Step up your breakfast game with yogurt parfait : quick, nutritious, and easy to assemble. I am pretty predictable when it comes to breakfast, especially on the weekdays. My go-to choices are smoothies, scrambled eggs + toast, or parfait because I am all about convenience, nutrients, and fast! For the month of February, The Recipe Redux theme is "Break Out of Breakfast Boredom" showcasing a healthy way to wake up to your breakfast. Lately, I have been making my stovetop cranberry almond granola on repeat and making yogurt parfait, which I think is perfect for this challenge. Yogurt parfait starts with your choice of granola (usually vegan/gluten-free-friendly), fruits of your choice, and yogurt. It's great for a grab n' go breakfast and can also be assembled the night before if you absolutely have zero minutes in the morning. You could use store-bought granola but if you have 10 minutes a week to spare, make a batch of stove top granola at home (you can easily swap nuts/dried fruits/seeds) and save yourself $$$ and unnecessary ingredients that sometimes come with granola. I am not saying all store-bought granola are bad but make sure to read the ingredient list before you get tricked by lovely packaging. When it comes to yogurt, I almost always recommend getting plain, 2% Greek yogurt (or full fat depending upon your overall diet, lifestyle, and health condition). Greek yogurt has thicker, creamier texture because whey is removed from it resulting in less sugar compared to most regular yogurt. However, be mindful when picking Greek yogurt because even though it is a good source of protein, the flavored variety are often loaded with sugar. Again, read the label carefully!!! For fruits - you can go seasonal with berries or use sliced fruits such as bananas, apples, peaches, kiwis or whatever you desire. Here is a step-by step on how I make homemade granola and how to assemble a parfait!
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I don't follow a strict recipe while assembling a yogurt parfait because some days, I go heavy on berries while other days, I want more granola. The recipe I am providing is for a single serving but feel free to adjust quantity and make multiple servings as needed.
- scant 1/2 cup granola, divided
- 1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt, divided
- handful of berries
- In a glass, add 2 tablespoon of berries and use a spoon to spread it evenly.
- Layer it with 2 tablespoon of yogurt and top it with berries.
- Repeat with remaining granola, yogurt, and berries.
- Serve immediately for best taste but it can also be assembled a night before and stored in the fridge although it might affect the texture a little bit.