The holidays are over and I, like many, have felt the need to stop indulging – all the time at least. I feel that moderation and a healthy lifestyle are key, however I went wild this holiday season gorging on spritz cookies, sugar cookies, haystacks, fudge, caramel corn – you name the cookie/candy and chances are I took a bite. Same goes for cheese – brie, cambozola, gouda…yum! I enjoyed every moment, but I feel gross and my jeans are snug. In an effort to save money and not have to purchase new pants I am breaking out some of my favorite recipes to curb my appetite. Which leads me to this little gem I wanted to share, Frozen Yogurt Bark, a favorite treat.
Frozen yogurt bark is one of those items that I will eat and eat and eat, then I will forget about it for a while only to come back to this oh so easy concoction. OK, so Yogurt Bark is crazy easy – just yogurt that you spread onto a piece of parchment paper, then sprinkle with whatever you want to add and then freeze for a couple of hours. Once frozen, break the yogurt into pieces and enjoy! The variations are endless since you can use any kind of yogurt you like as well as the toppings. You can also add no toppings, tons of toppings, you get the idea.
My personal preference when making yogurt bark and I am trying to get back on track, is to use individual yogurt cups that are high in protein. This way I am sure of exactly what I am eating in terms of carbs, protein, fat and calories. For the variation pictured I used a mix of goji berries, chia seeds and cacao nibs. All of these add-ons play double duty in that they are delicious, add tons of nutrients and add crunch. Another delicious way to amp up the flavor is to add a teaspoon or two of maple syrup, honey or even some chocolate syrup. Like I said, moderation is key. 🙂 Try this recipe out. It takes under five minutes and could not be simpler. Here’s to healthy eating!
Frozen Yogurt Bark
Yogurt of your choice
Toppings (use anything – be creative)
Line a pan with parchment paper and spread yogurt onto the parchment paper in a thin layer. Place desired toppings on top of yogurt and freeze for at least two hours. Break apart and enjoy!