Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait_edited I am a morning person. I love the quiet of the early hours before the city (and the family) wakes up. I curl up with my coffee and laptop knowing that the day is completely in my control. Except breakfast. I really do not like making breakfast in the morning. It goes against the entire reason I get up early - to have a peaceful and quiet hour to myself. So why, then, would I disrupt it by making a mess in the kitchen? By the time I prep, cook, eat, and clean, the little man is up, the dog needs to be fed, I have to get to the gym, and the realities of the day set in. So, most mornings I wait to eat anything until after I get home from the gym. This could be anywhere between 8am and 12pm. By this time, starvation has taken over and I usually end up eating a balanced meal of goldfish crackers and a spoonful of peanut butter. Much like I combat poor mid-afternoon snack choices with pre-made hummus and veggie cups, I decided to give myself a leg up in the morning with ready-made fruit and yogurt parfaits. Not only are they delicious, but they are also really pretty! It makes me want to eat them. This one I made in a cup, but they are really cute in mason jars. You could make a bunch for the week and leave them at the office. Knowing a yummy breakfast awaits just might make that commute a little less terrible! For this one, I used strawberries because that is what I had, but feel free to mix it up: mango and pineapple, berry medley, papaya and kiwi. I even like to stir a little lemon zest into the yogurt for an extra zing in the morning. What's your favorite parfait combination? PS: Ever since I mastered the art of homemade granola, I haven't given the stuff at the store a second look. One batch takes about an hour to make from start to finish and you get to control exactly what is in it. If you don't already have a favorite, give my Best Ever Granola a try. If you have a favorite, please share! Fruit & Yogurt Parfait_3_edited Fruit & Yogurt Parfait_5_edited

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

  • 1 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 8 strawberries, sliced or chopped
  • 1 whole strawberry for garnish
  • 1/2 banana sliced
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp honey

Layer 1/3 of the yogurt on at the bottom of the glass.

Sprinkle 1/2 of the granola on top of the yogurt.

Lay 1/2 of the strawberries on top of the granola.

Repeat steps 1 - 3.

Put the last of the yogurt on top.

Arrange the banana slices on top of the final layer of yogurt.

Drip honey over the banana and then the chia seeds

Finish with the chia seeds.

Garnish with a whole strawberry.

*If using a mason jar, close the lid and store in the fridge, otherwise, enjoy!

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