Friday, May 4, 2012

My go to Breakfast and sometimes Lunch

Just wanted to pop in and share what has been my go to breakfast and sometimes lunch (when I am in a hurry) lately. I know I am not reinventing the wheel and that this is something that a lot of people probably eat but one morning I found myself bored with the same old oatmeal I was eating for breakfast and began to look for something else that I could eat that would be a good balance of both protein and carbs. I decided on a yogurt parfait. I used Greek yogurt as my base which I have heard from a lot of you is not your favorite. Yes it is sour I agree with you and plain it is not something I can eat but I always sweeten mine with a little bit of stevia and some vanilla which makes it great in my opinion. Before you say yuck to Greek yogurt, have you tried to sweeten it up and add a little flavor? Try it you might like it.

Yogurt Parfait
3/4 cup non fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup high fiber cereal (I used a grape-nut type cereal)
2 strawberries
1/4 banana
stevia (to taste)
vanilla (to taste)


Start by sweetening and flavoring your yogurt with vanilla and stevia. I don't put an amount because everyone likes things at a different sweetness level. If I want to change the flavor, say if I am using raspberries instead of the strawberries, I will sometimes add a little lemon juice and lemon zest instead of the vanilla to make a lemon flavored yogurt.

Cut up your berries and banana

You will then start layering your yogurt, high fiber cereal, berries and banana.
When you have used all of your ingredients, your parfait is done. Enjoy!

Note: I am aware that the blueprint for breakfast is 1 protein and 1 slow carb or slow fruit. 1 serving of a high fiber cereal is 1 cup and I only used 1/4 cup along with what ends up being about 1/2 cup of fruit which is only 1/2 of a serving. So all together I am getting about what is allowed in the blueprint but if you don't feel comfortable with that, go with one or the other. Use all fruit and leave out the cereal or use all cereal and leave out the fruit.

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