Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Yogurt Berry Lunch

What to eat for lunch has always been a puzzle for me. I'm usually the only one home at that time, so I don't want to drag out skillets and pots, cutting boards and graters. I want something quick, easy, and tasty that has a sufficient amount of protein so I won't be dragging at 3 PM. The photo above is of my yogurt/berry combo which I've found fulfills all of those requirements.

So here's what I use:

Dannon Greek Yogurt, Plain, 5.3 oz.
1/3 c. frozen blueberries  
2 T. ground flaxseed
1/4 c. walnuts

Using a hand chopper, chop this until the blueberries are mixed throughout and the walnuts are chopped to suit you. Yes, I suppose you could use a food processor, but the hand chopper is adequate and so much easier to wash up.

Okay, I do add a little Splenda to this mix. I'm working on liking it less sweet.

Protein - 23 g.
Carbs - 21 g. Fewer blueberries would make it lower in carbs, of course.
Calories -  366 - enough for a meal

This little treat is delicious and nutritious, a nice balance of carbs and protein, with enough protein, and high in Omega 3's.

If I were going to have this for an evening treat, I'd probably cut the amount of walnuts and blueberries in half for fewer calories and less sugar (from the natural sugar in blueberries).

Doesn't this look better than a box of DOTS? Yes, usually, except on Friday nights during a movie. It became a bad habit over the winter. I'm working on it. This yogurt/berry treat is almost like a delicious ice cream that doesn't make you feel groggy after eating. :-)

P.S. Putting it in a pretty dish makes it taste even better! And eating it with a baby spoon makes it last longer. :-)

Do you have a quick lunch that meets the following requirements:
  • good balance of carbs and protein
  • quick and easy
  • no MSG
  • no sodium benzoate
  • no nitrates or nitrites
  • no wheat or corn
  • tastes delicious
  • can't be slimy or look disgusting
  • cannot smell like dog food - I smell that enough each day.
A little crunch is always good, but not a requirement.
So if you do have such a recipe, please feel free to share it with us! :-)

This post is linked to Tasty Tuesdays
Tuesday Tag-Along
and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday
and Tuesdays at the Table
and Tasty Tuesday Parade of Foods


Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Morning darlin'. Just stopping in from TTA. Have a great day! Lunch sure looks yummy.

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner

Denise said...

This looks really good to me, thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Tueday following! Looks great!

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

You have all the bases covered with that one - quick, easy, delicious and nutritious. Looks great!

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said...

This looks delish!! I love blueberries!! :D

Thank you for sharing your recipe!

Diana Ferguson said...

Oooo, I need some of this!

Natalie said...

That looks so yummy, easy, and fast...I bet I could even do this one :)

Stopping by from Tasty Tuesdays at A Beautiful Mess :)

Little Hatchlings said...

sooo healthy and yummy. great idea...thanks for sharing!

Candace said...

oooh that looks soo good! Time for my snack. :0)


Uhmmm, now I'm totally STARVING! This looks way delicious!!

Denise J. Hughes said...

Mmmm. This sounds yummy. I'm looking for new recipes and new ways to include more fruit into my daily eating patterns. Thanks!

I'm glad I found you. It's nice to "meet" you.

Bethany Nash said...

We love a taco salad for lunch.

Jennifer Farris said...

Wow, that looks great! Thanks for coming by my blog earlier, I'm following you now! Yes, we have recently taken the plunge and joined Netflix...so far really enjoying it. We just couldn't wait for TS3 on DVD!


Connie Arnold said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. It sounds delicious and nutritious!

Cranberry Morning said...

I'm glad everyone likes the sound and look of this quick lunch. Thanks for the comments! I'm going with Bethany's taco salad next week. I'll probably eat taco salad each lunchtime, all week long. It's just easier that way. :-)

Bridger recommends 'Taste of the Wild.' He says it meets almost all the requirements. :-)

annies home said...

thanks for sharing this looks delicious

Mama Hen said...

Looks delicious! You just inspired me to go and get a yogurt! Have a great night!

Mama Hen

alicia said...

What a yummy, healthy concoction. Thanks so much for stopping by my tasty tuesdays and linkin up!

Courtney said...

I'm dieting so this is PERFECT! Thanks so much for sharing!

Cranberry Morning said...

It's perfect, as long as you keep the Laffy Taffy out of the house. :-)

Anonymous said...

So yummy! Visiting you from Tasty Tuesdays

alissa {33shadesofgreen} said...

This sounds great! I love adding walnuts to yogurt but never thought about flaxseed. Great idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Deborah said...

It is what I had for breakfast this morning minus the flax-seed and I added a muffin full of zucchini, carrots, apple and raisins. :)


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