Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Works For Me Wednesday: A Healthy Recipe

Need some new healthy recipes to help you stay on goal this year? Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer is having a special "healthy eating" edition today! My contribution is a whole, entire cookbook! Eating for Life by Bill Phillips is the most used cookbook I've ever owned! It's tied to the Body for Life program, which means that the recipes are a balance of proteins and carbs. I like the recipes for several reasons (besides that they're healthy):
  • The recipes are laid out as meals, so that if you follow the recipe as written in the book, you'll be ready to sit down to supper!
  • The recipes use off-the-shelf items, such as marinara sauce in a jar, to cut down on prep time
  • The recipes are not only easy, they're good! This has become my most-used cookbook because we like the recipes enough to use them even when we're not focused on eating healthy!
  • This book is beautiful- full glossy pages of color photography. Well worth the price!
  • There are entire sections on dinner, lunches, snacks and -hang on to your celery sticks- Desserts! And they're really good!

  • So enough talking. Here's one of my favorite Dessert recipes from Eating For Life. No, you probably won't serve this one at the next potluck, but it's perfect for the next time the kids bring home bags of candy from some well-meaning Sunday school teacher and you find yourself drooling over Tootsie Rolls. I know it has cottage cheese in it; don't kid yourself- this is good!

    Berry Parfait
    Serves 2, prep time 10 minutes

    1/2 C strawberries, fresh or frozen thawed and drained
    1/2 C blueberries, fresh or frozen, thawed and drained
    2 packets sugar substitute (Splenda or Equal)
    1 C low-fat cottage cheese
    6 oz light, fat-free vanilla yogurt
    1/4 tsp vanilla extract
    1/4 tsp almond extract

    1. Place strawberries in small bowl and sprinkle with a packet of sugar substitute
    2. Place blueberries in second small bowl and sprinkle with a packet of sugar substitute
    3. In a medium bowl, combine cottage cheese, vanilla yogurt, vanilla and almond extract, mix well
    4. Layer blueberries, then yogurt mixture and strawberries into two tall glasses. Serve and enjoy!


    gail said...

    It actually sounds very good!

    BohemianMama said...

    Yuummm,I'm going to try this. I'm in dire need of some dessert recipes that I don't have to feel so nasty about.

    BTW, I just saw a comment you posted on my blog back in October(!) that I overlooked and left unpublished. Just didn't want ya to think I did that on purpose or anything. :)