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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Yogurt with Strawberry Sauce
Chocolate covered Strawberry Greek Yogurt with Strawberry Sauce is a mouthful to say. It just also happens to be a delicious mouthful of ingredients perfect for dessert. You only need four ingredients to enjoy every spectacular mouthful. Greek yogurt for dessert? Absolutely. It is perfect with a creamy, sweet consistency. I topped it with a homemade strawberry sauce, simply strawberries that have been pureed. There is no need to add more sugar. Then the piece de resistance, melted dark chocolate on the top. Look at that crispy chocolate shell capping off my beautiful dessert.
This year as I continue my quest for health, I am trying a few novel things, novel for me anyway. First I’m giving myself a break. Yes, I am trying to come to terms that I am not perfect. There I said it. I have tons of foibles, which I am forever beating myself up about. Woo, my mind can be extremely wicked to myself. Nighttime can feel like a boxing match between the part of my brain trying to beat myself up for any small or big mistakes and the part of my brain just trying to remember I’m human after all. It is tiring. What do I do when I am tired, stress and generally feeling bad about myself? I eat, of course, and not the healthy stuff. I reach for the chips and cake. So this year, I am scaling back, hopefully literally. Did you notice I cut down to two recipes a week instead of three? That is part of my plan to put me first. The second part is to stop beating myself up.
I got my first lesson on how important it is to give myself a break rather quickly. After the first week of Weight Watchers, I lost .2 lbs. Yes you read that right .2 lbs. Not even one pound. I had increased my exercise, written down everything I ate and stuck to my points. I was mad, upset and went straight to beating myself up. I thought “Fine, then I am going to eat. Take that body”. (Stupid, do not try that at home) I grabbed a bag of chips and starting munching away. Then something rather miraculous happened. These three words popped into my head “Don’t give up”. I think I may have stopped chip in mid-air. Where did that sane voice of reason come from? Wow, that was me. It worked, I put the chips back. Then when that mean little voice wanted to berate myself for eating chips, I again stopped and said no. This is a victory. I stopped myself where I would not have before. This is huge, and I need to be happy with myself.
So the weight loss is going extremely slowly, but I feel better. I am ready to throw my scale out of the window, but I have more energy. I feel motivated, and I don’t feel like dieting is an anchor pulling me under water. I have also noticed I am not thinking “I might or maybe” about my reaching my goal. It feels different this time. That does not mean that I think I am never going to eat something high in calories again or that I am going to drop a ton of weight. Right now all I know is something feels different. I feel more in control of what I am eating. I am enjoying what I am eating more too. OK, I hate all the dishes I have had to wash lately, but I am enjoying food more. Does that make sense? I’ve always enjoyed the taste of food, but this time I am enjoying healthy food not just for the taste, but because it is healthy. I am enjoying feeding my body fuel and not just food.
Fruit and protein are a big key to my success. That makes Yoplait® yogurts 1-up your cup theme perfect. While I was at Walmart, I picked up a few different flavors. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I settled on their delicious Strawberry Greek yogurt and added a simple homemade strawberry sauce and topped it with a little dark chocolate for a dessert that tastes totally decadent but fits perfectly into my eating plan. This dessert took me less than 5 minutes to make, and quite frankly would be perfect to serve for a dinner party or Valentine’s day. You can put it in a pretty glass like I did; or just top your container of Yoplait® and save yourself a dish to wash. I like that I get the extra protein from the Greek yogurt and just a little splash of fun with the dark chocolate. It satisfied both sides of my brain and there was absolutely, positively nothing to beat myself up about. This is a good food choice with no guilt. Yet another step to ridding myself of guilt.
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Happy Healthy Eating,
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