Recently I discovered Yoplait’s yogurts flavored in the delicious ways of Banana Creme Pie, Red Velvet cake, Apple Turnover etc. I Love these things! Add a little Bran and it tastes like a piece of cake in a cup. However my husband is not a fan of the low fat, aspartame flavor. Who can blame him. I was also feeling more and more guilty about the fact that I knew they contained High Fructose Corn Syrup. So I ditched the Cake yogurts and went for the more natural ones. ie. “less fat” instead of “no fat”. I even found that Target’s generic brand (which probably contain HFCS–can’t get away from the stuff) have delicious flavors like Honey Almond and even some cake and pie flavors too and they don’t have the nasty sugar-free taste.
Most mornings, or sometimes for lunch I’ll make myself a bowl of ‘goodness’. It includes yogurt, fruit, bran, nuts, and if we have it: Granola. Believe it or not, Granola is actually full of calories and unless you’re an active person, I don’t know if this is necessary other than to start your day off right. I like Quaker’s varieties of boxed granola, like Honey nut, Berry etc. However, this brand if probably one of the less natural and it includes a lot of sugar. You’re looking at at least 500 cal. per bowl with all the ingredients. Once I have more money, I’ll opt for the more healthy stuff I prefer, I promise.
I like the combination of ingredients here because not only does the bran and fiber help to keep you fuller longer, but the yogurt is working on your digestion and the fruit, ie. berries, is giving you antioxidants. I usually throw in a handful of almonds for extra fullness and the oils (same as found in olive oil) that help against cardiovascular disease as well as helping your heart and giving you your days worth of Magnesium and providing potassium.
So here’s one of the many variations that I do. And hey, if you don’t have yogurt, try milk; it tastes just as good.
Add all Ingredients into a bowl: Serves 1
- Cup of yogurt of your choice.
- Handful of berries, I also will cut up an apple, use grapes or basically any fruit option
- Handful (aprox. -1/2 cup) of Kellogg’s All Bran, or some other variation.
- 6-10 Almonds (depending how hungry I am)
- Handful (-1/2 cup) of granola–this is optional, if I don’t have this, I like to add raisins to the Bran for some ‘chewy’.
I don’t add any honey to this mix–even if I’m using plain yogurt– just because there’s already so much natural and artificial sugars. It should be sweet enough. So just sprinkle with love and enjoy