Thursday, October 1, 2009

the greeks got it right

my new favorite breakfast...



it looks disgusting, and my far-from-professional camera doesn't help, but this my friends is a perfectly balanced breakfast. i can't really call it my new favorite because i've been eating different variations of it for about 6 months now, but this morning i added in more flax seed meal, which i really liked. if you've never eaten greek yogurt, it's time to get used to it. i say get used to it because that's probably what you'll have to do, but once you learn to use it in a way that suits your taste buds, there's no looking back. it's the highest protein form of yogurt you can find, and an excellent source of calcium as well. for my yummy a.m. concoction, i mix 6 oz or so of non-fat greek yogurt, a banana for natural sweetness (cut it into really thin slices and whip them to form a mush...it sweetens better this way), and whatever other fruits you have on hand. i usually add a cup of chopped strawberries and a chopped peach, and by 8am i've gotten 3 of my 9 servings of fruits and veggies covered. stir in some mealed flax seed (i used about 2 tablespoons this morning), and you've got a perfect balance of healthy fat (almost 4 grams of omega 3 essential fatty acids from the flax), protein (anywhere from 15 to 20 grams from the yogurt depending on the brand, plus 3 grams for 2 T of flaxseed), and fiber (4 grams from the 2 T of flax, plus whatever the fruit you're using contains). it takes some getting used to if you've never had greek yogurt before. you can start by drizzling it with honey, but you'll eventually get used to the fruit's natural sweetness and not need sweetener. i avoid artificial sweeteners as much as possible, but if you're cool with them, that can sweeten it calorie-free. i'm not a vegetarian, but most days i could do without meat, so the yogurt's protein is a great way to fuel my muscles for my workouts. oh, and since i have to have something sweet every afternoon during k and b's nap, i also sometimes make a dessert out of my favorite greek friend by mixing the yogurt with fruit and cool whip. it's even better if you make a big batch of it and put it in a graham cracker crust. now arrowhead mills even makes an organic graham cracker crust that contains organic evaporated cane juice instead of sugar, and organic whole wheat flour in addition to the usual wheat flour. my thanks to the greeks for this lovely creation (unless it's just called greek yogurt for some other reason?).

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