Fruit Salads and Yogurt Parfaits

I am a grazer.  I don’t believe in three meals a day.  I need snacks.  In case you can’t tell, I eat a lot of food.  If I am being perfectly honest, I eat more than Bruce does.  I get away with it by eating healthier than he does.  I love fruit salads.  They are so bright and flavorful.  Berries are a favorite for me and Skylar, so I made a lot of berry snacks while I was in STA with her.  I look for organic, because berries are on the dirty list!

I think we eat with our eyes first, so I try to make sure snacks look as good as they taste.  Fresh mint as a garnish or chopped up in the fruit salad adds a fresh element, and a sprinkle of slivered almonds or seeds look pretty and taste delicious.  For a sweet (24 grams of sugar per serving!) snack, Silk yogurt is delicious with fresh fruit.  The first yogurt parfait has layers of vanilla soy yogurt, kiwi, mango, and slivered almonds, topped with fresh blackberries.  The second parfait has raspberries, sunflowers, chia seeds, pistachios, and half of a vegan anzac buiscuit.  Silk yogurt also comes in a Peach-Mango, Blueberry, and Strawberry flavors any of these are amazing in place of Vanilla.  Don’t be afraid to try new flavor combos with yogurt, fruit, berries, seeds and nuts!  I do it all the time, as you can see.  🙂

 

I also play with different fruit combinations in my fruit salads.  The one below was inspired by a papaya I found in the produce section at Publix.  It was small, so I knew none of it would go to waste and it was perfectly ripe and ready to go.  The bananas were perfect as well, so I couldn’t pass those up.  I already had kiwi and berries in the fridge, so I knew I had a good combo on my hands.

The last one I make all summer long.  It’s especially delicious on a hot day when the watermelon is cold, local, and fresh.  The key is freshly squeezed lime juice.  Once you have cut your watermelon into bite sized pieces, toss it with blackberries, sliced mint, and freshly squeezed lime juice.  It’s so cooling and delicious.  I bet it’s your new go to summer fruit salad.

I hope you are inspired to try your own fruit or berry salad, or maybe a yogurt parfait.  If you are, post a comment with a photo.  What is your favorite combination?  I’d love to try it.


Comfort Food

Sure enough, it’s a good thing I flew back when I did.  Skylar really did a number on her ankle and needed surgery asap.  Skateboard + Bump in the Road = OUCH!!!  She is resting comfortably for the most part, but she’s going to need mom until she is a lot more mobile and her pain level drops.

The thing about Sky is she absolutely loves carbs.  The first thing she wanted when she got settled after surgery was a big plate of extra-crispy tater-tots and some ketchup.  I will admit to stealing tator-tots from my post-op kid.  I did it.  They were crunchy and delicious.  What can I say?

Besides boatloads of tator-tots, ice cream seems to be another source of comfort for both of us right now.  I don’t eat ice-cream often, but Ben and Jerry’s new non-dairy flavors are amazing.  I allow myself a few sugary cheats here and there, and if there was any time for a cheat; this is it. I don’t always use a bowl.  Sometimes, I eat straight from the pint.  I was trying to be civilized, okay?

Another delicious, but sugary, treat we have been enjoying is Silk Dairy Free Yogurt.  I can find it in four flavors here…vanilla, blueberry, peach-mango, and strawberry.  The fruit parfait below is simply layers of a tropical fruit salad I threw together, then Silk Peach-Mango yogurt, and sliced almonds, topped with a blackberry.  I had kiwi, mango, and banana in the house, so I chopped them up, mixed them together, and called it a fruit salad.  It was quick and easy, but I should have cut the mango and banana chunks into smaller pieces.  They were a bit large to eat easily.