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Homemade Parfait

April 24, 2012

My Favourite Go-To Snack

Ingredients:

  • Fruit cut into 1/2-inch cubes (kiwis, mangos, pineapple)
  • 1/4 cup plain/vanilla low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds

In a small glass, layer 1/2 cup fruit with 1/4 cup plain (or vanilla) low-fat yogurt. Top with 1 tablespoon toasted sliced almonds. Makes 1 serving (100 calories).

(Modified recipe but original source was: Whole Living)

PS. This isn’t the exact recipe for the Parfaits that I make. My Parfaits usually mix together oats and  homemade granola. But the above recipe is extremely delish as well. Here’s a tip: if you want to make it taste sweeter, add 1 tsp of honey/nectar. Want more of a twist? Add a sprinkle of cinnamon!

To keep this a healthy snack, make sure that whatever yogurt you’re using is low-fat, if not, non-fat. Greek yogurt would be best as it is packed with protein.

Think that 1 tablespoon of sliced almonds is too fattening? Think again. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats (the good kind of fats). This kind of fats is also found in all kinds of seeds and olive oil. A healthy dosage of monounsaturated fats can improve cholesterol levels, which will decrease chances of heart disease. It also could potentially switch on genes related to fat burning and storage. Besides, you need fats to survive – just the good kind, and not the bad (polyunsaturated fats). Plus, there are a whole bunch of other health benefits! I encourage you to go look it up!

Happy snacking!

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