Tuesday, April 24

Frozen Blueberry Yogurt Bites

Now that my husband and I are eating healthier I’m always on the lookout for nutrious snack ideas.  Or, in other words, snack alternatives that won’t break the calorie bank.  I admit it, I love snacks.  Unfortunately I used to come home from work ravished, and eat snacks as I cooked dinner. I would eat potato chips and any other crunchy foods I could find in the kitchen.  Some people crave sweet, some crave salt, but when I want a snack I’m looking for foods that pack a CRUNCH.    

I think the majority of my problem stemmed from eating foods that didn’t satisfy my hunger.  I find it crazy that eating something as small as a hardboiled egg can curb hunger.  One hard boiled can contain as much as 6.5 grams of protein.  That’s what satisfies your hunger!  After experiencing this first hand, I now look for protein in my snacks.  I keep healthy snacks on hand (granola bars, nuts, etc) at work so I didn’t fall into the common vending machine trap. 

It just so happens that the below recipe will become one of my new snacks to have on hand.  When I stumbled across the recipe I thought what a great idea!  Greek yogurt is packed with protein (approximately10-15 grams per container) and blueberries have their own great health benefits.


This recipe was definitely worth a try.  I almost didn’t make it, however, as the original recipe calls for using a toothpick to hand dip each blueberry in the yogurt.  NO THANK YOU.  I knew that would take forever and my patience would run short.   Instead I figured out the perfect combination of blueberries and yogurt.  That way, all that’s needed is to stir the two ingredients together and spread them onto a baking pan.  No toothpicks needed!




These came out great.   The honey flavored Greek yogurt adds a nice subtle flavor and while the frozen berries provide a slight ‘crunch’ (perfect for me!).  These would make a great snack on a hot summer day!  I’ve found that storing the berries in a re-sealable bag, in the freezer, makes for an easy snack to grab while you’re on the run.  Just a grab a few and enjoy!







Frozen Blueberry Yogurt Bites
Serves: 1 cup
Prep Time:  5 mins.
Total Time:  65 mins. (includes 1 hour of freezing)

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4  cup honey flavored Greek yogurt (such as Dannon Oikos)

Directions:
  1. Place yogurt in a medium bowl and add blueberries.
  2. Gently use a spoon to stir and coat the blueberries with yogurt.
  3. Pour yogurt covered blueberries onto a baking sheet.  Separate the blueberries so that they do not touch.
  4. Place baking sheet in the freezer and allow to freeze for 1 hour.
  5. After frozen, remove blueberries from the baking sheet.  Add to a re-sealable bag and place in the freezer.

5 comments:

  1. You are so right - I'm a big fan of protein packed snacks. They stick with me much longer.

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    1. I know! I wish I would have learned that secret a long time ago!

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  2. Made these last night, very tasty! I felt guilty realizing I had eaten half the batch after they were frozen, but then I remembered, it was only a half cup of blueberries and some yogurt. :)

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    1. Exactly! You can't feel bad about that!

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  3. This is a really good idea. I must try sometime.

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