I’m not a big fan of a huge breakfast. My husband loves a huge country style breakfast and would eat one everyday of the week, but for me I’m content with something light when I wake up in the morning. A bowl of cereal or oatmeal, or these Yogurt Parfaits are just what I need to get my day going. I also like to have a Yogurt Parfait as a healthy snack option midday.
The first time that I can remember eating a Yogurt Parfait was actually at McDonald’s. It’s not a restaurant that I would typically associate with such a light option, but they have delicious Yogurt Parfaits on the dollar menu, and they leave the granola on the side so that it doesn’t get soggy. Like soggy cereal, I can’t stand soggy granola so I appreciate the separate package of granola.
I’ve started making these Yogurt Parfaits at home with plain Greek yogurt. The reduced sugar levels in plain yogurt help to balance out the natural sugar that occurs in fruit. Use your favorite yogurt whether flavored or plain, Greek or regular. I buy the large container of Greek yogurt and dice a lot of fruit up to make a fruit salad, so that I can meal prep for a grab and go breakfast. I don’t add the cereal or granola until I’m ready to eat the Yogurt Parfait so that it doesn’t get soggy while stored in the refrigerator.
For the Yogurt Parfait pictured, I’ve swapped out the usual granola on top for a chocolate flavored high fiber, high protein, flake style cereal. I think another great option would be any bran flakes cereal, just remember if you’re cutting calories to buy the cereal without raisins since they’re higher in sugar.
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Note – I make several Yogurt Parfaits ahead of time, but I don’t add the granola or cereal until I’m ready to eat the parfait since they are stored in the refrigerator and the topping will get soft under refrigeration.
I use a container with a lid if I’m storing these or I build the parfait in a cup or glass if it will be eaten immediately.
Place 1/4 – 1/3 cup of yogurt in the bottom of the container and layer 1/4 – 1/3 cup of diced fruit over the top of the yogurt. Top the fruit with 1/4 – 1/3 more yogurt and sprinkle over a few Tbsp. of granola or a high fiber cereal if not storing in the refrigerator for a grab and go meal option.
If you are storing the yogurt for future meals or snacks, place the granola in individual portions in reusable bowls and add it when ready.
These are suggested serving sizes for me a person who doesn’t like a heavy breakfast. Make your Yogurt Parfait as large or small as you like.
If using bananas or apples add a little lemon juice to the cut fruit to keep it from browning if you don’t plan to serve it right away.