It's springtime, which means that fruits are finally starting to come into season. Of course, fruit is delicious on its own, but for a bit of culinary decadence, try making a homemade yogurt parfait.
Buying in-season fruits is always a great idea. For one thing, they're less expensive compared to the off-season prices. Plus, they taste better and have more of all the good stuff in them (i.e., vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fiber). A yogurt parfait is a healthy snack or dessert that gives you the flavor and nutrition of fresh fruit plus the option of adding in healthy fat and protein, as well.
10 Things To Add To Your Yogurt ParfaitThe general rule of thumb when it comes to making your own yogurt parfait is to choose flavors you love. It's always wonderful to branch out and try new foods, but it's never a bad idea to add ingredients you know you'll enjoy.
Are you looking for some colorful inspiration? Try layering in combinations of these ten in-season fruits (and a few other mix-ins) to make for a delicious yogurt parfait – perfect for a post-workout meal or mid-morning snack:
- Granny Smith apples
- Sliced strawberries
- Pineapple chunks
- Banana slices
- Mango slices
- Honeydew melon
- Sliced cherries
- Blueberries (not in season until summer, but delicious nonetheless!)
- Chia seeds and Flaxseeds (good all year round and excellent non-fruit sources of healthy fat and protein)
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Building Your ParfaitTo construct your parfait, first put a dollop of your preferred yogurt in the bottom of a clear glass or mason jar. Next, add a layer of crunchy granola. Look for a brand that doesn't contain added sugars (if you want to avoid the excess carbs, you can consider adding a handful of slivered almonds, pecans, or walnuts). Lastly, add your layers of fruit. The more color you add, the more gorgeous your snack will look! Plus, aiming to "eat the rainbow" is a good way to ensure that you'll get a wide variety of nutrients from the different fruits.
Making homemade parfaits is an awesome activity to do with your kids. Most recipes recommend using fat-free or low-fat yogurt or Greek yogurts, as they tend to be lower in calories. Choosing full-fat dairy may not be such a bad option either, however, as these tend to keep you feeling fuller longer plus tend to have a lower impact on your blood sugar levels.
Go ahead, make a date of it! Pack some yogurt parfaits, head out for a picnic, and enjoy the gorgeous weather. Let us know your favorite parfait concoctions by sharing in the comments below!