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Cottage Fruit & Yogurt Breakfast

Cottage Fruit and yogurt breakfast bowl

Cottage Fruit and yogurt breakfast bowl

 

Cottage Fruit & Yogurt Breakfast

Looking for a quick and healthy breakfast that is portable? I have found myself eating this quick breakfast when I am on the go or at work, and it has become a sort of treat.  This was one of my only ways of getting a decent breakfast and good protein intake at a meal when I was pregnant with gestational diabetes. It is filling and provides sustainable energy so that you don’t get hungry an hour later – which is important when you are on the job and trying to avoid the snack machines and candy dish on your co-worker’s desk!

I use more fresh fruit when it’s warm and fruit is in season or when my beloved berries are on sale. If you use dried berries, reduce amount to 1/4 cup and only use a brand that doesn't add sugar. You can layer the ingredients in a jar, like a parfait, or just stir them all together. 

Fresh berries and cherries in a bowl

Fresh berries and cherries in a bowl

I use Siggi’s yogurt for it’s strong vanilla bean flavor and lower sugar content. Sometimes I use plain yogurt and add a little of my own vanilla. You can use fruit flavored yogurt, but I would make sure that the sugar content isn’t high and that it is naturally flavored. If you use a fruit-containing yogurt, such as the Fage varieties, then decrease other sugar sources by eliminating the dried cranberries and scale back on the berries. I try to buy yogurt with less than 12 gm of sugar per serving. Natural sugar in yogurt is okay – it’s the added sugars we want to limit. You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find yogurt without a lot of sugar. Plain greek yogurt is the best choice, in terms of sugar content. 

I use Carrington Farms™ organic flax hemp blend to stir in for the addition of Omega 3 Fatty Acids and protein. You may not like the texture, but I really can’t tell once everything is all mixed up. The roasted almond slices or walnuts/pecans can be homemade or purchased in packs that are usually found in the supermarket with the various salad toppings, such as croutons. 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup vanilla, plain or honey greek yogurt (whole or low-fat)
  • 2 tbsp. crunchy whole grain cereal (like Kashi Go Lean Crunch) or plain granola
  • 2 tbsp. roasted sliced almonds, walnut or pecan pieces
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries (no added sugar)
  • 4 sliced strawberries (fresh) or about 1/2 cup berries/cherries
  • 1/2 tbsp. flax/hemp blend or chia seed (optional) 

Instructions

  1. Layer or mix ingredients together, except for 1 tbsp crunchy cereal/granola and 1 Tbsp nuts. Top with the remaining cereal and nuts.