Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fresh Fruit, Honey + Yogurt Parfait.

When it comes to preparing food, I like to be creative. I wanted a healthy snack that I could have before class, and would fill me up. I grabbed out my tub of Chobani 0% Plain Greek yogurt and eyed the fresh fruit. I just picked up some delicious strawberries, so I decided to pair them with a very ripe banana (just starting to brown - those are the sweetest). 

Simple Strawberry + Banana Parfait with Honey + Cinnamon
Ingredients for 2 servings - one generous serving if you're super hungry!
6 oz Chobani 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
1 small banana, sliced
8 medium strawberries, sliced
2 tsp honey
cinnamon (as much as you'd like, or omit if you're not a fan of cinnamon
Prep time: 5 minutes

First, I layered the bottom of my Pyrex bowl with strawberries. After the strawberries were down, I scooped out 2 ounces (1/4 cup) of yogurt and spread evenly over strawberries.

Next, I put a layer of bananas on top of the yogurt. After I had a nice layer of bananas, I put 2 more ounces of yogurt on top. I also drizzled 1 teaspoon of honey (I used a local raw wildflower, but you can use whatever is handy) on top and sprinkled freshly ground cinnamon - if you don't have a cinnamon grinder, pre-ground cinnamon is totally fine!

The middle of the parfait, mmm!

I put another layer of strawberries, and put the remainder of the yogurt on top. I topped with bananas, then sprinkled more cinnamon.

Bananas sprinkled with cinnamon.

I also added more strawberries and drizzled another teaspoon of honey on top. Viola! Done in under five minutes! 
The (delicious) finished product.
A close-up of my snack time masterpiece!
This treat has under 150 calories (138 for one serving, 275 for whole shebang) and its good for you! Its super easy to make - you can even prep it the night before, if you'd like. If you can't have honey, due to a health condition, you can add a drop of vanilla extract and a sweetener of your choice and mix into the yogurt before using in the recipe.

Feel free to be adventurous with your fruit, too! Add more than two types if you'd like - its up to you! You can go wrong if you're making healthy choices and steering clear of unhealthy treats. As always, eat in moderation and savor each bite of your food. If you wolf it down, you can't really enjoy the flavors and textures. Plus, well-chewed food digests better, and you'll give your body enough time to send the signal that you're full.

Happy snacking!


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