A Dairy-Free Fruit and Yogurt Parfait


Remember when those McDonald’s Fruit N Yogurt Parfaits came out?! They were originally the size of a Starbucks tall drink. Remember that? Loaded with vanilla yogurt, berries, and granola. I think now they are like the size of a small child’s to go cup.

The size of the parfait is completely irrelevant to my post.  I just wanted to point out how the sizes of everything have changed. “back in my day” granny moment.

I wanted to create a lower sugar and dairy-free version of a parfait. I think parfaits are tasty in the morning or as a snack, but my intolerance to dairy always rules out the store bought or restaurant versions. 

For my parfaits, I use unsweetened vanilla So Delicious coconut milk yogurt. It is yogurt made out of coconut milk, so it is completely dairy-free. No upset stomach. Hallelujah!

This parfait is perfect for PanzaTine’s Day/Valentine’s Day morning. The red raspberries at that festive pinkish red color and the granola gives a tasty crunch. You can add whatever toppings you would like too or other berries.

I mentioned last week that we were house hunting. My goodness! I knew it would be a little stressful, but I suppose I thought I would just find “the one” right off the bat. There are so many components to think about when looking for a house. The streets it is near, the school district, the neighborhood, and even what setup you want for entertaining. Are you following me yet on Snapchat?

I shared on Snapchat a kitchen pantry that was the size of a small bedroom. One home we went in smelled like pee, NO THANK YOU! We nicknamed the houses we saw and that one was “smelly house”. #SorryNotSorry

Today we are preparing to go view a few more. One or two of which I can really see myself living in and creating a home in. I have already redesigned the front landscaping in my head for one of the homes. 🙂

Anyways! I will be hosting a giveaway in my Facebook group this week. I am giving away the book You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. If you haven’t joined us, request to join at The Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Life on Facebook

No more delaying, here is the recipe for you. 
Do you enjoy recipes like these?! Let me know and I will continue to share more. 

Dairy-Free Coconut Raspberry Parfait
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Dairy-Free Coconut Raspberry Parfait
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  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl. You can also add a little bit of coco powder if you would like a rich, chocolatey tasting parfait. Pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and dried goji berries are also tasty toppings.
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No Guilt – Rich and Creamy Cherry Cheesecake

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dairy- free Cherry Cheesecake Shake panzaavenue.com/CCheesecake

I love, LOVE shakes that have a rich flavor to them. Don’t you?! This dairy-free cherry cheesecake way is a great way to satisfy a sweet, dessert craving! I love the sweetness of the cherries and the creaminess of the “cream cheese”.

This shake is completely dairy-free. If you are new around here, you should know all of my recipes are dairy-free. Why?! Well, my husband and I discovered we both had a dairy intolerance about 2 years ago. They have those little dairy enzyme pills you can take before you eat any dairy, but it really doesn’t solve the problem entirely. While we certainly use them on occasion, I found that creating dairy or lactose free recipes was just an easier way to solve the problem.
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I hope you are enjoying #PanzaTinesDay so far! What are your plans for ACTUAL Valentine’s Day?! I just bought the cutest skirt from Target with red glitter hearts on it. I cannot wait to wear it for Valentine’s Day!

Nick and I have started the house hunting process! Cheers to making some type of progress on our 2017 wishlist, right? Have you house hunted before? I am trying really hard to not be overly picky, but I keep finding myself being really picky. I keep getting sucked in to the vortex of Pinterest, pinning home decor ideas. I thought I Pinterest addiction was cured after the wedding. Turns out Pinterest sucks you in at all stages of life. 

If you follow me on Snapchat, I am taking you along for the journey this weekend when we do a little house hunting. Username: AnnaLPanza

Wish us luck!!

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Dairy-Free Cherry Cheesecake Shake
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  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
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Fit Gift Guide for Her

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Panza-Tine’s Day number two! If you are out, on the hunt for a cute gift for your Fit-Gal Pal, look no further. 

I have gathered a few fun gifts for you to give to that sweet Gal-entine in your life! These gifts are sure to be a sweet surprise for any fitness loving lady on your list! Most of these items can be found on Etsy! I love supporting small businesses! I found a few items at Bed, Bath, and Beyond (don’t forget your 20% off coupon) and Forever 21. I have linked each item below the image. 

It was like window shopping preparing for this post. I have several new “wish-list” items, now! I am just loving that No Pain, No Champagne tank! Too cute!

I hope you find something special for your gal-entine or for yourself. PS.. Don’t forget to pass this along to your other half as your Valentine’s Day wish list. I hope you enjoy! 

panzaavenue.com Valentine's Day Fit Gift Guide

  1. A Cute Workout Tank or this one is super cute, too
  2. A Water Bottle With Goals
  3. Assorted Bath Bomb Gift Set
  4. Inspiring/Motivational Print 
  5. Ultra Calming Salt Lamp
  6. A Super Cute Sports Bra – Here, Here, and Here
  7. Cute Yoga Mat
  8. A Cheeky Coffee Mug
  9. Fit Bit Cover
  10. Fitness Planner

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So Simple, No Guilt Thin Mint Cookies

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Welcome, Welcome, Welcome to PanzaTine’s Day! Panza-Tines-Day… Get it?!?! (you like that, I made it up!) I wanted my own thing, you know? So Panza-Tine’s Day it is! *crowd roars!* I mean really, who doesn’t love a festive holiday? EXACTLY!

The Holidays have wrapped and the new year, new me resolutions are starting to settle in. How have you been doing with that by the way?! I have been sticking pretty strong to my plan. The gym 5-6 days a week, a clean diet, logging my food, and enjoying those indulgences every now and again.

Girl, you have to try these TOTALLY EASY Protein Thin Mints. Best news… they aren’t full of sugary, unwanted calories. Can I get a “HECK YES!”?

If you are anything like me, you have been reluctantly turning down those cute smiling faces holding boxes of cookies outside your grocery store. That’s right, it is Girl Scout Cookie Season my friend! You guys, I can actually taste the thin mint flavor in my mouth as I type this. #Cravings!

No need to worry, I have a thin mint recipe that you are sure to love. The best part? It is full of protein, they have coconut oil in them (which I am obsessed with #GlowingSkin) AND they taste freakin’ Ah-mazing! 

If you are looking for other sweet, but healthy indulgences to share with your Valentine, check out these Zucchini Brownies. I promise you, they don’t taste anything like zucchini.

Later this week I will be sharing a cherry cheesecake protein shake that is dairy-free and so delicious! You can sign up for email updates so you never miss a post again.

Ps… these would make such a cute gift for your Galentine at work or your BFF!  Wrapped in a cute cello bag with a pink bow. Yep, cute!

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I absolutely love this protein thin mint recipe! All the girl scout cookie flavor you love, without the guilt.
Protein Thin Mints
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I absolutely love this protein thin mint recipe! All the girl scout cookie flavor you love, without the guilt.
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  1. Mix all of the ingredients in to a bowl. The mixture will have a few bumps after it is mixed well, it is the coconut shavings.
  2. Scoop in to molds or in to the bottom of a cupcake tin. Place in the freezer for 7 minutes or until firm.
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The Spiritual Journey : Asking for a Sign

Hello, my friend. How are you?! Have you checked in with yourself today to see how YOU actually feel or have you been go, go, go non-stop today or even this week? 

I ask, because I know how easy it is to fall in to the cycle of constantly doing and forgetting to check in with “self” and God. 

Earlier this week I talked about morning routines that you can create for yourself. Maybe 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour of a morning routine that allows you to slow down, check in, and listen to yourself. 

Have you set up a morning routine yet?! If not, I encourage you to go back, read that post, and create one for yourself. 

Today I wanted to chat about asking for signs from God or the Universe. Whatever you believe, I feel like there is a strong disconnect when we want something or desire an answer, but we haven’t decided HOW we would like to receive that answer.
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This concept was brought to me by a friend, Haley (that’s Haley up there) and she got this concept from the beautiful Miss Gabby Bernstein. The concept is asking for a specific sign that will guide you in to knowing you have made the right decision or you are on the right track. It is really like a confirmation of sorts.

In this video, Gabby talks about using an owl to confirm her decisions with the Universe. For me, I have chosen an elephant to confirm my decisions with God.
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In morning prayer or throughout the day or after I have made a decision, I specifically ask God to show me an elephant. Sounds a little strange right?! BUT before you knock it, know that it is one of the most peaceful feelings and reassurance you have been heard. 

How many times have you gotten in your car and the right song, at the right time comes on, and you think “this is a sign from God!”. Asking for your own sign, is merely this concept.

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My elephants show up in various places. Like the time I was in TJ Maxx. I was so overwhelmed by the pressure of the world around me. The desires of my heart were to make some major shifts and changes in my life. Before going in for my shopping trip, I asked God to guide me and give me clarity. 

Sure enough within 15 minutes of being in TJ Maxx, on the back wall was a large canvas print of a mother elephant and a baby elephant. TJ Maxx isn’t a place that has consistent merchandise, in case you didn’t know. The chances of that photo, in that place, in that moment, were my confirmation from God. Not to mention, the mother and baby elephant speak volumes to my struggles the past few months with starting a family. 

How about social media? My friend Haley made a decision in her business to create something for her readers. She specifically asked for her sign. Within the hour scrolling on Facebook, she was brought a photo of a giraffe posted by a friend who would have never known that she had asked for a giraffe as a sign.

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You can choose to believe that this is a crazy concept or you can simply incorporate it in to your daily prayer with God. Either way, I enjoy sharing my journey with you all. Why?! Because it is the small things, like seeing a sign of elephants, that helps me move forward in my day. Especially when I am feeling overwhelm or uncertainty. I know that God hears all of my prayers, but to receive His confirmation back feels reassuring. 

Also, elephants have now taken on such a big meaning in my life. I seek them and I admire them. 

What sign will you ask for?

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