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 1/2 cups cubed fresh pineapple
- 1 1/2 cups cubed fresh papaya
- 2 kiwifruits, peeled, halved, and sliced
- 1/2 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.
- Calories: 253
- Carbohydrate Content: 52 g
- Cholesterol Content: 6 mg
- Fat Content: 3 g
- Fiber Content: 4 g
- Protein Content: 8 g
- Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
- Sodium Content: 86 mg
- Sugar Content: 44 g