Healthy Yogurt Parfait
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When it comes to weight loss recipes, different people need different things. And when it comes to nutritious breakfasts, well, each to their own. We’re going for the yogurt parfait. Or yoghurt parfait, if you prefer.
Some people like my brother can eat the same thing day in, day out.
He’s currently settled on oats and banana with various types of milk.
Nutritious certainly, and easy. He always knows what he’s going to have, it’s super quick and he never runs out of ingredients.
He’s now up to day five hundred – and counting. It doesn’t look like anything is going to change any time soon.
Some people, like Kat (from this very website) need change, and they need it constantly.
The very idea of the same breakfast more than twice a week is off-putting, and if she doesn’t have something different to eat she’s more likely to skip breakfast altogether.
Not necessarily the best idea for a busy college student who wants a brain firing at peak capacity.
I fall somewhere in the middle.
I like having the same breakfast for a few days at a time, and I love the ease of reheating leftovers from yesterday’s dinner for a quick lunch.
In fact, I often make extra to do exactly that. This aubergine curry recipe here is a great dinner/lunch example. Always be sure to reheat rice well, remember! It’s important to make sure it’s piping hot.
Same old, same old?
That being said, if I eat the same thing too often, I end up putting myself off it for a long, long time (I’m looking at you porridge with protein powder, winter 2017). I still haven’t eaten it again.
That’s where recipes like this yogurt parfait come in.
Not only is a great base for a tasty and nutritious breakfast, it’s so adaptable you may never need to eat the same thing twice in a row.
The recipe as it stands is a delicious flavour combo that hits our favourite nutritional needs. For a small, low-calorie meal it’s high in protein, and is an easy way to get some fiber into our system, thanks to the oats.
On top of that you have vitamins like A, C and K from the plums. But plums are out of season and you can’t find any? Use peaches! No apricots? Use figs!
The fruits and toppings are interchangeable, and you can add extras like chia or flax seeds. Chia seeds are high in calcium and flax is full of healthy fats – in fact both are really high in omega 3s!
Whatever you need, swap the ingredients in and out for a healthy, balanced diet. This yogurt parfait recipe is a great base recipe to start any morning.
- Chop up half of your plum(s). Throw these in together with the dried apricots in a food processor and blend until smooth (if no food processor at hand just cut into small pieces).2 plums, 3 dried apricots
- Cut the other plum(s) into small cubes.
- If you aren't using pre-chopped almonds, chop up the almonds!2 tbsp almonds
- Mix the yogurt with the plum jam (from the food processor). Add the cinnamon and honey/agave syrup.1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp honey
- Lastly, in a small bowl layer yogurt, milk, oats, plum cubes and chopped almonds to your liking.1 cup low fat Greek Yogurt, ¼ cup milk of choice, ½ cup rolled oats
- Enjoy now or whenever you like! Keep it in the fridge.
- Please note: the nutritional information is calulated with honey and low-fat Greek yogurt.
- Make-ahead? Yes, prep the night before, it’ll be even more flavorful that way.