First things first: the pop of red from the raspberries in these parfaits is making me so happy right now! I definitely don’t get enough color in my morning meals, and red just says, “Let’s get this day STARTED!”
Lately I’ve been a bit obsessed with breakfasts. From muffins to scones to poached eggs, and now these cups of creamy, tangy yogurt layered with crunchy granola, walnuts, chia seeds and tart red raspberries.
I’ll take two please!
These 5-ingredient fruit and yogurt parfaits are sure to start your day out right.
- Packed with protein. Super thick and creamy Greek yogurt packs in nearly 20 grams of protein in an 8-ounce serving. Perfect to keep you full and energized through your busy morning.
- Bring on the fiber! Plant-based, whole-foods fiber helps to keep your digestive system running smoothly, and can help you feel fuller longer. Raspberries are the most fiber-packed fruit, with 8 grams in each cup.
- Antioxidants to keep you looking and feeling great. Antioxidants work in every cell of your body, helping to boost your immune system, and are believed to act in the prevention of heart disease, certain cancers, Alzheimer’s and more. And bright red fruits and veggies — like these super red raspberries — are a really great source of antioxidants. Not to mention they taste amazing. Win win!
- Healthy fats to absorb all the vitamins. Vitamins A and E (rich in raspberries) are fat-soluble, meaning they are dissolved in fat. Unlike water-soluble vitamins, in order to reap their benefits — protection against free radicals in your body which play a role in aging and various disease processes — you need to eat enough healthy fats to ensure their absorption. You don’t necessarily need to eat them together. Getting enough healthy fats throughout the day along with your colorful fruits and veggies will do the trick. But raspberries and walnuts go so well together, let’s just throw them both into this parfait. Deal?
Plus, it’s getting pretty sticky here in Michigan with all the humidity going on and us having yet to install our little window air conditioner. Enter the cold breakfast.
The most common cold breakfast >> cereal.
But cereal can be pretty tricky when you’re trying to reduce added sugar intake. Most cereals I find have at least two full teaspoons of sugar per serving. And I probably always run over the serving suggestion, because I mean how’s a girl supposed to fill up on a half cup of cereal?! Even granola — a word believed synonymous with healthy and fit — is often times a complete sugar bomb.
K and I searched high and low to find a flavorful, low-sugar (read less than 1 tsp of sugar per serving) granola that also tasted great. And we finally found it! Most Bear Naked Granola flavors are amazing and they fit within our low-sugar standard. If you haven’t tried them before, I highly recommend it!
And so I give you my newest summer time breakfast friend — this 5-Minute Yogurt + Granola Parfait. Grab a spoon, and a cup of hot coffee, and join me won’t you?
- 8 ounces fat-free Greek yogurt
- ½ tsp chia seeds
- ¼ cup low-sugar granola (4 grams or less per serving)
- 1 cup raspberries
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- Stir the chia seeds into the Greek yogurt.
- Layer each item in a bowl or glass -- however you like. That's it!