Greek yogurt is also naturally lower in carbohydrate (before added sugars) than regular yogurt. Due to the thicker concentration, greek yogurt has a higher concentration of whey protein and probiotics, and is also naturally lower in carbohydrate. The probiotics aid in digestion, absorption of nutrients and boost overall immune health.
After talking shortly about the importance of protein in the diet, each participant was able to make their own custom yogurt parfait as a snack! I love a good yogurt parfait for the simple fact that it can be customized ANY way you want it. In the recipe below, I chose to incorporate tart cherries because of their antioxidant content which is also shown to aid in muscle repair and improve recovery for enhanced sports performance.
Protein + carbs + antioxidants + deliciousness = a winning combo in my eyes!
A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to host a special NNM event exclusively for our assisted living residents. The theme of the afternoon was "Power Up with Protein!" Protein plays a vital role in everyone's overall health-- in building and maintaining lean muscle mass, supporting a strong immune system, healing wounds or recovering from illness, etc. As an athlete, I consider protein an essential part of my daily diet to support and recover from training sessions: when we work hard, our body's require protein to rebuild muscle and enhance recovery.
Variety is the spice of life and one message I was eager to share with our residents is that you don't need to eat meat (or a lot of it) to "meet" your dietary protein needs. Plant-based proteins, dairy products and grains are hidden sources of protein that are often overlooked. One popular source of quality protein these days is greek yogurt, so I chose to include with our presentation a yogurt parfait bar for a delicious make-your-own afternoon snack!
6oz greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)
1 tbsp tart cherry juice concentrate
1/4 c. granola of choice
1 tbsp slivered almonds
1 tbsp dark chocolate chips
1/4 c. diced fresh cherries OR 1 tbsp dried tart cherries
1 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
Combine yogurt with tart cherry concentrate and blend well. Top with remaining ingredients. I recommend making these in a medium-sized mason jar, which makes for convenient travel and is pretty too!
Nutrition Facts Via MyFitnessPal: 437 kcal, 56g carbohydrate, 16g fat, 25g protein
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Enjoy the taste of eating right by experimenting in making your own yogurt parfait!
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and endurance athlete residing in southwest Virginia alongside her husband and dog. Through this blog she aims to share favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
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