Is breakfast a tough meal to get right for your family? It sure is in mine. I’m not a morning person, so you won’t catch me waking up an extra 30 or 40 minutes earlier to cook a more time-consuming breakfast during the week. Instead, I make some quick, real food options that I can whip up in minutes … like my Real Fruit and Yogurt Parfait.
Now please, don’t confuse this with McDonald’s Fruit and Yogurt Parfait! Not only does their parfait contain a lot of highly processed ingredients, it also has a whole lot of added sugar! 18 grams to be exact. That’s over half the daily recommended amount for adults! 1
Honestly, isn’t it amazing how something so simple can get so mucked up when it falls into McDonald’s hands?!?!?!
How easy is my Real Fruit and Yogurt Parfait? Let me tell you a quick story. About a month ago I went to visit my family in Florida for vacation. I knew we would be eating out a lot, so I wanted to make sure my breakfast was super healthy. All I had to do was go to the local Publix grocery store and pick up three ingredients—yogurt, granola, and fruit. Boom! A healthy breakfast IS THAT EASY! 🙂
Now I feel silly even typing this recipe into my recipe format. I mean does a three-ingredient, no cooking recipe even count as a recipe? Regardless, here it is! 🙂 And if you need some ideas for flavor combinations, I’ve shared some of my favorite ideas in the Recipe Blueprint at the bottom of this post.
- ½ cup yogurt
- ⅓ -1/2 cup fresh or frozen fruit
- ¼ cup granola or roasted nuts
- Add yogurt to the your bow. Top with fruit and granola.
Watch out for granolas with lots of added sugar. If I'm not using my homemade granola, I try to buy an organic granola with 3g or less of added sugar per ¼ cup serving.
If you and your family are used to sweet yogurt, try transitioning to no added sugars by at first drizzling ½ teaspoon of maple syrup over your yogurt before adding the toppings. Slowly, over time, cut back on the maple syrup. Before you know it, you and your family won't be missing that added sugar.
Kitchen Tips and Resources:
This recipe is so easy there really aren’t any tips on how to prepare it. That said, here are a several ideas regarding the ingredients I use:
- I love using Organic Valley’s new Grassmilk Plain Whole Milk Yogurt. Trader Joe’s and Stonyfield Organic also have some good options.
- As I mention in the notes for this recipe, if you’re using a store-bought granola make sure you choose one that doesn’t have tons of added sugar. Definitely try to buy something with no more than 3 grams of added sugar per 1/4 cup serving.
- If you or your family is used to sweetened yogurts, try weaning them off by at first drizzling 1/2 teaspoon of maple syrup over your yogurt. Over time, cut back on the maple syrup until you’re no longer adding any.
- All different kinds of nuts are great in yogurt parfaits. Some of my favorites are almonds, pecans, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds.
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