March 18, 2011

Strawberry Fruit and Yogurt Granola Parfait

Since I can’t eat cupcakes all the time (I tend to save that for when I’m on vacation!) I like to keep something around the house that I can have anytime, without feeling guilty, but will still satisfy my intense sweet tooth.

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Enter this yogurt. Vanilla Dannon Light & Fit. I initially picked it up because it only has 80 calories. But I completely fell in love with it. It tastes like ice cream. Or that sweet fruit dip. The vanilla flavor is wonderful!

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Enter granola. I love granola. I love granola bars. I love granola cereal. I love granola in any form. It gives me that lightly sweet, baked goods quality I want.  When I attended the Dole summit, I learned the recommended serving size for granola is 1/4 a cup. I tend to stick to that, and it’s plenty for me.

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And this is what I do with it. Now I realize this looks nothing like a perfectly layered parfait here. But I tried my best. Sweet, bursting with flavor strawberries. Sweet, creamy, vanilla yogurt. Crunchy, lightly sweetened granola. Are you noticing a pattern?

Sweet.
Guilt-free.
Filling.
Satisfying.

I eat this for dessert. I eat it for an afternoon snack. I even eat it for lunch. It’s definitely filling enough!

You can get these fruit and yogurt parfaits at Starbucks, Panera Bread, and I think they even have them at McDonald’s, although I haven’t had one. I like to keep a list of the places that have these in case I’m traveling and want a light meal.

Have a great weekend!



Make for: Breakfast, Snacks

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Vanessa March 18, 2011 at 2:59 am

I have a hyperactive sweet tooth and am currently on a diet so no cupcakes can be had. Parfaits are the only way I can stick to my diet without severe cravings for sweets. I will have to give that yogurt and granola a go. Wonderful post!! :)

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Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) March 18, 2011 at 4:55 am

Yum, I love yogurt parfaits! They’re actually one of my favorite lunches. I like to use Greek yogurt if I can, to get some extra protein.

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 18, 2011 at 5:09 am

The parfait pics are beautiful, Amanda!

I used to LIVE off granola, yogurt, and fruit when I was pregnant. Like, I think i ate my weight in it and I have kinda forgotten about this combo…thanks for the reminder to get back into that groove!

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Jessica @ How Sweet March 18, 2011 at 5:32 am

This is one of my favorite snacks too. I also love fruit with yogurt and a crumbled warm muffin. It tastes like cake!

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Stephanie March 18, 2011 at 5:35 am

LOVE THIS! McDonald’s does have the fruit and yogurt parfait, and it is AMAZING! I’m addicted. I try to recreate it, but mine’s just not as good ; )

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Irene March 18, 2011 at 5:45 am

Definitively delicious AND guilt-free! Thanks for the inspiration:-)
I also liked the blog retrospective. I do like the new lighter feel. It really depends on our moods and needs, and even blog fashion!

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Southern Gal March 18, 2011 at 6:05 am

I have all those ingredients at hand most of the time and never think of parfaits. Love it.

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Tracey C March 18, 2011 at 6:11 am

I love the ones at McDonalds but will try these items to make my own. Have you tried the Nature Valley granola thin squares? They are great alsl but they have chocolate on one side. . Chick-fil-a has a yogurt parfait too. Yummy.

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Ali b. March 18, 2011 at 6:15 am

The chick-fil-a ones are super yumm-O. Thanks for reminding me of this healthy snack – my sweet tooth has been in overdrive lately so this should be a good alternative!

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Carrie Gamber March 18, 2011 at 6:50 am

They do have the yogurt parfaits at McDonald’s and they are DELISH!!! The other thing I’M in LOVE with!!! McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal. It is AWESOME! I can’t make it at home the way they do! I swear they grind the oats a bit to make them smaller because it’s sooo creamy! and only 290 calories with brown sugar or 260 without! I buy some and take them home and keep them in my fridge! It’s like a party in my mouth!

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Amanda March 18, 2011 at 7:18 am

This looks so yummy! I love parfaits, great post thanks for sharing!!

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Jill March 18, 2011 at 7:29 am

That yogurt is my absolute favorite!! I eat it EVERY single day! Have you tried the “coconut vanilla” flavor? If you like coconut cream pie, you have to try it. It’s delish!
I add Bran Buds to my yogurt for a nice little crunch, but granola is always a treat!

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Melinda March 18, 2011 at 8:36 am

I have a fridge full of the coconut cream pie yogurt. I am in love!

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Emily March 18, 2011 at 7:38 am

this looks absolutely delicious! YUM!

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Jenna March 18, 2011 at 7:58 am

OH my. This looks SO good right now. I’m in my third trimester with my third baby and my appetite has been picking up like crazy. This looks like a GREAT way to satisfy it.

I used to make something like this, except instead of the cascade farms I used the fiber one go lean crunch, it had less calories and more fiber. :)

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Amanda March 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I’ll have to try that one! :)

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Shannon March 18, 2011 at 8:07 am

Ohhh…so, SO GOOD! I think I’ll be adding these things to my grocery list! I have an intense sweet tooth too, and that can get a little dangerous. Ha!

The McD parfait is super good, you should try it. And I think it’s only $1, which makes it even better! :)

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jana b March 18, 2011 at 8:13 am

I just found your website through PW. :)
I love your photos, recipes, ideas, fonts, layout of your website, scarf video, etc. I am a graphic designer and already have enjoyed a couple of your fonts. And I really want to make your “frame earring holder”! THANK YOU!
BTW…..Dannon Vanilla Light & Fit is the best. yogurt. ever. seriously.

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Kerry LeWarne March 18, 2011 at 8:15 am

Hey Amanda,
I love to see some ideas for healthy eating! I’m struggling coming up with light meals – this one is perfect. If you have any other ideas..keep them coming. Absolutely love your site!

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Kara March 18, 2011 at 8:15 am

What a great idea! I’m definitely making this sweet treat for the spring weekend ahead… thanks! :)

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Jodi March 18, 2011 at 8:21 am

Also my favorite breakfast, dessert, snack. The Mickey D’s version is very tasty and the perfect snack size!

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Brandy March 18, 2011 at 8:49 am

I love making yogurt granola parfaits! Just an fyi, we found our favorite granola at Earth Fare in the fill your own bag section. It’s the pumpkin seed granola (I think) and the # is 15919. It is so yummy (better than Cascadia in my opinion) and only 140 calories for 1/2 cup.

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Robin S March 18, 2011 at 8:59 am

Careful getting that at restaurants, though! Panera’s version of it has a whopping 310 calories, 12g fat and 41g carbs. That’s more than a BK Whopper Jr.!

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Amanda March 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm

True, and I appreciate how Panera prints the nutritional information and calorie count right on the cup. But keep in mind that 310 calories is a perfectly acceptable amount of calories for a lunch, plus it’s not loaded with fat and grease like a burger :)

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Megan March 18, 2011 at 9:07 am

I actually eat the same thing for lunch a lot!!! It’s delicious! :) I get either Greek or plain regular yogurt (I don’t do artificial sugars at all, so I stay away from the “light” types of yogurt). You should try Greek yogurt. The health benefits are a lot better than traditional yogurt. Many of them are sweetened with honey, which is better for you than sugar or artificial sugars.

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Rosemary Hayes March 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

Chick-Fil-A has a Granola Parfait too and it’s really delish.

Where do you buy your granola? That looks like maybe a Target find. Is it in the cereal section or the healthy snack foods section?

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Amanda March 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm

We find it at both of our grocery stores (Kroger and Publix) in the cereal aisle :)

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Regina March 18, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I found the granola in the cereal isle of Wal-Mart. This yogurt is by far my favorite! Thanks for sharing!

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Rachael March 18, 2011 at 9:15 am

Granola is really high in carbs so we even subsititute the granola for Uncle Sam’s Cereal (found in the cereal aisle). They even have low carb yogurt if you look for it. These changes are great for diabetics :)

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The Mrs. (Success Along the Weigh) March 18, 2011 at 9:25 am

That looks soooo awesome…I just wished yogurt didn’t gross me out. :-(

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Jessica March 18, 2011 at 9:25 am

I also make these quite a bit. :) The Panera (in my market St. Louis Bread Co.) they have I think the best of all “fast food” parfaits. I also get the McD one and it is good too. I’ve never had the Starbucks version, but I’m sure it’s tasty.

I am so glad to hear that you listed this as a lunch because I have often times had the St.L Bread Co Strawberry for Parfait. It’s plenty and a very well balanced meal.

Thanks for sharing!!!

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YEISHA March 18, 2011 at 9:31 am

this is my favorite snack too!

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Christy March 18, 2011 at 9:33 am

I love this idea and love the suggestions of others to use greek yogurt. I especially like Jenna’s suggestion of using Fiber One as I am trying to add more fiber to my diet too. I will have to whip this up for my AM snack this morning. Lovely pictures too by the way. I keep trying to get pics like this but living in the Northwest and in a West Facing apartment, we get NO natural light in our house. Any suggestions on taking pics without flash with that problem?

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JoyceB March 18, 2011 at 9:41 am

Lite and Fit has long been one of my “staples”. Glad to see yet another way to make something delicious with it; thank you, Amanda.

Wonderful pictures, as always.

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Jennifer Camplin March 18, 2011 at 9:49 am

I heart yogurt.. as well strawberries and granola

Definitely on my list this weekend

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Urban Wife March 18, 2011 at 10:10 am

Cascadian Farm is by far, my favorite granola! I like using Greek Yogurt (Chobani) when I have a fruit parfait. Have a great weekend! :)

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Sweet Bella Roos March 18, 2011 at 10:15 am

This would also be a great snack/breakfast/anytime treat for the kiddos! My daughter LOVES fruit and yogurt, and I think I could sneak some fun crunchy granola in there for her too

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Janie Hyde March 18, 2011 at 10:27 am

I serve this parfait up in glass parfait glasses and my kids think it is a very fancy dessert or brunch treat. I always keep frozen berries on hand in case we don’t have fresh ones. I will defrost them in the microwave and we are on our way to parfait heaven!

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Rebecca March 18, 2011 at 10:32 am

I love the Cascadian Organic Granola, too. I especially like it because it’s from my home state of Washington, but I can get it at the commissary where we are posted in Germany. I tend to make my parfaits with blueberries, but yours looks fantastic, too.

Enjoy!

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Kristin Murdock March 18, 2011 at 10:35 am

I love how the yogurt is spilling over the cup in your photo! Looks great, Amanda.

I think someone may have already mentioned this but Chick-fil-A has fruit and yogurt parfaits that come with a side of granola, and since Chick-fil-A is the greatest thing since sliced bread, I like to promote it anytime I can. :)

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Holly L. March 18, 2011 at 11:03 am

I am sitting at the computer looking through my emails when I happen to get to your blog to find that I am eating what looks to be the identical picture you posted.
This is also a favorite of mine! Simple, yet sooo delicious.

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Ashley March 18, 2011 at 11:15 am

mcdonald’s does have these, and i love them! i have never even thought about making them myself though, such a good idea!

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Amy March 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

It’s amazing how much more appetizing something healthy can look if you put it in a simple, clear mug. Looks delicious and refreshing!

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chinamommy March 18, 2011 at 12:01 pm

just watch out for the SUGAR in the McD’s & the yogurt…yikes! I have my hubbie on the lose the belly fat diet (jorge cruise) and once he (jorge) starts pointing out how much sugar is in stuff… Ok, NOT to rain on your beautiful parade though, it looks DELISH!!!
xoxo

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Sarah K. March 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Ooh, I love that glass/mug, can I ask where it’s from? The parfait looks good too :P

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Amanda March 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Thanks Sarah! I’m not sure! I received two of these mugs as a gift, but all they have on the bottom is the number 17??

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Christy March 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Hopefully Amanda will answer your reply because that was my first question too. I found a similar one (not exactly like it but close) at Crate and Barrell’s site. Here’s the link. http://www.crateandbarrel.com/dining-and-entertaining/coffee-mugs/café-16-oz.-mug/s298239

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Kimberly March 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm

This is one of my favorite go-tos also..I eat parfaits often for breakfast! I love me some Cascadian Farms Oats & Honey.I like to make it with mixed berries or strawberries and since we like to eat Greek yogurt, I use Chobani plain yogurt. Delish!

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Jenny Flake March 18, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Yum, just YUM! Love treats like this!

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Karen March 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm

That’s my go to breakfast…. love it!

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Anna March 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm

That looks awesome! I love granola too, and strawberries. Lovely pictures :)

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Molly Jac March 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I LOVE this combo. Too bad I can’t grab through the screen and try it :)

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Tracy March 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm

It’s like you climbed into my pantry! I LOVE the vanilla light & fit with Cascadian Farm granola; it’s one of my favorite breakfasts ever. I can’t wait to add in strawberries!!

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BECKY March 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Yum…I love the ones from McDonald’s but will have to try this at home since gas is getting so expensive. Thanks. Hugs, Becky

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Sally March 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I love this too! I don’t know if I can find your brand of granola, but the recipe is a winner! :) And your photos are to die for!!

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Janette Childs March 18, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Crazy enough, I picked up those EXACT things to eat for breakfast this week. Glad someone else is addicted to it to, it is super yummy!

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Aimee March 18, 2011 at 6:44 pm

This is one of my favorite snacks, too! But I have never tried it with Cascadian Farms granola, so I picked some up at the store awhile ago and I love it!!! I would love it if you posted more ideas for healthy meals/snacks. :)

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Ron Watson March 18, 2011 at 6:45 pm

You don’t have to tell me twice.Yogurt-Good+Strawberries-Good+Honey Nut Granola-Good.How could this be a bad thing?I’ll try it!Thanks.

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Janet Thwaits March 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I am a “regular” fan and enjoy your blog very much. I am a 65 year old grandmother and have suggested your blog to my granddaughters, one is married and another in college, another in high school and another little missy in Jr. High. We all have a lot of fun and I find your blog very refreshing and it made me feel so important that I was the one to discover something so COOL!!!

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Jane Crawford March 18, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I am so addicted to fresh strawberries and blueberries. I can’t wait to try them in one of these parfaits.

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Adriana March 19, 2011 at 5:18 am

Hi! I love your work and your blog. This is my first comment because I could not resist to this dessert :)) I cant’ wait to try it, and more important: to get a mug like that. Also I like to read everything from where u travel, the deserts u try, the food, the hotels…It’s like, I wish this screen could let me taste or at least smell the food :)))
And alsoooo the pictures :D . No words for that !
Good day, and give a big hug to Miley and Howey !

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daneilia March 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm

yum! this is stuff we already eat in our house and its awesome. i definitely have to stick to this kind of eating habit because i run a lot.

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carlotta March 19, 2011 at 6:56 pm

this looks so delicious! swoon. and i agree with you – granola is the best. i actually make my own…mmm, so good.

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Melanie March 19, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Hi Amanda! That parfait looks PERFECT! So yummy!!
I enjoy your blogs. For the last 4 days, I have been trying to work on my blog and I haven’t had much luck. I’ve read your tutorials over and over again and I honestly don’t know what I’m doing wrong! I can’t wait to sit down and be able to blog instead of trying to build my blog!!! I am a stay at home mom and army wife! I have 3 little ones under the age of 4 and I have a lot of blogging to do. I am also trying to start my “tutu totes” business. I have become pretty popular around my daughter’s ballet school but I don’t have a website to refer people to for orders, etc. I really need your help!! Please send me your email. I will explain in better detail what my problem areas are!! Thanks so much!!

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Misty Sutton March 20, 2011 at 10:21 am

You totally inspired me! I had this for a snack last night, and then again for breakfast this morning!

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Peggy March 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Talk about healthy and full of calcium. Yummy/delicious!

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Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking March 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm

That looks so good! Makes me want to fix one right now!

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Jenn S. March 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Oooo…that looks pretty perfect to me. I am in love with a similar snack, but instead of granola we use almonds. Oh.my. gosh. It really does a great job of satisfying that sweet tooth.

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Sandi McClain March 20, 2011 at 8:32 pm

YUM! My mouth is watering now, thanks! Chick fil A’s yogurt parfaits are my favorite. Sooooooo good. Look forward to trying out this one at home though. Can’t wait!!

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Melanie March 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I am eating this and enjoying it RIGHT now! I came back just to say thanks. ;)

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Jennifer March 21, 2011 at 8:19 am

Looks wonderful! Thanks for the great idea!

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Tracey C March 21, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I am returning too, to say I just had the exact items shown and the combination is so wonderful. Thanks Amanda.

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Susie March 22, 2011 at 12:56 am

This is exactly what I eat for breakfast- so good and so filling!

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Lois Hartwell March 22, 2011 at 8:04 am

Those are some awesome pics! What is the background you are using? I love how whatever the glasses are sitting on just fades right into the background. Please share your secret! PS: I love the new feature where we can click on the photo for more info. (but no background info is given, lol)

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Marie March 22, 2011 at 11:13 am

This is my afternoon snack at work. Usually with half of a diced apple and half a container of yogurt. It tastes like a sundae to me! I love Light and Fit. Especially the vanilla. I put it in my fiance’s lunch one day and he commented how good the “new” yogurt was. When did they start putting that in the Costco package? I had to fess up and tell him that I was taking all the vanilla and giving him the blueberry and strawberry. : P We share now. Strawberry yogurt and apples are awesome with granola! I make my own granola. LOVE this recipe: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2009/10/granola-recipe/. I add in flax seeds, raw, shelled pumpkin seeds, pecans, walnuts and just about anything that will give a good crunch. I just adjust the wet ingriedients accordingly.

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Mike March 23, 2011 at 4:25 am

That’s OUR favorite yogurt too! We just tried the toasted coconut flavor too. Yum. But I still like the vanilla version the best.

Sometimes I add big tablespoon-full of sugar-free strawberry jam to the yogurt for some extra (guilt-free) flavor.

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Kris Lawson March 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I just have to say I love your pictures of Miley & Howie. I have a Boston too named George. I just love him. Boston’s are so cute, mine is huge weighing in at 40 pounds, and he was the runt of the litter. Like yours mine is a stinker too, with a definite mind of his own. Thanks for sharing your pictures I love looking at them. :)

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Wendy March 26, 2011 at 9:45 am

I think I will try this recipe. I am not a yogurt fan, but I will use the Silk Soy yogurt and try it. Sounds great. I am a HUGE Cascadian Farms fan!

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Catherine R. March 26, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I’m from Washington and I don’t even see that kind of granola(/cereal)! Haha, where did you get it? I’m dying for some good granola!

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Lindsey March 31, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I have been giving Dannon Light & Fit to my kids and hubby for a while, but recently learned of the risks of the ingredient aspartame. I love the low calorie count, but does the chemical aspartame make anyone else nervous?

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Greta Young April 7, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Oh that looks Yummy Amanda! How do you keep your figure with all this yummy food???

For your Australian blog watchers – Danone (as it is spelt here) is being manufactured here in Australia so look for it in your local Supermarkets. Our company is in a Joint Venture with Danone, altho I have been involved in an aspect of the project, no free taste tests have come my way :-(

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Stacy May 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I was just introduced to these recently, and like so many other people…FELL IN LOVE! Its gotten to a point I think my boyfriend is getting jealous :p I have to agree with some of the other posts, greek yogurt is defiantly the way to go. So many other nutrients in there for you, lots of protein. :) I started eating these for lunch every day…and lost 8lbs in a WEEK! By just making this small change at lunch and switching to water. Haven’t even had time to exercise, just 2 little changes. Just thought I’d let you know ladies :) Enjoy!

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DD June 9, 2011 at 5:48 am

I just discovered your blog and have enjoyed reading your posts. Your photos are amazing! I love parfaits as well, particularly for breakfast, and add banana, blueberries to the strawberries. I also love vanilla yogurt with blackberries.

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Linh May 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Hi Amanda,

i was wondering what lens / camera settings you used for this photo. I tried to take a similar picture with my 50mm but since i dont get that much lighting, i had to turn on my fluorcent lighting…it does not look as good as your photo. Do you have any tips??

thanks!

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Erica August 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I loved this so much I featured you here:
http://raisingyourrainbows.blogspot.com/2012/08/after-school-snacks.html

Thanks for sharing!!

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Ce Ce Campbell October 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I have this for breakfast when I eat at the space needle in Seattle. what a treat

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