Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Parfait? Sure!

As I stuffed my face during the Super Bowl, I decided that I needed to eat healthier. I mean, for the most part, I eat relatively healthy, but I looooooove cheese. Ugh, just thinking about cheese paired with a crusty loaf of bread right now is making me drool. Sugary drinks are also my weakness. Iced soy gingerbread chai lattes taste like candy, and coconut iced coffee is one of the greatest inventions on earth.

Now, if I went cold turkey, I would drive my boyfriend up a wall (more than I already do). So I made a deal with myself - If I wanted caffeine, it has to be unsweetened green tea, a soy latte (no sugar or artificial sweeteners added), or coffee with soy milk. I can eat dairy products, but regular milk and I don't always see eye-to-eye. Cheese is on hiatus until further notice, which breaks my heart more than when I found out that Santa Claus wasn't real. Junk food/processed snacks are obviously not happening, and bread is also getting put on the back burner.  I am trying to incorporate lots of different fruits and veggies into my diet, along with more water - I am notorious for not drinking enough water. 

With this said, I needed a decadent snack this afternoon. I absolutely love Chobani greek yogurt. Last week, I tried the lemon for the first time. Why hadn't I tried this before? Its beyond delicious and its good for you (although it is a bit high in sugar). I put a little spin on it, this time. I just picked up a ginormous container of blueberries while I was grocery shopping this morning. I decided to make a parfait!

Now, we all know, presentation is key. Eating yogurt out of a fancy glass looks way cooler than those jazzed up plastic containers. Plus, making it look cool is fun. Well, for me, at least.

So, this is what I did.

Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Parfait

What you need:
1 - 6 oz. cup of Chobani 0% Lemon Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup blueberries, reserver about ten on the side for the top of the parfait
1 glass cup

What you do:
1. Put a few blueberries on the bottom of the cup.
2. Place a couple spoonfuls of yogurt on top of the blueberries.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 'til you run out of either item.
4. Place the reserved blueberries on top of the parfait
5. Eat your delicious creation

This is ridiculously simple. If you're too lazy to make a parfait, you can just sprinkle some blueberries on the yogurt as you go. A healthy, filling snack, that comes in at about 180 calories. If you want, make two mini cups, that way you can enjoy some later.

Feeling adventurous? Toss some Cheerios on top! A surgeon I babysat for the summer after I graduated high school taught me this trick. Trust me, its delicious.

Try other flavor combinations, too. I plan on testing out a different combination tomorrow.

Enjoy stuffing your face,


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