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!