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A Healthy & Easy to Make Breakfast Treat - Blueberries and Yogurt

Updated on February 19, 2011

Yogurt Goes Great With Berries

October 28, 2009

Yogurt is a great treat at any time of the day whether as a snack or part of a meal.

While yogurt, especially the ones ready mixed with fruit or fruit flavors, is great straight out of the container, it also goes well mixed with other things. For me this mixing works for both the flavored and plain yogurts.

I first got the idea of mixing yogurt with other foods years ago while reading James Michener's 1971 bestseller, The Drifters. At one point in that book the narrator, an American sales rep working out of Geneva, Switzerland, described his favorite breakfast as including granola mixed with yogurt.

Granola was just starting to be marketed in the United States at the time I read the book so I tried the combination and liked it. Since then I have experimented mixing yogurt with cereals and other foods with great success.

I have always enjoyed mixing yogurt and fruit and lately Costco has been offering a reasonably priced bag of fresh frozen blueberries. These are nice sized, almost as large as marbles, plump and tasty once thawed. The blueberries can be thawed quickly in the microwave or, they can also be placed in a covered bowl and set on the kitchen counter to thaw over night.

While great plain, I have been mixing them up with yogurt and other ingredients described below to make a nice breakfast dish.

Blueberries and Walnuts

- Thaw some frozen blueberries in a bowl

- Sprinkle a little cinnamon on the blueberries for added taste (optional)

- Add a generous helping of walnuts

- Mix in yogurt

- Sprinkle some roasted sunflower seeds on top (optional)

Thawed Blueberries
Thawed Blueberries
Roasted Sunflower Seeds
Roasted Sunflower Seeds

Blueberries and Roasted Sunflower Seeds

A market near us sells small bags of various types of sunflower seeds which my wife has been buying recently.

They have a number of different varieties but she has been purchasing ones that have been shelled and roasted but nothing added (they also sell them salted and roasted and roasted with other ingredients as well but we prefer the plain ones).

These make a great snack by themselves, but they also go well with blueberries, or other fruit, and yogurt.


Blueberries and Roasted Sunflower Seeds:

- Thaw some frozen blueberries in a bowl

- Sprinkle a little cinnamon on the blueberries for added taste (optional)

- Add two or three tablespoons (use more or less depending upon taste) of roasted sunflower seeds.

- Mix in yogurt

Cinnamon as an Additional Option

Mixing cinnamon is another option that I have just discovered.

I have always liked cinnamon but never thought to add it to yogurt until recently when I was out shopping and a marketer was passing out samples of yogurt that were flavored with spices like cinnamon and ginger along with fruit or something else mixed in.

The taste was appealing but a little strong so I have started just lightly sprinkling a little cinnamon on the blueberries before adding the other ingredients.

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    • Chuck profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Nugent 

      5 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Thanks. Glad you enjoyed the Hub and, yes, I do like yogurt.

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      Sounds good love yogurt. Voted up.

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      Melanie Munn 

      8 years ago

      Great tips for making a healthy meal for breakfast!

    • ocbill profile image

      ocbill 

      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      blueberries work well in just about any food.

    • Putz Ballard profile image

      Putz Ballard 

      8 years ago

      I love the blueberries and have been putting them in my morning oatmeal. Great hub!

      Robert Ballard

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      J-ART 

      8 years ago from Florida, United States

      the cinnamon and blueberries are both great antioxidants

      I too eat my yogurt this way.

      Try mixing fresh ground flax seed into the yogurt- extremely healthy, and adds a nutty flavor.

      good hub, thumbs up!

    • judydianne profile image

      judydianne 

      8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Yogurt helps build up our immune system, too. Love it with blueberries. I'll have to try the cinnamon. Thanks!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love blueberries and eat them with yogurt and on healthy cereal. You had a lot of good suggestions in this hub. Thanks.

    • Catherine R profile image

      Catherine R 

      8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I often have yoghurt and blueberries for breakfast with some muesli - love the idea of adding cinnamon which is also good for you.

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      Carolyn Blacknall 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Blueberries are very healthy, too. I have tried them with yogurt but I haven't tried cinnamon. Thanks for the ideas! - Carol

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