Healthfully Delicious!

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Welcome to Leisure Lane, everyone!

Well I’ve been doing very well diminishing sugar from my diet.  First no sugar for nearly three weeks, and then after that I ate no more than 2-10 grams of added sugar in a day, and not even every day.  So I am very happy with myself.

I’ve also discovered some new breakfast ideas, and I’m sharing one with you today.  I’ve been enjoying the ‘new’ ancient grains on the market now-a-days, like quinoa, mixed grains, and a new one for me, Farro.  Farro is an Italian grain, and it is wonderful.  The version I bought takes about 10 minutes to cook, and had a great breakfast parfait recipe on the side.

It called for vanilla yogurt, so I bought a plain Greek yogurt (I love them, they taste more like sour cream), and I added a wonderful vanilla extract – Yum – it was perfect without all the added sugar of store bought vanilla yogurt.  I layered the yogurt, Farro, and cut strawberries alternately and ~Voila! ~ a delicious breakfast full of protein, fiber, and goodness.

You could drizzle a little honey over the Farro as you alternate layers to sweeten it a bit more, but I enjoyed it as is.  You would be surprised how you can retrain your taste buds.  I think I might try it with the honey sometime though.  And you could add any extract you prefer.  Here are some ideas:

*Add lemon extract with a touch of lemon zest to yogurt and serve with your favorite fruit with lemon zest on top.

*Add almond extract, and sprinkle some sliced almonds between the layers.

*Or you could use mandarin oranges, pineapples, peaches, blueberries, or apples

The combinations are limitless!

I hope you enjoyed your visit today, and you were inspired to eat healthier and yummier.  Thank you for stopping by.

Until next time, may happy days abound!


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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vicki
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 18:04:40

    Hi, Marianne, my friend,
    My hat is off to you!! I certainly need to follow in your footsteps and limit my sugar intake. Your breakfast treat looks yummy, and you are right, we can retrain our tastebuds. I kicked the coke habit as they are loaded with sugar. Now, when I taste one, they are too sweet for me!! I hope you have the best of weeks! Vicki



  2. Deb
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 08:26:24

    Oooh so yummy! well done you for staying away from sugar! hope you are having a wonderful weekend sweetie 🙂

    Bee happy x



  3. Jenn
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 14:55:20

    PS thanks!!!!



  4. Jenn
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 14:54:29

    That sounds (and looks) great! Sugar is a tough one to kick. I haven’t even tried much. I should. I love cooked barley as a cereal. I tried the quinoa as a sidedish but not yet as a cereal. Hmmmm. Good ideas! Great (beautiful) photo.



  5. lynne
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 11:26:45

    This looks divine. I have to say that Greek Yogurt is my all time favourite, I find flavoured yoghurts can be very synthetic in taste.
    Well done you.



    • Marianne
      Sep 12, 2012 @ 14:30:15

      I totally agree, Lynne, and could not have said it better…pre-flavored yogurts definitely taste synthetic..especially the vanilla. Hmm..I’m looking forward to adding a little chocolate to the yogurt. What do you think? ☺



  6. chrissiesz
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 05:16:16

    Sounds great-good luck

    Love Chrissie xxxx



  7. LaVoice
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 02:42:16

    If you stick to what you mentioned, you will do just fine.



    • Marianne
      Sep 12, 2012 @ 14:28:02

      Thank you, La Voice…I’m doing well with it, but I will admit that I haven’t given up goodies forever. But I know that moderation and alteration can work wonders.



  8. KatherinesDaughter
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 02:08:46

    Sounds delicious! I love greek yogurt! xo Joanne



    • Marianne
      Sep 12, 2012 @ 14:26:41

      It was delicious, and the Farro grain can be used in almost anything. Like quinoa, you can also cook it up with apples and add cinnamon…Mmm-mm! Sounds good on a cold morning.



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