old tradition of breakfast-in-bed.  While breakfast-in-bed may be old-fashioned, this doesn’t mean the food has to be!
 
Warm Tropical Wild Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Sundae made with superfoods.
Photos courtesy of EA Stewart, The Spicy RD.

In fact, there are not a lot of moms we know who crave pancakes or waffles for breakfast anymore (no offence to pancakes and waffles, we just want something healthier). Most of the moms we know want something light and nourishing for breakfast, and ideally something that incorporates a superfood or two.

There’s a collection of truly inspiring recipe at Recipe ReDux.com, an online contest held earlier this year, which, by the way, generated 60 delightful Wild Blueberry concoctions from registered dietitians around the country. These recipes are guaranteed to give you food that’s not only creative, beautiful and delicious, but also wholesome – and we think that’s exactly what moms today are craving.
Our top pick for this Mother’s Day is an extraordinary Warm Tropical Wild Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Sundae. This delightful creation comes from nutrition blogger EA Stewart in Del Mar, California. She’s a self described, home cook, mom of two, nutritionist, hiker, skier, outdoorsy type, who’s always trying to keep things fun and gluten free! EA, or “Spicy,” as she calls herself, says if she had to name her diet, it might be something like: Gluten-free Mediterranean Flexitarian Diet.  Here is her recipe, which combines the best of two amazing superfoods:  Wild Blueberries and Quinoa.
We like it not only because it’s nutritious and delicious, but because it’s relatively easy to make.
 
 

Warm Tropical Wild Blueberry Quinoa Breakfast Sundae 

Total Time: 15 minutes               
Yield: 2 servings
Calories per serving: 450 calories per serving

Maine or Canada meet the tropics in this nutrient packed breakfast sundae with wild blueberries, quinoa, coconut, and macadamia nuts. It’s a sundae you can feel virtuous about eating for breakfast!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen fresh wild blueberries
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3 tablespoons chopped macadamia nuts
  • 2 teaspoons virgin coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons coconut or brown sugar, optional
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions

  1. Heat a small saute pan over medium heat, and add chopped macadamia nuts and shredded coconut. Toss nuts and coconut together, stirring frequently to prevent from burning, until lightly browned, or about 4-5 minutes. Remove mixture from pan and allow to cool.
  2. Heat coconut oil in the same saute pan over medium heat, then add frozen wild blueberries, and stir until mixture is bubbling. Turn down heat to medium, and add ginger and optional coconut/brown sugar to wild blueberry mixture and continue stirring for about 5-6 minutes, or until blueberry sauce has reduced and thickened. Remove from heat and set aside while you assemble sundaes.
  3. Place 1/2 scoop each of warm cooked quinoa {you may make quinoa ahead of time and reheat before preparing sundaes} in 2 glasses/bowls/sundae dishes and top with 1 heaping tablespoon each of wild blueberry syrup mixture and nut/coconut mixture. Next, top each sundae with 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt, then divide remaining wild blueberry syrup and nuts/coconut and place on top of breakfast sundaes. Serve while still warm.
 
Notes: Naturally gluten-free and vegetarian, but could easily be made vegan by using a dairy free yogurt. Calories per serving determined using lowfat Greek yogurt and coconut sugar.
 

So, for Mother’s Day, give your mom a treat that will make her smile, but will also help her heart, body and mind!  Enjoy.  

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