Daily Challenge Sunday Mar. 04, 2012

Smart Snacking

Conquer hunger pangs with an easy-to-make yogurt parfait.

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    Daily 411 on Smart Snacking "Make a parfait"
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    Conquer hunger pangs with an easy-to-make yogurt parfait.

    How to do it -- When a sweet craving hits today, prepare your own parfait with ingredients you have on hand. Grab a glass to start; a plain drinking glass is fine, or you can fancy up your snack if you like with a parfait glass or large wine glass. Start with yogurt - preferably low-fat, nonfat, or Greek - and then add half a cup of fruit, such as blueberries, strawberries, or peaches. Top it all off with a quarter cup of whole-grain cereal or granola.

    Why it matters -- With protein, calcium, fiber, and vitamins, a yogurt parfait is what nutrition experts call a power snack: low in fat and calories, but filling and energizing. Power snacking on foods that contain this ideal balance can curb your appetite without ruining your next meal - or leaving you hungry enough to binge.

    Fun Fact -- It is an age-old Persian belief that Abraham lived a long life in part because he ate yogurt regularly.
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    Yeah -- Level 81 sprouting -- just for logging in today. Only 19 more levels til my fourth tree.

    Today's challenge was actually completed last night for yesterdays challenge of having a a complex carbohydrate and protein snack. So today I will have another and include a recipe to make a clean healthy Gluten Free Dessert called Fruity Dessert Parfaits. I usually make the granola and berries ahead of time, like the night before or in the morning. Then make yogurt mixture and assemble when ready to serve. Also if you can't find puffed Kamut (I get mine at a local health food store) you can find it online or substitute any puffed cereal .

    Kamut Granola
    butter flavored cooking spray
    1/4 cup apple juice concentrate
    2 TBSP agave nectar
    1/4 tsp vanilla
    1/4 tsp cinnamon
    pinch salt
    4 cups puffed Kamut cereal
    1/4 cups unsweetened dried apples, chopped into small pieces
    1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped into small pieces
    1/4 cups sliced almonds, chopped into small pieces

    1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with foil and spray with cooking spray, set aside.
    2. In a medium bowl, add teh apple juice concentrate through salt, stir until well comibined. Add cereal and stir until well coated.
    3. Spread the kamut in a thin layer on the baking sheets. Transfer to the oven and bake until the cereal is browned and slightly crisp, about 30 to 40 minutes, stirring once. Allow to cool completely.
    4. Stir in the apples cranberries, and almonds.

    2 Tbsp chopped mint leaves
    1/2 cup pomegranate juice
    1. Toss together in medium bowl and allow to macerate for at least 30 minutes

    Yogurt sauce
    2 cups nonfat Greek yogurt (plain, honey, or vanilla flavor)
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    2 TBSP agave nectar
    1.. In bowl mix together until thoroughly combined

    Assemble parfaits in 6 dessert glasses in the following order, fruit, yogurt, granola, fruit, yogurt, granola.

    Each parfait has approximately 150 calories, 2g of fat (no saturated fat) 36g carbohydrates, 11g protein, 5g fiber and 56g sodium.

    Day 1 pact with Becky, its time to rock this pact business again with an awesome partner. Your challenge today in Setting Goals is to "Break one large goal into 10 steps, and write them down." This is going to be a challenging 5 days for me as I'm horrible at setting goals. The one goal I do have is to Bike the Hiawatha with my boyfriend this summer. So to break it down into smaller steps is as follows: 1) buy parts for bicycle 2) get boyfriend to fix bicycle 3) plan workouts to get physically in shape 4) do the workouts 5) plan date to do actual ride 6) take a few smaller practice rides 7)keep myself motivated 8) buy required safety equiment for ride (helmet/headlight/tailight etc. 9) do the ride and last but not least 10) have fun.

    Hope everyone is enjoying their week-end. Mine has been a mixed bag. Yesterday was good because the boyfriend was in town but bad because my dogs got out and supposedly my male bit a kid. The cops showed up at my door and I had to surrender him pending an investigation. And because the bite broke the skin he will be quarantined for a minimum of 10 days to rule out rabies. What a shocker, my big lovable teddy bear is in doggy jail. The officers could not believe that such a friendly lab would bite someone. The only thing I can think of is the kid was teasing him. I can't even go visit him until after I talk to the animal control officer sometime tomorrow. My other dog is moping around the house because she can't find him

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    March 4, 2012 at 23:29 UTC
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    I have grapenuts and strawberries, but no yogurt! I added it to my shopping list though. This sounds yummy for breakfast!

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    March 4, 2012 at 20:02 UTC
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    I need to go grocery shopping but I think I have enough stuff to make this today! Yummy. I love yogurt!

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    March 4, 2012 at 18:04 UTC
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    This sounds good. I'm always looking for a snack for work, and I get tired of having just yogurt all the time. This would be a good way to mix it up.

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    March 4, 2012 at 15:02 UTC
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    Hello :)
    How to do it

    When a sweet craving hits today, prepare your own parfait with ingredients you have on hand. Grab a glass to start; a plain drinking glass is fine, or you can fancy up your snack if you like with a parfait glass or large wine glass. Start with yogurt - preferably low-fat, nonfat, or Greek - and then add half a cup of fruit, such as blueberries, strawberries, or peaches. Top it all off with a quarter cup of whole-grain cereal or granola.
    Why it matters

    With protein, calcium, fiber, and vitamins, a yogurt parfait is what nutrition experts call a power snack: low in fat and calories, but filling and energizing. Power snacking on foods that contain this ideal balance can curb your appetite without ruining your next meal - or leaving you hungry enough to binge.

    I will do it today :)

    Have nice Sunday :)

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    March 4, 2012 at 5:19 UTC
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