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Brain Food: Yogurt Parfait

Happy Monday foodies! This week at letsgetbasted, we are focusing on brain foods. Here at JMU, our semester is coming to an end meaning exams are nearing and the work is beginning to pile on. Therefore, we thought it would be a good week to sharpen our minds with some nutritious treats. I am bringing you a yogurt parfait recipe with homemade granola.

Things you will need:

  • Vanilla yogurt
  • Assorted fruit
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cuts grape nuts (or the generic brand)
  • 2 cups rice krispies or puffed rice
  • 1 ½ cups sliced almonds
  • 1 ½ cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • ⅔ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon

First, preheat your oven to 350⁰. Then in a large bowl, mix together the oats, grape nuts cereal, rice krispies, almonds and coconut. Then, toss in the syrup, honey, cinnamon and sugar. Spread the mixture in a thin layer onto a baking sheet (you may have to use two) and bake for about 45 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes so it browns evenly. Let the granola cool and put it into a plastic bag to save. When you want to create your parfait, layer the yogurt, fruit and granola. If you have vanilla yogurt but want to try some other flavors, try mixing in a little of your favorite jelly or jam to flavor the yogurt. This is also a great way to save money by buying only one kind of yogurt but being able to create everyone’s favorite flavor using only a little jam. This recipe is great brain food because it has whole grains which boost blood flow to the brain and contain vitamin B6 which is important for brain development. It also contains almonds which stimulate natural mood boosters and boost memory. Yogurt helps improve alertness and memory and fruits like strawberries, blueberries and blackberries contain important antioxidants and vitamins that prevent brain cell degeneration. So before that next big test or next time you need a break while working on a project, try a yogurt parfait and get all the nutrients you need for some good brain food. Enjoy!

-Kelsey-

BAKED with an Orange Glow Shrimp

This is by far the tastiest post I have made to date.  I really enjoy seafood and the bags of shrimp were on sale, buy one get one free, so I decided to get some and see where my imagination would take me.  It really reminds me of coconut shrimp, minus the coconut coating. Its sweet and juicy with a slight hint of spiciness.  The other thing I love about the recipe is it is quick.  Shrimp doesn’t take long at all, 15 minutes in the oven and its ready to go.
I’m not kidding I really do believe this is the best tasting recipe I have made to date.  Try making this yourself, you will not be disappointed I promise.     
  • 1/2 bottle of Italian Dressing 
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic 
  • 1 pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 pinch of Old-Bay seasoning
  • 1 Orange- cut into slices and squeezed 
  • 1 pound of shrimp peeled
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. After the ingredients are blended eventually, pour in a baking pan. 
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Make sure you keep an eye on the shrimp because if you cook them too long they will become rubbery.
Serve and enjoy, I hope you like it.
-Ryan

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