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Apple and Cinnamon Brown Sugar Yogurt with Granola and Dried Cranberries

When I tell you I eat this all of the time, I mean ALL of the time.  Like 5 times a week.  Every time I eat it, my body thanks me.  It’s easy and delicious to buy packaged yogurt with added sweetened fruit.  I’ve found from tirelessly reading yogurt nutritional labels that for a real protein boost with low sugar, my best bet is Fage 0% plain yogurt.  Mixing plain yogurt in a blender with frozen fruit and honey for a smoothie is delicious at home, but for going to work, it’s not practical.  This recipe is an even better alternative as you get so much more flavor and texture: creamy and tangy yogurt, crunchy granola, sweet sugar, chewy and sour cranberries, and tart and crisp apples.  It’s loaded with protein and fiber–a true power breakfast.  I like to make a batch on Sundays for the week, each day’s worth packed into individual containers so they’re ready to grab in the morning.

Apple and Cinnamon Brown Sugar Yogurt with Granola and Dried Cranberries

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 cup thick plain Greek yogurt (I prefer Fage 0%)

½ Granny Smith apple, sliced into matchsticks

2 tbsp. granola

1 tbsp. dried cranberries

1 tsp. brown sugar

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Directions

In an individual-sized serving bowl (I use a cereal bowl), spoon ½ tsp. brown sugar and 1/8 tsp. cinnamon into the bottom.  Layer in the yogurt, followed by the apple matchsticks.  Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar and cinnamon on top.  Spoon the granola and cranberries over that.

Voila.  Ready to serve and enjoy.

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