“You dreamt, you believed, you aspired and you achieved.”

This post is honor of my parents. My outstanding, loving parents. Who believe in me no matter what crazy decision I decide to make next.  Like moving to New York for example. They probably didn’t think it was the most logical, well-thought out decision I had ever made, but boy did they support me. And drive me and my precious belongings to the city, a (not-so short) ride of about 11 hours. So yea, they’re pretty awesome. And today, I got a little surprise in the mail: a little reminder that my parents really do love me, a card that they wrote, that among other things said:

“You dreamt, you believed, you aspired and you achieved.”

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At my Honors College graduation…aren’t we cute?

Another thing my parents gave…my love for fruit. My undying, dedication to almost every fruit you can think of, everything but papayas…those are a different story. We have plenty of fruit in my household everyday, but it doesn’t last long. A basket of fruit will be gone in the course of a day…and I’m an only child.

And so with my love for fruit, came a curiosity of incorporating non-traditional fruits into traditional dishes. Like yogurt parfaits, for example…sure strawberries and blueberries are a predictable choice, but what about pomegranates?

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Pomegranates are full of antioxidants, Vitamin C, and B vitamins…all that for only about 100 calories per fruit…there’s a reason they’re called superfruits.

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As great as this fruit is, it makes you work for it. Deseeding a pomegranate is not an easy task. It’s going to get messy, the seeds will go flying, and your white shirt will have pomegranate juice specks all over it.

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Hint:

NEVER, ever wear a white shirt while deseeding a pomegranate. If this is common sense, however, pretend I never said nor did that.

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Pomegranate & Pepita Granola Greek Yogurt Parfait:

Makes 1 parfait

1 6-oz container of 0% fat Greek yogurt

1/2 pomegranate 

1/4 cup pumpkin flax granola (I prefer Nature’s Valley Pumkin Flax Granola)

In a bowl, combine the ingredients together, swirl, and enjoy. This is perfect as a snack, a light lunch, or a post-workout meal.

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The Greek yogurt alone provides 18g of protein for only 100 calories, making this a low-calorie, protein-rich meal. P1030562The granola not only has pumpkin seeds, but flax seeds as well, both of which are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

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Yum!

Mom and Dad, if you guys are reading this, I love and miss you!

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