The Weekend Struggles
I’ll be honest, this past weekend as FILLED with binge eating junk food for me. I usually do a pretty good job of sticking to eating gluten-free and not splurging on junk food, but this weekend, especially with the Super Bowl, I couldn’t resist my temptations.
Come Monday, my body was craving fruits and vegetables, so I was actually excited to start eating normal (for me) again. I don’t mind giving myself a “cheat weekend” every once in a while, but it definitely catches up with me by the end of the weekend. Waking up Monday morning, I was groggy, felt full without have had eating breakfast, and my skin was dehydrated and stiff. My body was screaming at me for the past weekend! Here is one of my favorite, easy-to-make breakfasts:
Bananas for Blueberries
One of my go-to breakfast foods recently has been homemade parfaits. I’m not a big yogurt fan, but I eat it occasionally if it’s dressed up well. My favorite yogurt to use for them is Vanilla Siggi’s 0%Milk fat Greek Yogurt. It has 16 grams of protein per 8 ounce serving, but I usually eat 4 ounces at a time. I buy the 64 ounce tub, and spoon in as much as I want, and it lasts me for two weeks! The great thing about parfaits, in my opinion, is that you can mix it up in so many different ways. I always add fresh fruit, some type of granola, some type of seeds, and occasionally a little drizzle of honey.
When I buy the vanilla yogurt, I don’t need to add honey because it has 14 grams of sugar per 8 ounces, but the plain Siggi’s yogurt has no added sugar, which make a huge difference if you’re trying to cut sugar out of your diet. Adding all the fruits and granola naturally sweetens it as well. One of my favorite combos so far has been 4 ounces of yogurt, half a cup of blueberries, half a banana (halved), a handful of granola, and a teaspoon of ground flax seeds.
The ground flax seeds are a really yummy touch, without changing the consistency, and adding a bit of a nutty flavor. Some times I’ll add a half a spoonful of peanut butter for extra protein, and to change up the flavor. I use a lot of berries when I make parfaits at home; usually raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Some other fruits that are great in it are strawberries, pomegranate seeds, bananas, diced peaches, and oranges. I use a gluten-free granola with whole grain oats, pepitas, cashews, and cocoa nibs; 10/10 recommend! There are so many different ways to mix this dish up, and it’s extremely filling, which is why it’s one of my favs!