breakfast

Alove Yogurt and Fruit Parfait

This post is sponsored by Alove in collaboration with Dent Agency. all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Welcome to October everyone! Did you know that October was the eighth month of the year in the ancient Roman calendar? The name October was derived from the Latin word ‘octo’ which means ‘eight’. When the Romans switched to a 12th month calendar they never changed the name which we still use today. Interesting, considering it is the 10th month, right?

Before I digress into more October fun facts, let’s get to today’s recipe. Alove Yogurt Parfait layered with fruit. Yogurt parfaits are probably one of the simplest things to make and you can layer them with whatever your heart desires. They can be eaten for breakfast, dessert or just as a snack. Since I am all about eating well I love to use fruit for my layers and have started using the Alove brand yogurt for my yogurt choice.

The key to a good yogurt parfait is the yogurt. You can always find yummy fruit but the yogurt is the glue that binds the parfait so to speak. You don’t want a yogurt that is too tart or too sweet and this is where Alove yogurt wins for me. Alove yogurt is aloe vera yogurt made from a mix of creamy yogurt and the inner flesh of the aloe vera leaf. This Japanese-style yogurt is the smoothest and silkiest I have ever had.

For this recipe I used pineapple chunks, strawberries, sliced kiwi and blueberries however you can use any fruit you like. I used the original flavor as I did not want the yogurt flavor to clash with the fruit. Alove comes in a variety of flavors including vanilla, strawberry, kiwi, peach and blueberry so there is something for everyone. I started off with a layer of yogurt, followed by the fruit then another layer of yogurt and fruit. This yogurt is not super thick so be prepared for the yogurt to slightly overlap with the fruit which is perfect.

As we slowly move into gloomy weather, a dish like this is a perfect breakfast sitting on the deck or even for those rushed mornings. It has become one of my favorite breakfast treats and I love how pretty it is when layered in a glass dish. I love margarita glasses or globe glasses for beautiful presentation. If you are leaning towards a dessert parfait you can use cookie crumbs, cake or brownie crumbles and graham crackers for your base layer.

Have you tried Alove yogurt? What are your favorite ingredients to use for parfaits? I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Print Recipe
Alove Yogurt and Fruit Parfait
Course Breakfast
Keyword Alove Yogurt
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Alove Original Flavor Yogurt
  • 1 cup Sliced Strawberries
  • 1 cup Pinapple chunks
  • 1 cup Fresh Blueberries
  • 1 cup Sliced Kiwi
Course Breakfast
Keyword Alove Yogurt
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Alove Original Flavor Yogurt
  • 1 cup Sliced Strawberries
  • 1 cup Pinapple chunks
  • 1 cup Fresh Blueberries
  • 1 cup Sliced Kiwi
Instructions
  1. In a large glass, layer 1 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup each of strawberries,pinneapple chunks, sliced kiwi and blueberries. Repeat layers.

Fresh Squeezed Juice: The easy way to upgrade your Breakfast

One of the simple pleasures of life is freshly squeezed juice in the morning. I look forward to weekends  when I can treat myself to a refreshing glass of orange juice. It’s not only delicious but also has many healthy benefits. It’s packed with vitamin C, promotes healthy metabolism and gives your immune system a boost.

Fresh Squeezed JuiceI usually use my Breville juicer but you can squeeze the oranges by hand or by using a citrus juicer. I like to  make it fun by adding grapefruit for added nutrition and flavor. Chill it in the freezer while you prep your breakfast and enjoy the pure goodness with one of these delicious breakfasts. It’s true what they say, once you go freshly squeezed you can’t go back.

Reasons to love Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice:

  • Fresh squeezed juice tastes 10 times better than the store bought variety.
  • It is free of harmful chemicals and preservatives. You don’t have to worry about consuming ingredients you can’t pronounce.
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice is packed with nutrition especially vitamin C which is good for collagen production, healthy skin and more.
Print Recipe
Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 4 Whole Navel Oranges
  • 1 whole Grapefruit
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 4 Whole Navel Oranges
  • 1 whole Grapefruit
Instructions
  1. Quarter oranges, remove outer skin and run them through juicer. If you do not have juicer you can halve oranges and juice them over a citrus juicer.

Kitchen Favorites: FoodScience of Vermont Superior Greens

This is a sponsored post in partnership with FoodScience of Vermont. As always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Working 9 to 5, planning a wedding and maintaining my blog means I am always busy. This means I am constantly on the go and looking for quick and easy ways to get the nutrition I need to stay healthy. One product that I have started using lately is the Superior Greens powdered drink supplement made by FoodScience of Vermont. It is an easy to mix powder that contains 3 servings of fruits and vegetables in just 1/2 a scoop. The powder can be mixed with anything you like including water, juice, yogurt and more!

FOOD SCIENCE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR GREENSMy favorite way to use Superior Greens powder supplement is to mix it in yogurt and smoothies. I mix 1 cup of plain yogurt with 1 scoop of the powder and top with fruit. It’s tasty and packed with nutrition. This is one of my go to’s on weekday mornings or even when I need a snack at home.

Another way I like to use the Superior Greens powder is to mix it with spring water in a shake and go bottle for a quick drink.  I have been doing this almost every day as it is super easy and quick to make. You place the water in the bottle, add a scoop of powder, drop the mixing ball and shake. That’s all it takes plus you are drinking almost 6 servings of fruit and vegetables.

You can also add Superior Greens powder to a blend of kale, mint and apple with a splash of lemon for a power packed green juice. This is an awesome way to give you a boost of energy and antioxidants in the mornings.FOOD SCIENCE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR GREENSYogurt and Fruit cupsTo get your hands on some Superior Powders head to your local Rite Aid® or visit http://bit.ly/FSSuperiorPowders.

I have been using FoodScience of Vermont Superior Greens powder supplement for about 2 weeks and I am happy to report that it will be a regular feature in my diet. There is a feeling of well-being that comes with using this nutritional powder.

To learn more about FoodScience of Vermont Superior Powders be sure to follow them on their social media channels here:  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram

Strawberry Banana Oatmeal with Hood Calorie Countdown

This Strawberry Banana Oatmeal post was sponsored by Hood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own

Strawberry Banana Oatmeal with Hood Calorie Countdown

Looking at the calendar, I cannot believe we are in the month of March which means only 6 months until the wedding. I have been doing pretty good so far sticking to my wellness routine including eating well and living a balanced life.

One rule that I always follow in my wellness routine is to have a good breakfast in the morning. Oatmeal is my go to breakfast item because of its health benefits but since oatmeal is not great by itself, I pay close attention to what I add to my oatmeal. Hood Calorie Countdown Dairy Beverage has become a major player in my oatmeal game and my body is loving it. With fewer calories and great taste I feel like I am not compromising anything.

Strawberry Banana Oatmeal with Hood Calorie Countdown

So here is why I’m so much into the Hood Calorie Countdown Dairy Beverage. First of all, it comes in Whole, 2%, Fat Free and a fun chocolate flavor which means that there is an option for any diet. Hood Calorie Countdown has 42% fewer, 75% less sugar and 67% fewer carbs than milk. In addition, it gives 25% of your daily value calcium and 15% of your daily value for vitamin D per one cup based on 2000 calorie diet.

I am always very weary of low-calorie products when it comes to taste but the Hood Calorie Countdown beverage is very creamy and tasty. What they do is blend ultra-filtered milk with water, cream and other ingredients to create the yummy and creamy taste. I also like knowing that it is made by Hood which is well-known for their high quality dairy products. You could rest well knowing that the dairy beverage is not made with milk that contains artificial hormones. I could go on and on but all you have to do is try it and you will see why I like this product.

Where to find Hood Calorie Countdown

Hood Calorie Countdown can be found at Walmart and other local retailers. If you want to learn more about Hood Calorie Countdown you can head out to the Hood Calorie Countdown website. In addition this delicious strawberry banana oatmeal, this tasty beverage can be used for so many recipes including smoothies, overnight oats, banana bread and more. The Hood website has a variety of easy Recipes that you can try using Hood Calorie Countdown.

I highly recommend giving Hood Calorie Countdown a try if you are serious about getting your calorie intake down or just want a great tasting low calorie beverage. I am happy to share this COUPON to get you started!

Print Recipe
Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Recipe
Course Breakfast
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Quick cooking oatmeal
  • 2 cups Hood Calorie Countdown Beverage
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 cup Sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 medium Banana Sliced
  • 1/2 cup glazed walnuts and cranberries
Course Breakfast
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Quick cooking oatmeal
  • 2 cups Hood Calorie Countdown Beverage
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 cup Sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 medium Banana Sliced
  • 1/2 cup glazed walnuts and cranberries
Instructions
  1. Place the oatmeal in a large bowl and mix the beverage and salt into it. Microwave for 4 minutes until oatmeal is cooked. dish into 2 separate bowls.
  2. Serve hot. Top with the berries, banana, walnuts and dried cranberries as you wish. If desired, pour some honey on top.

Easy Eggs Benedict Recipe

Did you know that Eggs Benedict is one of the most popular brunch menu items? I always find myself ordering eggs Benny whenever I go out for brunch so I decided to try to make it myself at home. Eggs Benedict is simply an English muffin topped with bacon or ham, poached egg, and a creamy hollandaise sauce layered on top.Easy Eggs Benedict Recipe

Executing the perfect Eggs Benedict can be tricky but it’s pretty straightforward once you get the gist of it. For my first attempt, the results were actually good and I feel great about sharing my easy recipe with you. What makes it easy is the blender hollandaise sauce. The traditional method of making hollandaise is using a boiler but ain’t nobody got time for that!

My hollandaise sauce had a thinner consistency but I actually liked the light sauce. If you prefer a thicker and richer sauce you can add more butter. When making this dish, counting calories is out of the question as it is an inherently rich dish. This is the kind of meal you make once in a while so why not go all out.

Easy Eggs Benedict Recipe

With Valentine’s day coming up you can prepare Eggs Benedict for that special someone. They will certainly feel special when you serve this delectable treat. Go ahead and make some mimosas or serve with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Either way, you will feel like a MasterChef and you will get a lot of praise.

Here at Spoons and Stilettos, we are always trying to teach home cooks how to cook like chefs. If you want to perfect your omelet making skills, you can read my post on how to make a perfect omelet too! If you decide to make this recipe, be sure to tag @spoonsandstilettos on Instagram; I’ll love to see your creations.

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Print Recipe
Easy Eggs Benedict Recipe
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 English muffins
  • 1 tbsp White vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Fresh chives chopped
Hollandaise Sauce
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt to taste
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 English muffins
  • 1 tbsp White vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Fresh chives chopped
Hollandaise Sauce
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon in the oven until lightly crispy. about 8 minutes. reserve bacon fat
  2. Bring to boil about two cups water, add vinegar and reduce heat till water lighlty simmering.
  3. Melt 8 tbsp butter. Place the egg yolks, lemon juice and salt in the blender. Blend for half a minute till eggs are a light yellow then add the butter till you reach the right consistency.
  4. Crack one egg into a small bowl then gently place into the lightly simmering water. Do it for each egg.
  5. Turn the heat off, cover the saucepan and let sit for 5 minutes then remove the eggs gently with a slotted spoon.
  6. Toast muffin halves before assembling. divide bacon among the muffin halves. Place pached egg over bacon, pour some hollandaise sauce and sprinkle the top with fresh chives.

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