Thursday, January 30, 2014

Morning Parfait...

Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day. Some people see that as: “I know it’s important, but I don't have time, so I'll have to make it quick.” Quick is not always the best way to go, not only for the sake of your health, but also for your taste buds. What if you could have all three: quick, healthy and tasty?

The French parfait is a frozen dessert, dating from 1894.
A parfait is a great way to start the day, and not just for a special treat, like a brunch item for guests. This breakfast recipe includes everything you need to jump-start your day, even without coffee (haha). The natural sugar perk you get from fresh berries and fruit, the fiber and protein from the grains and nuts, and a splash of dairy with the yogurt – there’s no real need for anything else,
except a spoon.

Not all parfait has to be this elegant or complicated. It’s very easy to get a large mixing bowl, scoop in some cereal and nuts; add some yogurt, lots of berries, and mix. Then, spoon into individual bowls. You can always experiment with yogurt and fruit combinations to create something unique and delicious. But layering is the key to parfait, and its presentation in a transparent bowl or stemmed glass is perfection. As a matter of fact, parfait in French literally means something perfect.

Simple recipe for two


1/3 cup reduced-fat granola
3/4 cup (6 ounces) vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup fresh blackberries or blueberries


1. Place 2 tablespoons of granola in each of two parfait glasses.
2. Top each with about 2 tablespoons yogurt.
3. In a small bowl, combine berries; divide a third of the mixture between the two glasses.
4. Repeat yogurt and berry layers.
5. Top with the remaining yogurt, berries and granola.

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