Sunday, 19 February 2012
(Don't you just love this country kitchen!)
There are three things I keep in my house at all times. Low fat yoghurts. Fresh and tinned fruit. Granola bars and tiny crunchy biscuits. They come in very handy for a myriad of reasons.
The low fat yogurts make a nice healthy snack in the evenings when you are watching the telly and longing for a treat, but don't want to go whole hog and induldge in something really bad. What's more . . . you know it's not good for you to induldge in something naughty . . . You can also throw a few tubs into the freezer and . . . presto chango . . . a tasty low fat ice cream type of treat!
Berries are healthy . . . satisfying . . . high in anti-oxidents . . . and go wonderfully with your morning oats or cornflakes. They make a lovely portable snack as well . . . and they also freeze wonderfully . . . loose . . . and popped into little plastic tubs. You always have fresh berries to hand for lotsa stuff . . . crumbles, puddings, etc. ( I always stock up when there is a special on at the grocery store and freeze them.) I also always have apples and bananas . . . an apple a day keeps the Doctor away!
Granola and Cereal bars make the perfect portable snack for when you are out and about . . . help to keep you away from the naughty things like donuts and cinnamon rolls . . . and those indulgent looking mega muffins. (Back home they have places that just cell nothing but the most decadant cinnamon rolls! So So NAUGHTY!!) If I have a low fat granola bar or cereal bar in my purse, I know I can very easily stave off the temptation . . . not to mention sometimes in the evening if Todd is indulging himself in a piece of cake and I just seriously want something similar . . . one of these low fat treats does the trick!
The mini biscuits have no saving grace . . . bar the fact that they are tiny, cute, tasty and one needn't feel as guilty if they are indulging in a mini biscuit . . . rather than a full sized one.
There is another tastier reason to have all these things about though . . . and that is this . . . ALTOGETHER THEY MAKE A FANTASTIC LOW FAT DESSERT . . . that you wouldn't even be ashamed to feed to guests.
It's simply a matter of layering them in your fanciest glasses or glass dishes. You can do it in literally minutes . . . a layer of crunchy biscuit or granola/cereal bar . . . a layer of yogurt . . . a layer of fruit . . . another layer of yogurt . . . a final layer of fruit and a few mini biscuits or granola crumbles on the top and you are set to go . . . easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
And the best thing is the taste possibilities are positively endless!!! Here today I have two kinds . . . fresh raspberries layered with greek honey and walnut yogurt and little coconut biscuits . . . and fresh blueberries layered with spanish orange yoghurt and litte bon maman butter biscuits.
But just think . . . orange or chocolate yogurt layered with mini oreo cookies and mandarin orange segmants . . . vanilla yoghurt layered with fresh pitted cherries and almond macaroons . . . sliced pear, bananas or apple, layered with toffee flavoured yogurt and crumbled digestive biscuits or granola bars . . . the world is literally your oyster!!
And . . . . best of all, you can make them as decadent or as low fat as the ingredients and your waist line allows!
No recipe here . . . it's quite simply an idea. Run with it and let me know how you get on!