4 Best Blueberry Brunch Foods

Sunrise Senior Living  |  April 19, 2016
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Blueberries are not just a staple food in any delicious brunch, but they are also a key element in a balanced, healthy diet. Incorporating blueberries into your next Sunday brunch is a great way to add flavor and style and a natural bit of sweetness. 

Blueberries are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, and research has shown they can promote a healthy nervous system and benefit the brain and memory. When it comes to elder nutrition, these little fruits can't be beat!

Brunch is a great way to spend a Sunday morning, either with close friends or alone at a nice restaurant or on the back porch. It is also a great time to incorporate blueberries into your diet. Here's just a small sample of great brunch foods using these powerful fruits.

Blueberry Lemonade with Mint
A cool refreshing glass of lemonade is a timeless treat in the spring and summer months. This variation uses blueberries and a hint of mint to elevate this drink even more, providing a unique and utterly delicious twist to your Sunday brunch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Start by chopping the mint leaves and combine with blueberries in a large pitcher. Muddle them both with a spoon. Add the water, sugar and lemon juice and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Before serving, check the sweetness level and add either sugar or lemon juice as needed. Serve over ice and garnish with a mint leaf.

Greek yogurt with blueberry sauce
Another wonderful food that is part of a healthy diet, Greek yogurt promotes good digestion and is a great alternative to more sugary treats. This recipe includes blueberries, doubling down on the goodness as well as offering a sweet component to your brunch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt

Directions:

Start by combining the blueberries, water, sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens before stirring in the butter.

Add about a 1/2 cup of yogurt into a serving bowl and top with about 1/4 cup of the blueberry sauce. 

Spring Salad
In keeping with a light, healthy brunch, a spring salad is the perfect way to incorporate blueberries as well as celebrate the return of warm weather. This recipe is sure to be a hit, but items can be added or substituted based on your particular flavor preferences.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package mixed salad greens
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 green apple
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raspberry vinaigrette dressing
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

Directions:

Begin by washing and drying the produce. Next, slice the the apple into slivers. Combine ingredients in a bowl and stir while drizzling raspberry vinaigrette dressing overtop. 

Blueberry-Banana Pancakes
Another staple in a classic Sunday brunch, pancakes are sure to delight people of all ages. This recipe, which incorporates blueberries as well as bananas, is tasty and full of healthful elements. It's an easy way to get some picky eaters to eat a daily dose of fruits, too.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2  tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 bananas
  • Confectioners' sugar and maple syrup for serving

Directions:

Begin by melting the butter in the microwave. Meanwhile, slice the bananas length-wise and then cut into 1/4 inch slices. 

In a small bowl, combine the flour with baking powder, baking soda and salt and whisk together. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and buttermilk. Next, quickly stir in the flour mixture, and then add melted butter and blueberries.

Heat a griddle or large nonstick skillet with a small bit of butter or nonstick cooking spray. Ladle 1/4 cup of the batter for each pancake, with enough space between so that they do not touch after spreading. Softly place on banana slice on the center of each pancake and cook until bubbles appear. This should take about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip each pancake and cook until golden brown, usually an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Top with confectioners' sugar and maple syrup if desired.  Garnish with additional blueberries or banana slices as well.