A simple yogurt breakfast from the 'French Women Don't Get Fat' Cookbook, whose promise is to help us lose 10 pounds over the summer, ahem, effortlessly.
So echo “Oui! Oui” if you’d love to lose 10 pounds over the summer, all without dieting, all without exercising.
Author Mireille Guiliano tells a long, fond tale of summers with her favorite aunt, Tante Berthe (Aunt Berthe), movie-star glamorous, squired by many a beau. Tante Berthe was both a gourmet and a gourmande and tended to plumpness. But by the end of each summer, she managed to look sleek and svelte.
Her trick? For a week, a serving of Magical Breakfast Cream for breakfast, followed by a light lunch and light supper, all the while giving up two treats entirely, wine, say, bread, say, or sweets, say. For the rest of the summer, eat lightly, just nibbling at bread and sweets.
Now far be it for me to promise weight loss without dieting and really, neither would Tante Berthe. Note how she starts off with a South-Beach style or Atkins-style ‘phase one’ period at the front end, then carries on with Weight Watchers-style sensible eating. It’s a sort of front-end cleansing, a diet ‘correction’ to use a term from the financial markets, all to adjust the body and the mind to a ‘new normal’ while all full of decision and determination.
But what I can promise is a satisfying summer breakfast, one that takes just a couple of minutes to stir together. It tastes great, it’s a healthy breakfast. And if 10 pounds happen to slip away? All the better.
MAGICAL BREAKFAST CREAM
Time to table: 5 - 10 minutes
NUT & CEREAL MIX
- 1/2 cup (1-1/2 ounces) toasted walnuts
- 2 cups (4 ounces) Original Shredded Wheat
(enough for 7 days)
- 1/2 cup (3 ounces) 0% or 2% Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon good olive oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- scant 3 tablespoons (1/2 ounce) Nut & Cereal Mix
- Juice & pulp of half a lemon or orange (my favorite)
In a small food processor, grind the walnuts and cereal. Transfer to a covered container, tuck an extra tablespoon right inside the container and refrigerate.
To serve, spoon the yogurt into an individual serving bowl. Stir in the oil first, then the honey, creating a lighter, slightly sweeter yogurt. Top with the Nut & Cereal Mix, sprinkle the lemon juice over top, then stir it all up. Serve and savor, one small bite at a time.
Would Tante Berthe Approve?
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