Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sunshine Yogurt Parfaits & a Bit of Blog Frustration

Sigh. The I Believe I Can Fry Facebook page has suddenly decided to stop posting thumbnails whenever I post blog links. It's not that big of a deal, except that, to me, links look like crap without pretty little thumbnails. Also, Feedburner was acting wonky when I posted my Shortcut Southern Coconut Cake post. I'm not sure if pinging & resyncing has fixed the problem, so I guess we'll see what happens when I click on "Publish" for this post! 

I'm also DYING to have a new, non-Blogger layout for the blog, but HTML is a completely foreign language to me. Unfortunately, the IBICF budget is pretty tight, meaning I can't really go hire a designer anytime soon ever. 

Enough griping, though! This is a place for wine and french fries, not whine and french cries. 

Publix stores took over the Birmingham area a few years ago; they are EVERYWHERE now! There is one less than 5 minutes from my house, less than 5 minutes from the office, and less than 5 minutes from the BF's house as well. Needless to say, I'm never all that far from a Publix. Sorry, Mom & Dad (unfortunately, Publix hasn't built any stores where they live...yet). 

Sometimes while working, I'll pop over to Publix for lunch and grab a quick bite from their deli. Typically I'll grab a little salad (veggie or fruit), but lately, I've been buying their "Sunshine Yogurt Parfait". For $2.99, you get some vanilla yogurt, topped with fresh strawberries, pineapple chunks and mandarin oranges, with a little container of cinnamon-y granola to sprinkle on top.

Lately, I've gone nuts for fruit & yogurt parfaits; I've made countless homemade versions, with every combination of fresh and frozen fruits humanly possible, yet I keep going back to Publix and shelling out $3 for their parfaits. Finally, I ran in on a lunch run, saw that they were out of my beloved parfaits, and decided to just start making my own!

Sunshine Yogurt Parfaits
Shamelessly copied by me from Publix

Vanilla yogurt, Greek or plain, lowfat or nonfat (I use Cabot Greek Lowfat Vanilla Bean)
Fresh strawberries, hulled & halved
Fresh pineapple chunks, drained (you can also use the canned kind)
Canned mandarin oranges, drained
Honey, optional (I prefer local Tupelo honey. The Van Morrison album ain't bad, either!) 
Granola (I LOVE Pure Bliss' Gingerbread Flax)

Add some vanilla yogurt to a small bowl or glass.

Top with a few strawberry halves, pineapple chunks and mandarin oranges. Drizzle with a bit of honey if desired - the Publix version doesn't use honey, but I like it.

Top with some granola. If you don't want to buy loose granola, you can even break up one of your favorite granola bars instead - I sometimes do this with Nature's Valley Oats & Honey Bars. Repeat the layers as desired.


  1. What a tempting combination of yogurt and fresh fruit. This is perfect for the summer as it is a desert that is to cool down and get healthy.

    1. Exactly! Healthy eating doesn't have to be bland!