“Mojito” Fruit and Yogurt Plate
30 minutes or fewer
Inspired by the Cuban cocktail, this breakfast brain booster is full of tropical flavor. Yogurt contains tyrosine, an amino acid that supports neuro-transmitters, resulting in improved communication between neurons. Ground flaxseeds are a rich, vegetarian source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help improve memory. And papaya is a great source of vitamin C.
Mint Simple Syrup
- 1 cup packed fresh mint leaves, chopped
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 ½ cups cubed fresh pineapple
- 1 ½ cups cubed fresh papaya
- 2 kiwifruits, peeled, halved, and sliced
- ½ cup fresh blueberries or frozen, thawed
- 1 Tbs. lime juice
- 2 tsp. lime zest
- 2 cups vanilla low-fat yogurt or soy yogurt
- 2 Tbs. chopped fresh mint leaves
- 4 tsp. ground flaxseeds
1. To make Mint Simple Syrup: Bring mint, sugar, and 1 cup water to a boil in saucepan. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and steep 15 minutes. Strain syrup, and discard mint leaves. Cool.
2. To make Fruit Salad: Toss pineapple, papaya, kiwifruits, blueberries, lime juice, lime zest, and 1/4 cup Mint Simple Syrup in large bowl (reserve remaining syrup to sweeten iced tea or coffee). Divide among 4 bowls. Top each serving with 1/2 cup yogurt, 1 1/2 tsp. mint, and 1 tsp. flaxseeds.