Time to sweeten up – Mother’s Day Special treat
IF YOU’RE GOING TO EAT SUGAR, THIS MAY BE THE HEALTHIEST WAY TO DO IT
Sophia Brown, has some healthier suggestions that will satiate your sweet tooth and give you that energy you so badly need to make it to the end of the day.
Let’s be real: Most of us have a sweet tooth, and if we had our way, sugary treats would be a food group unto themselves. At the same time, we know that while sweets are enticing (and addictive), sugar consumed in excess has been linked to weight gain, premature aging, and type 2 diabetes.
If you have a sweet tooth, you probably think about dessert while you’re still chewing your broccoli at dinner. “Your snacks should do double duty: stop you from getting hungry, and act as an opportunity to get more nutrients. Eating snacks that can be found in a vending machine (even if you didn’t get them from a vending machine) will leave you depleted and grasping for that glass of wine at 7 PM. Instead, choose snacks that are vitalizing and support enhanced brain function. This requires a little more prep work, but it’ll exponentially reward you with a sharper mind.”
That’s why Sophia Brown, the woman behind Healthie Foodie Blog , is our healthy dessert hero. She walked us through one of her favorite sweet recipes—and it’s perfect as a snack in the office, at home and maybe even for breakfast. Additionally, Sophia’s recipe is an easy, unique way to turn fresh fruit into a super-satisfying snack.
Ready to try your hand (er, spoon) at it? Keep reading for healthy dessert-approved, anytime-appropriate recipe from Sophia’s selection:
Strawberry and Cottage Cheese Parfait – Yields 4 Glasses
– 2½ cups sliced or cubed fresh strawberries
– 2 cups whole wheat cereal e.g. Alpen Muesli
– 16 tablespoons cottage cheese
– 4 tablespoons Greek yogurt
– ½ cup peanuts
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice
– 1 tablespoon honey optional
Mix cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract and lemon juice (and honey if you opted for)
– Layer ¼ cup of cereal in a glass or mason jar
– Add 2½ tablespoons of the cottage cheese mixture
– Add a few strawberry slices/cubes
– Sprinkle some peanuts
– Repeat the process and finish with a layer of strawberries
Written by Sophia Brown, Dietitian & Nutritionist, Blogger of Healthie Foodie Blog
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