Dee Dee in The Kitchen
EDITORS NOTES: Sprint Champion D'Asia Duncan is also an incredible chef and she will be sharing her recipes here at Youthrunner.com and in Youth Runner Magazine starting with the March-April issue. I didn't realize that blueberries had so many amazing health benefits for runners.
Healthy Food For Young Runners
How to Make Blueberry Pancakes
2 Cups of Aunt Jemima Buttermilk pancake mix
1 ½ cup of water
1 cup of fresh rinsed blueberries
1” pieces of butter
1-2 tablespoons of Log Cabin Syrup
Combine all ingredients into mixing bowl
Turn stove on to medium heat
Melt one piece of butter onto a medium size skillet
Carefully pour 4-5” diameter size of batter onto skillet
Quickly attempt to even out blueberries with fork
Cook on 1st side for 1.5-2 minutes or until the pancake is full of bubbles
Carefully flip pancake using a spatula
Cook on 2nd side for 60 seconds
Carefully pick the pancake up with spatula and place onto a plate
Repeat instruction 3-9 until all pancakes are cooked (Makes about 8 pancakes)
Top 2-3 stacked pancakes with 1-2 tablespoons of syrup
The benefits of pancakes & blueberries:
Pancakes are a good source of calcium and offer the vitamins needed on game day.
Pancakes contain a good level of protein and carbohydrates that restore the glycogen burned off during races and/or workouts.
Blueberries are high in phytonutrients, which can help with inflammation.
The Vitamin-C and Potassium found in blueberries help the body repair micro-tears.
Blueberries promote brain function and boost energy.
Blueberries are packed with vitamin C, manganese and fiber which are beneficial for your immune system, cardiovascular system and overall energy that runners need.