This is a time of year when it’s hard to eat healthfully, at least for me. There aren’t a ton of fruits and vegetables that are in season, you can’t cultivate a craving for nutritious food by walking the rows at the farmer’s market, and cold weather makes me want to eat dense, heavy food like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and chicken pot pies. I have developed one recipe that always sounds good to me, and is packed with nutrients, so even if the rest of the day is a wash, I can count of having made one meal that’s really good for me–a fruit and yogurt smoothie, plus a little extra.
- frozen fruit
- nonfat plain yogurt
- nuts of your choice
- cuisinart or blender
Organic groceries are better, but if it’s not in your budget, regular will do just fine.
This is the sort of recipe where you don’t really need to measure anything, you just make it to taste. Here I placed about a cup of yogurt, two peach halves and ten strawberries in my cuisinart; adjust to your own tastes. You can easily use a blender instead. Blend until smooth. Scrape out into a bowl.
Isn’t that beautiful? Food has to be good-lookin’ or it’s hard to get excited about. I love this meal as much for its aesthetics as its taste. Next, add a generous drizzle of honey and sprinkle with nuts. You could also use a flavored yogurt and skip the honey but flavored yogurt uses sugar/corn syrup so I’d just rather buy plain yogurt and flavor it with honey which is better for you. Eat with a spoon and enjoy!
This bowl o’ goodness has protein from the yogurt, good fats (and protein) from the nuts, and vitamins and fiber from the fruit. You can vary this in so many ways according to your tastes. Use Greek yogurt; add some juice if you like a thinner smoothie; add granola or cereal if you want something even more substantial; toss in flax or chia seeds for extra nutrients; add dried cranberries or raisins for more sweetness. Happy eating!