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22 February 2012 @ 10:45 am
Magical Breakfast Cream from 'French Women Don't Get Fat.'  
I've not done the research on that, by the way, whether or not French women get fat. I find it impossible to believe that there aren't fat French women, and if not, I'm totally disheartened by the fact that I'm American and thus chubby by nationality.

Or it could be all the cookies.

Nevertheless, my little sister turned me on to this recipe. She has Mireille Gulliano's, cookbook, French Women Don't Get Fat. And last week when I was in Lubbock visiting, she mentioned the first recipe in the book, "Magical Breakfast Cream."

As you well know, I'm all about anything magical.

Seriously, though, I've had this every morning since and I find that I don't get hungry when I have this concoction for breakfast. I'm not dying for lunchtime at all, and usually I'm waiting for 11:30 like it's Christmas morning. Ms. Gulliano swears that this, in tandem with a sensible diet, helps reduce weight. (What doesn't, I ask you?) She gives several healthy hits for weight loss in this article, as well.

The best thing about Magical Breakfast Cream is that you can make it your own. Different oils, different nuts, different fruit juices... it's pretty awesome.

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon almond oil (the original recipe uses flaxseed oil, or use another flavor you like)
1-2 tablespoons lemon/citrus juice (I use 1 teaspoon because I don't like how tart the citrus makes it.)
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons finely ground cereal (with 0 sugar and 0 sodium Such as Nabisco's Shredded Wheat)
2 teaspoons nuts, lightly toasted (walnuts, or almonds, pecans, etc)
Fresh seasonal fruit (1/2 banana, mango, a handful of blueberries, etc)

Place the Greek Yogurt in a small serving bowl. Add the oil to yogurt and mix well, then add the honey and juice to yogurt and mix well. Separately, grind the cereal and the nuts in a (mini) food processor. (You can make a bigger batch of cereal-nuts mixture and use it over the a few days.) Add the cereal and nuts to the yogurt and mix well. And because I like things sweet, I added 3 drops of Stevia.

Stevia is my new Splenda. Hopefully it won't cause future cancer or blindness or unnatural hair growth.

Anyway, this recipe is one to try. It's healthy and filling and (without the fruit) it's 5 Weight Watcher's points. Enjoy!
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Elle Blessingway: Animated: *sigh*elle_blessing on February 22nd, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
I used to eat something to that effect nearly every day when I was in college and playing soccer (breakfast and lunch, a lot of the time). I lament that I can no longer eat yogurt. Mostly because such am easy, healthy snack was taken from me. Le sigh.

Also, try granola with it too. DELICIOUS.
Carrie Leigh: Merlot YO HOcarrie_leigh on February 22nd, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
Oooh, yes, granola is fantastic, too!

I'm sad that you can't have yogurt. I eat A LOT of it. It's where I get most of my dairy/calcium.
Carmenhumbuggirl on February 22nd, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
*glances across the channel*

I assure you there are fat French women. I've had several encounters.

I eat something fairly similar on a daily basis although I leave out the oils. Can't wait for UK strawberry season to get started. You can get them at the moment but they're from abroad and I end up feeling all guilty about the whole food miles/carbon footprint. Also they're more expensive.

Fruit & natural yoghurt is my evening snack if I get peckish, though, and I love granola.
Not a lady at allcosmo_jenny on February 22nd, 2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
My breakfast consists of 5 tablespoons of normal fat yogurt, 4 tablespoon of organic berry cereal mix(or müsli, as we Germans call it), 1-2 tablespoons of amaranth and a teaspoon of maple syrup.
I mix it in a small tupperware container in the evening, shake well and leave it in the fridge overnight.
I eat in my break at around 10am (I am just not hungry before) and it is delicious.
Only downside: I hate the raisins/sultanas in the cereal mix.
slitherhitherslitherhither on February 23rd, 2012 07:46 am (UTC)
Funny how there are so many comments about this being everyone's favorite breakfast, because, well this is my favorite (healthy) breakfast too! (I have lots of favorite unhealthy breakfasts.) My variation is raw oats, plain yogurt, dried blueberries (for sweetness, yum) and almonds. In fact I should be eating that instead of what I've had the audacity to call breakfast lately.
seegrimseegrim on February 23rd, 2012 11:03 am (UTC)
I have one friend from France. She's lovely and quite thin. It could just be she's very slender naturally. Go figure! But - you lured me in! I'm always wanting something healthy in the morning that's going to give me the entire so that I'm not already starting to think about lunch at eleven!

It's been too long, Carrie, since we had a good long talk. I miss you. I hope you doing well!
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on February 24th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
I miss you, too & I'd love to catch up. Anytime. :)