Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Baby Will You Be My Yogurt and Fruit

There's no better combination than yogurt and fruit for breakfast. Mmm Mmm Mmm. Here's how I make my morning parfaits:

-Nonfat (or 2% if preferred) Greek Yogurt
-1/2 Banana, sliced
-1/4 cup Pineapple, chopped
-1 Orange, sliced
-Berries/mango/apples/any fruit on hand
-4-5 Walnuts, chopped
-1 Tablespoon of raisins (optional)
-Honey (optional)

Combine all the fruit in a bowl. Place a generous scoop of yogurt on top. Sprinkle the walnuts around and drizzle some honey if desired.

Greek yogurt has up to twice as much protein as regular. It also contains less sugar and is lower in lactose. It's texture is naturally more dense and creamy than that of the average yogurt, making it taste extra indulgent. It gets its creaminess from a straining process that removes the whey, or liquid, part of the yogurt. Try picking up some Fage Greek Yogurt instead of your regular Dannon/Yoplait/etc. yogurt at the store. Stonyfield also makes a Greek yogurt product, labled Oikos, which has gotten good reviews, however I have yet to try it.

Walnuts also add a substantiary amount of protein to this breakfast. They contain heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids (actually contain more compared to most other nuts). Walnuts have been shown to lower levels of LDL cholesterol (the enemy kind). They are also rich in B vitamins and Vitamin E.

And as always, fruit contains a colorful array of vitamins and nutrients, as well as fiber. By placing these three ingredients together, you easily create a masterpiece of art just waiting to be eaten!

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