Thursday, August 7, 2008

Bon Petit Dejuner!

Sometimes, you discover gems in the most random places! Always in search of tasty, healthful and kid-friendly meal ideas (not for my own situation, but more for a future career idea I'll fill you in on later), I wound up stumbling onto the University of Nebraska food website a couple weeks ago. For one, I didn't even know UofN had a food website, and this one was of a fairly high caliber as far as adhering to the U.S. government's healthy eating pyramid goes. I spent a couple hours perusing the articles before I even started looking at the recipes, which is when I found the base idea for the recipe I'm sharing today. Actually, I can definitely see myself using this site as a resource in the future, it's frequently updated (rare in this day and age when it comes to campus publications) and it's full of ideas for families and students alike.

Now, why this is called "French Apple Yogurt" is beyond me, but it is. My modifications are to personal taste and nutrition goals, and include using plain instead of vanilla yogurt and apple juice instead of water. I scaled the recipe down to 2 servings for my pre-yoga breakfast today, and used a small Pink Lady apple, since it was just me eating. With a sprinkling of Rice Krispies (don't tell the stepbrother - they're technically his!), this was a satisfying morning meal that can be fast enough to have before school if you prep the apple mixture ahead (next time I'll make a bunch and store it in the fridge... it's so good on it's own!).

French Apple Yogurt
Makes 8 half-cup servings
1/2 cup 100% apple juice
1 cinnamon stick
3 large Golden Delicious apples, skin on, diced
2 cups non-fat plain yogurt
1 tbsp vanilla
  1. Combine apple juice and cinnamon stick in a small, deep pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Add apple pieces and cook 10 minutes. Drain apples, reserving 2 tbsp juice. Remove cinnamon stick and discard.
  3. Reserve one cup of the drained apples, and put the rest into blender with the saved juice, one cup of the yogurt and vanilla.
  4. Pulse until mostly pureed. Remove to a bowl and mix in remaining apples and yogurt.

Amount Per Serving
Calories: 83.0
Total Fat: 0.4 g
Cholesterol: 1.2 mg
Sodium: 47.3 mg
Total Carbs: 17.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.2 g
Protein: 3.7 g

1 comment :

  1. I'm thinking the "French" in there is because it has vanilla in it. Kinda like "French Vanilla" iced cream. Odd.

    Sounds yummy, though!


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