Breakfast Yogurt with Toasted Oats

9 Nov

Let me tell you why pay day is the best day of the week: aside from the obvious reason of receiving money, pay day is also GROCERY SHOPPING DAY!  I’ve heard that some people don’t like to do groceries.  I dunno… that’s what I heard.  I’m just repeating it.  I can’t believe it either.  To be perfectly honest, I would rather shop for groceries than for shoes or makeup any day of the week (and twice on Tuesdays apparently, because that’s what I did yesterday! lol)  I love walking through the store and figuring out what yummy food I’m going to be eating for the next few days, and I’m constantly discovering new products. My fridge loves grocery shopping days too.  Look at this guy…. he’s smiling because his belly is full 🙂


The only (and I mean ONLY) downside to having all this food is narrowing down what to eat first.  I made a list so as not to forget anything 😉

After much deliberation last night as to what I should have for breakfast today, I settled on an old classic: Greek Yogurt.  Now, my preferred way of eating yogurt for breakfast is a sort of “kitchen sink” approach (you’ll hear me use this term often, as I’m a big proponent of using as many different fruits and vegetables as possible in your meals); a typical dish would include 2-3 fresh fruits, 2-3 dried fruits, granola, nuts, honey, and maybe some whey protein powder for good measure.  However, since I’m trying to be a little more mindful of my post-show caloric intake this time around, I have to limit myself to just a few key pieces.  I find that a mixture of textures is what I like most about breakfast yogurt, so I tried to achieve that with as few calories as possible.

To get that chewy texture, I used a couple different dried fruits, but kept it to one total serving (14g each dried cherries, apricots, and dates).  Fruit is perfect for squishiness, and since berries are insanely low in calories I chose to use strawberries.  I swapped the honey for stevia and eliminated the whey protein altogether with no sacrifice in texture.   Finally, to get the crunch, I toasted some oats in a frying pan with Pam, along with some cinnamon and vanilla extract.  No nuts this time.

Quantity Item Calories Protein Carbs  Fat
1/3 cup Oatmeal 120 4 20 2
3/4 cup Low Fat Greek Yogurt 100 18 6 0
8 Medium Strawberries 45 1 12 0
1.5 oz Dried Fruit 115 1 26.5 0
TOTAL 380 24 64.5 2

Now, admittedly this meal is a bit lop-sided compared to what I generally eat at breakfast – it’s usually a more even protein-to-carb ratio.  And I like to get in one serving of vegetables too.  Buuuuut, this is sort of a treat breakfast, and since I’m still getting a good 24g of protein in there, I’m just going to sit back and savor my delicious Greek goodness.

Have a great day, everybody!

-Tess

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