Smart Snack­ing

Get your fill of mus­cle-build­ing nu­tri­ents with this sweet, re­fresh­ing recipe.

Oxygen - - Con­tents - By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD

Sat­isfy your sweet tooth with this healthy recipe.

What you reach for be­tween meals can mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween fu­el­ing your ac­tive body on pre­mium nutri­tion ver­sus tak­ing in a pile of empty calo­ries. So grab a spoon and dig into this riff on a clas­sic Bri­tish dessert known as straw­berry fool. Tra­di­tion­ally, fool is made by fold­ing sweet­ened, stewed fruit into cream. Here, we’ve swapped out the calo­rie-laden cream for more physique-friendly vel­vety Greek yo­gurt and re­lied heav­ily on the nat­u­ral sweet­ness that sea­sonal raw straw­ber­ries de­liver. Of course, you also can en­joy this as a dessert that def­i­nitely plays by the nu­tri­tional rules.

Healthy Twist on … STRAW­BERRY FOOL Makes 4 serv­ings

• 3 cups hulled fresh straw­ber­ries, roughly chopped

• 1 ta­ble­spoon sugar

• 1 tea­spoon lemon zest

• pinch of salt

• 2 cups plain 2% Greek yo­gurt

• 1 ta­ble­spoon honey

• 1 tea­spoon vanilla ex­tract

• ½ cup chopped un­salted pis­ta­chios

1. Place straw­ber­ries in medium-size bowl. Sprin­kle with sugar; let sit, toss­ing oc­ca­sion­ally, un­til juices are re­leased and sugar is dis­solved, about 30 min­utes. 2. Us­ing potato masher or fork, gen­tly mash straw­ber­ries with lemon zest and pinch of salt un­til you have a pulpy puree. 3. In large bowl or con­tainer, stir to­gether yo­gurt, honey and vanilla. Gen­tly fold in straw­berry puree. Chill in re­frig­er­a­tor for at least one hour. Serve topped with pis­ta­chios.

Nutri­tion facts (per serv­ing): calo­ries 225, fat 10 g, sodium 3 mg, carbs 24 g, sugar 18 g, fiber 4 g, pro­tein 14 g

For ready to go snacks, the fool can be di­vided among four con­tain­ers. Sprin­kle on the pis­ta­chios shortly be­fore serv­ing to main­tain their crunch.

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