Taste & Tell: Current Snack Crave
Recently, I have been very proactive on finding the best balance of snacks throughout the day (it is essential to make it to 5pm without feeling miserable). I love eating more smaller meals compared to fewer larger ones so if your like me you will most likely enjoy this treat! After visiting my dear friend Mel a week ago, I was very inspired to continue making all the delicious concoctions she prepared for us. My favorite was this simple parfait which was incredibly filling and tasty AND healthy (could you ask for more?). Trader Joes has this ingredients in bulk and at an affordable price so I recommend making a trip there if you have one local. I typically stock up on a tub of greek yogurt, varieties of fresh fruit including mandarin/bananas/strawberries/grapes/blueberries (I could probably list more bust you get the idea) and my favorite gluten free granola cereals/grains. Most of this lasts me at least a week, give or take, and is on par with my new diet revolving around PCOS. If you need a recipe I did find one below adapted from another source. I usually just throw it all in a bowl or to-go container for the longer days! Enjoy!
- 1 1/2 cups favorite granola
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds or pecan pieces, lightly toasted
- 2 cups plain or vanilla yogurt, homemade (see related recipe at left) or purchased
- 2 cups mixed chopped fresh fruits and/or whole berries
Have ready four 1-cup or six 3/4-cup parfait glasses or tumblers. In a small bowl, stir together the granola and nuts. Measure out 1/4 cup and set aside.
Divide half of the granola mixture evenly among the glasses. Top with half of the yogurt, and then with half of the fruit, again dividing evenly. Repeat the layers with the remaining ingredients, ending with the fruit. Sprinkle the tops with the reserved granola mixture. Refrigerate the parfaits for about 20 minutes, then serve. Serves 4 to 6.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Family Meals, by Maria Helm Sinskey (Oxmoor House, 2008).