Greek Yogurt Breakfast

I am soooo stuck right now.  I need to lose 5 more pounds to be at my goal weight.  UGHHH!  I was supposed to be at my goal for Halloween.  Okay, that’s so not happening.

Re-joining Weight Watchers might be in my near future… but before I go back to keeping track and obsessive counting, I wanted to give myself one last try at doing this on my own.

Last Thursday, I went to see “John the Dietitian” for some advice.  The first thing he suggested to me was to change up my breakfast.  I got super comfortable ditching my old Fiber One Oats & Chocolate (ugh but they’re soooooooooo good) bars for Kashi Go Lean Cereal… also suggested by John at the beginning of the summer.  Well, that’s the problem… I’ve been eating Kashi cereal every single day during the week since JUNE!  It’s time for a change.

John suggested this recipe to me using Greek Yogurt and i am LOVING it.  I have eaten this for breakfast three times now, and every single time I am left feeling completely satisfied, stuffed, and even better, I don’t get hungry for HOURS.

Greek Yogurt Breakfast

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt 

1 Banana, cut into slices

2 Tablespoons Frozen Berries 

1 Tablespoon Ground Flax

1 Tablespoon Fig Butter (Trader Joe’s)

1 heaping Tablespoon Chopped Walnuts

Directions:

Put it all together in a tupperware container and bring to work.  Enjoy.

A few side notes about this one:  

1.  It’s absolutely delicious despite being ugly

2.  If you’re going to make this the night before, frozen fruit works great.  It will thaw out overnight and also as it melts, it will make it a little extra juicy!  If you’re going to eat it right away, use normal fresh fruit.

3.  I use 3/4 cup of FF Plain Greek Yogurt because the full serving size of 1 Cup ends up being SO MUCH food.  I do actually measure this out I just plop a few giant spoonfuls in the cup measure and don’t fill it up all the way.

4.  I’ve talked about the Fig Butter from TJ’s before, and I’m sure this won’t be the last time either.  It’s freakin’ amazing stuff.  Try it out!  If you don’t have it or like it or suck and won’t even try it… use a Tablespoon of Polaner’s All Fruit Jelly!  This will mix into the yogurt really well and sweeten it up a bit without being overly sugary.

I told you… not pretty!

 

As for my new breakfast helping my diet, we will find out soon enough!  I have been “bad” on the past few weekends which of course things like this:

nom nom nom

… doesn’t help.  I really need to buckle down and lose these last 5 pounds!  No one ask me out to dinner…. lol.

More of John’s suggestions and foods in my new work-day diet to come soon!

Blackberry-Watermelon Milkshake

So, I bought a giant watermelon last week from Wegmans, against my better judgement.  I LOVE watermelon but no one else in my family will eat it.  Sure enough, I cut up half of it (only 1/2 because I ran out of Tupperware!), ate it all, and now was left with a whole other half of a watermelon.

Not having any immediate use for it, I decided it was a smart idea to cut it up and freeze it.  SO… I guess I wasn’t thinking because I froze it all in a huge gallon freezer-bag… and it all stuck together!  DUH.

After hacking at the watermelon brick for a few minutes with the end of a knife, I separated some of the pieces and made this milkshake/smoothie for myself after the gym on Wednesday.  I really enjoy smoothies while I am cooking dinner, since I’m always so hungry when I get home.  I know it’s healthy and I know I’ll still have an appetite when I’m done.  The other good thing about it is that there is an end to it… as opposed to snacking on a big bag of pretzels or chips or even crackers… I just keep going!

BlackberryWatermelon Milkshake

Recipe by:  It’s Good to be the Cook
Serves 1
Ingredients:
1 Cup Watermelon, frozen, chopped
1 Banana, frozen, chopped
Handful Blackberries, fresh or frozen
2 Tablespoons Fat Free Plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup Skim Milk (or more depending on your thickness preference)
1 Tablespoon Ground Flax 
Directions:
1.  Combine everything in a blender and ICE CRUSH!  – or any other speed… I just like that one!
2.  Add more milk if it needs to be thinned out.  I started with a Tablespoon and had to add more.  Also, I had to stop and stir it up a few times before the blender got goin’. 

This recipe was yummy but the watermelon flavor wasn’t as strong as I was hoping.  I think this is because the actual watermelon wasn’t as sweet as they normally are.  I’d really like to try to add frozen watermelon next time to see if that would help!