Valentine’s Day was last weekend, but it’s not too late to enjoy a delicious treat that’s good for your heart (and your taste buds).
It’s a super yummy breakfast sundae recipe that’s packed with heart-healthy and delicious ingredients.
TIP: This also makes a great snack.
Here’s a quick rundown of why this sundae’s ingredients are so good for your heart:
Quinoa: Studies show that eating whole grains is associated with both lower cholesterol and blood pressure … AND a lower risk of heart disease.
Berries: In addition to being filled with fiber, berries are rich in antioxidants that can protect you from the oxidative stress and inflammation that contribute to heart disease.
Walnuts: First, walnuts have more omega 3 fatty acids than any other nuts. And second, studies show that they can help reduce cholesterol and blood pressure. They also appear to be associated with a lower risk of heart disease.
Dates: The two types of fiber in Medjool dates can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as help control blood sugar levels.
Yogurt: This fermented food has been linked with healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Pretty impressive right?
Berry Delicious Breakfast Sundae
- 1/2 cup (85 grams) dry quinoa, rinsed and then soaked for 10 minutes.
- 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 1/2 -2 tsp maple syrup or honey, divided (to taste)
- 1/3 cup (40 grams) plain Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 cups (225 grams) fresh berries (your choice)
- 3 Medjool dates, chopped
Drain the soaked quinoa and then pat it as dry as possible with clean paper towels.
Place the quinoa in a bowl along with the coconut oil, cinnamon, 1/4 tsp sea salt, and 1/2 tsp maple syrup or honey.
Roast the quinoa in a bowl along with the coconut oil, cinnamon, 1/4 tsp sea salt, and 1/2 tsp maple syrup or honey.
Roast the quinoa mixture in a medium skillet over medium-low heat for about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the walnuts about halfway through. These can burn quickly so keep your eye on them — they should be golden brown.
Let cool for about 5 minutes and then assemble your sundaes.
Spread half of the yogurt in each serving dish, top with a drizzle of maple syrup or honey, and then add the berries and dates, and sprinkle the quinoa and walnut mixture over the top.