Perfecting the Parfait

Breakfast parfaits are one of the most pretty & tasty morning treats.. but how healthy are they? Here are some pointers on how to perfect the parfait:

– Yogurt: Opt for plain, unsweetened yogurt. Many yogurts are loaded with high fructose corn syrup which is high in carbs & sugar. For an additional protein punch choose Greek yogurt.

– Fruit: Pile on the fruit! Not only will it add an extra burst of sweetness, but also a healthy dose of vitamins. Blueberries are my personal favorite & loaded with antioxidants.

– Crunch: Sprinkle almond slices, oats, flaxseeds, chia seeds, or a little low-sugar cereal or granola. Limit granola to 1/4 cup because it tends to be high in sugar & calories.

– When done right, the layers of creamy yogurt, juicy fruit & crunchy grains can make a satisfying snack or breakfast that is packed with protein & fiber.

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Unwrapping the Sushi Roll

Without a doubt one of my favorite foods is sushi- the smooth wrapping of nori around the sticky bundle of rice, creamy chunk of avocado, crunchy cucumber, and fresh piece of salmon is simply the perfect combination in my mind.  Add in a side of seaweed salad, pickled ginger and a little soy sauce and my meal is complete.

quinoaBut before you break the chopsticks, sharpen up on the following facts that you might have wished had come in your fortune cookie.

Fish: tuna, yellowtail, salmon, or shrimp

*Be aware that many crab rolls use imitation crab instead of the real thing

Rice: brown, black, multi-grain, quinoa or none. These options are full of complex carbs & fiber. One of my favorite rolls is riceless and simply wrapped with cucumber!

*White rice is high in simple carbs which digest quickly & will leave you feeling unsatisfied

Tempura:  battered and deep-fried, try to avoid these rolls & instead add some crunch with fresh cucumber

*If you’re really craving the crispy crunch, stick to one roll

Inside: any fruits or veggies- my favorites are cucumber, mango & avocado

*Avoid heavy additives such as cream cheese and mayo

Sauces: low-sodium soy sauce & wasabi is a flavorful combo that is low in calories

*Spicy mayo is high in fat & sauces (eel) are normally high in sugar. Ask for the sauce on the side and instead use it as a dip!

Keep in mind- sushi can be a very healthy, balanced meal of carbs, protein and healthy fats when done right. Don’t be afraid to try new things & if you are choosing to indulge, balance it out with a simple salmon, tuna, or veggie roll!