Sophisticated Savories

Sophisticated Savories

Friday, May 3, 2013

0% Greek Yogurt with Fresh Berries


3pm. Hunger pains. Whether it be a young mother on the go, athlete looking for fuel, businessman or woman sealing a deal or individual looking to tide over their rumbling stomach... what is a snack that is easy to reach for, while also being healthy?

One of my favorite snacks is 0% Greek yogurt paired with fresh berries and herbs - full of both protein and antioxidants... and fat free (gluten free too - but verify when purchasing... Chobani varieties, except for Chobani Flip products, are naturally gluten-free - for example). When bringing to the office, simply store the Greek yogurt and berries in a Tupperware container (portion out one serving). Granted, you can purchase the individual portions, but you will actually save more money when buying the larger servings.

In the morning, simply measuring your desired snack amount and place in a tupperware container. Drizzle with lemon juice and throw chopped fruit atop the yogurt (blueberries, mango, raspberries, strawberries, kiwi, blackberries, etc.) A hint of mint of basil aid in brightening the snack... if you desire a hint of sweet, agave is brilliant (a little bit goes a long way... 1 cup Greek yogurt only needs 1-2 tsp agave). When arriving at office, or simply at home, store in the refrigerator and allow to marinate. By the time three o'clock rolls around, you have a wonderfully creamy, non-fat treat (as the berries have had time to permeate thru the yogurt). Fresh toasted walnuts or almonds add a needed crunch for texture, with healthy-fat.

In order to add a little more substance, tofu can be added. For instance, if plating, I cut the firm tofu in a long rectangle. Under the tofu, I drew a line of reduced balsamic vinaigrette (perfect to compliment the fruits). In order for the Greek yogurt to hold its shape (in order to make a French "quenelle"), I simply whipped the yogurt until it held firm peaks (meaning, if I held the bowl over my head, the yogurt would not move). A touch of raspberry jam, fresh raspberries and roasted walnuts, along with edible flowers and a few basil/cilantro leaves were the finishing touches.

A healthy snack... either portable via tupperware, or plated with added flair.

"When you're eating something and your palate tell you what's missing, that's when you start combining" - Justin Quek

Fuel your body with the best.

Love y'all dearly!!

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