Every Wednesday at 3 p.m. EST, WomensHealthMag.com hosts a live broadcast on Periscope called "Snack Sesh" with fun new ideas for health-conscious snackers. Make sure to tune in live—you'll be able to ask us questions and make comments in real time—and in the meantime, here's a recap of the recipes we cooked up this week!
Who doesn't love a good yogurt parfait? But we thought we could have a little more fun with the concept. And while it's still summer (and hot!) outside, we wanted to do something to make these creamy treats weather-appropriate. Behold: frozen yogurt parfaits. Not ones that you need to make with froyo; just your typical yogurt parfait that you throw in the freezer and then enjoy after they've had a chance to chill for four or five hours.
While you can use this trick with your standard berries-and-Greek yogurt parfait (or even just a single-serve tub of flavored yogurt if you want to go the easy route), we didn't stop there. We came up with some fresh topping ideas, too. And let us tell you: They. Are. So. Good. (Anyone who tuned into our Periscope broadcast on these can attest to the looks of joy on our faces as we tasted these bad boys.) You can nosh on any of these parfaits right after you make them—but we highly recommend putting them in the freezer for a few hours first to get the full effect.
For this one, we recommend sprinkling some cinnamon over the apple chunks and microwaving them for two minutes before you layer them into the parfait. It'll help infuse the spice's flavor into the apples—and also soften them up so it really feels like you're eating a piece of pie. The creaminess of the Greek yogurt almost makes it feel like you're having a slice a la mode.
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If you like piña coladas... (sorry, couldn't resist). But seriously, it's kind of shocking how similar eating this felt to sipping on the classic pool-side drink. But with this version, you have way fewer calories, grams of fat, and grams of sugar.
Sometimes, you're just in the mood for a cookie in the afternoon. This is the next best thing. When you leave the parfait in the freezer for a few hours, the graham cracker pieces absorb a lot of the moisture from the yogurt—so they actually have the consistency of cookie dough. Mmmmmm.
The great thing about all of these recipes is how customizable they are—you can add as much or as little of each ingredient as you want. Enjoy these, and be sure to tune in to next week's edition of "Snack Sesh!" (New to Periscope? Just download the app onto your smartphone—it's linked to your Twitter account—and you'll be ready to watch.)