Depending on your caloric requirements, you may opt to have it as a weekend brunch item or have it as your weekday breakfast with a few modifications (detailed at the end of the post).
Either way, it’s a delicious source of calcium, Omega-3 Alpha Linolenic Fatty Acids, heart-healthy fats, and fiber (including a spectacular 3 grams of the soluble, cholesterol-lowering variety).
6 oz. low-fat plain dairy or soy yogurt (I love Greek yogurt’s taste and texture)
1/2 cup strawberries, chopped
1 medium banana, sliced
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1/4 cup oat bran
3 Tablespoons ground flaxseed
Get all the ingredients into a bowl and mix them together. Yum!
23 grams fat
3 grams saturated fat
16.6 grams fiber
40 grams protein
300 milligrams calcium (30% of the Daily Value)
Note: If you are preparing this with “regular” (non-Greek) yogurt, protein adds up to 29 grams and calcium totals 700 milligrams!
If you need to lower the calories, try one — or more — of the following options:
Omit the banana and save 105 calories (fiber total decreases to a still excellent 13.1 grams)
Omit the walnuts and save 131 calories (the ground flaxseeds still deliver Omega-3 fatty acids, and you only lose 1.3 grams of fiber)
Lower the ground flaxseed to 1.5 tablespoons and save 55 calories (the end result will contain 13 grams of fiber).