This delicious parfait is packed with protein, since it's main ingredient is organic, plain, non-fat Greek yogurt. Munching on protein, like Greek yogurt, before you rock out in POUND class has been proven to increase the "after burn" of your workout, so you'll continue burning calories long after your drum solo is over. The benefits of this pre-POUND meal don't stop there! The Berry Delight parfait is sprinkled with just the right amount of whole grain granola which blends, nuts, seeds, and oats for energy and readily available, stable energy, which will come in handy to help you jump higher, strike harder and get louder all throughout class. To top it off, we balanced out this complete meal with berries- a perfect source of natural sugars. The last thing you want to do in POUND class is run out of energy, and with a few healthy sugars propelling you through your workout, you'll actually be able to exert more energy, push harder, and burn more calories overall.
- Kirsten Potenza and Cristina Peerenboom are fitness experts and the creators of POUND Rockout Results System
Low carb breakfast berry parfaits
I hate making breakfast. And it’s actually surprising, you know? Since I am completely obsessed with breakfast food but I just hate making it in the morning. I want to sit in front of my computer with a cup of coffee and scroll through Pinterest and Buzzfeed and I want someone else to make breakfast for me. But that’s not going to happen so after an hour of being useless, I get up and get on with it.
Those are the days I wish I had planned ahead and already soaked the oats or de-frosted the bacon or just had any plan in general before walking into the kitchen blindly. But I have vowed to be more efficient with breakfast because I am tired of eating toast with cheese (even though, let’s face it I still love toast with cheese).
I have been looking for ways to make breakfast the night before or even just starting a few steps of it ahead so that the actual cooking is less of a hassle for me and then I thought of these breakfast berry parfaits. And then I thought, no, I’m not going to use regular granola. I’ll be making my own, cheat’s-version low-carb granola. Yaasssss! This is genius, I thought to myself.
A a make-ahead breakfast jar that I can prepare the night before and just grab out of the fridge whenever I feel like having breakfast. Also, such a great idea for those days where you don’t have time for breakfast and you need something nutritious and delicious to eat on the run. Just grab your berry breakfast jar and go! Again, genius! I am so full of genius thought lately (and humble too).
So the idea here is that you need to pack as much flavour into a jar (or bowl, if you’re just making this to eat straight away) as you can. I used Greek yoghurt because of its rich, creamy flavour and paired it with fresh raspberries and a very simple blueberry sauce made from frozen blueberries and Xylitol (that wonderful low-carb sweetener).
For the granola, I mixed a handful of mixed nuts and seeds with a splash of honey (maple syrup would also be good and you could leave out the sweetener completely if you so wish) and a teaspoon of coconut oil before roasting the mix for 10 minutes. And that’s it. A little prep work but they can all be done before hand and kept until you are ready to knock together a jar or two.
You could also do this with any fruit you want. Make it tropical by using banana, passion fruit and mango or adapt it for cooler weather and layer the yoghurt and nut-granola with cinnamon apples/pears. So many options and you get a really easy, completely nutritious, well-balanced breakfast. Yes please!
Making the crust is so simple and easy and requires just a few minutes of bake time. In fact, you can find the delicious pecan pie crust recipe here.
- Melting the butter.
- Mixing the butter with the flour and pecans.
- Pressing the dough into a 13″x9″ baking dish.
- Then just bake and cool.
A delicious pairing, blueberry preserves, fresh blueberries and mascarpone cheese create a rich and tasty parfait. Made with store-bought pound cake, it comes together in minutes.
- 2 Packages Driscoll's Blueberries (6 ounce packages or 2 1/2 cups)
- 1/2 Cup sugar divided
- 1/2 Tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 Cup blueberry preserves
- 4 Slices pound cake, about half of a 10-11 ounce purchased loaf
- 1/2 Cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 Cup mascarpone cheese
- 1 Tsp. almond extract
- 1/4 Cup sliced almonds, toasted
Set aside 1/3 cup blueberries for garnish. Combine remaining blueberries, ¼ cup sugar and vanilla in a zip-top plastic bag. Press with hands to crush berries let stand 10 minutes.
Spread blueberry preserves on one side of cake slices. Cut cake into cubes and place in four parfait or other tall glasses. Whip cream to soft peaks with a wire whisk or electric mixer.
In another bowl, beat mascarpone, remaining 1/4 cup sugar and almond extract until light and fluffy. Gently fold whipped cream into mascarpone.
Spoon 2 tablespoons mascarpone mixture over cake cubes in each glass. Smooth surface of cream. Top each with 2 tablespoons crushed blueberries. Repeat layers.
Garnish with sliced almonds and reserved blueberries. Can be made up to 1 hour ahead and refrigerated.
Blueberry Yum Yum
Like the lemon lush, this layered dessert is known by many names. I have seen it referred to as blueberry delight, blueberry yum yum, blueberry lush, and blueberry lasagna.
With so many names, you just know that it has to be epic!
The no-bake blueberry dessert consists of 4 layers of deliciousness.
It starts with a graham cracker crust. Followed by a layer of creamy no-bake cheesecake. Next, a layer of blueberry pie filling. Finally, a layer of Cool Whip whipped topping.
Served nice and cool from the fridge, blueberry yum yum is a light, cool, and creamy treat perfect for hot summer days.
Whether you are looking for a dessert for a BBQ, potluck, party, or just for the family to enjoy following Sunday dinner, this blueberry delight is sure to be a hit!
Begin by making the lemon cream. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar and lemon juice.
Next, set up your double boiler. You need it for this recipe so that the eggs don’t curdle. If you don’t have a double boiler you can make your own simply place a heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Just make sure the hot water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl.
Melt the butter, then add the lemon mixture and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat a metal spoon.
Stir in the lemon zest and chill in refrigerator.
In the meantime, whip the cream to firm peaks. You’ll know it’s ready when you lift the whisk out of the bowl and the peaks stand up and hold their shape without drooping over. Keep a close eye on it if the cream gets grainy, you’ve gone too far and should start over.
Gently fold the chilled lemon mixture into the whipped cream, retaining as much volume as possible. To do this, use a rubber spatula to cut down into the center of the cream and sweep up the side of the bowl, scooping up cream from the bottom and bringing it to the top. This motion gently turns the mixtures over on top of each other, combining them in the process.
Finally, assemble the parfaits. Spoon a handful of berries into each parfait glass and top with a generous dollop of lemon cream. Spoon in more berries and another layer of cream. Chill until ready to serve. (The parfaits can be assembled up to this point several hours ahead of time.) Right before serving, top each parfait with a cookie and sprig of fresh mint.
Keep in mind that this dessert is only as good as the berries you make it with. I like to use a combination of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries but only if they’re all sweet and juicy. Enjoy!
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Whether you're searching for a simple breakfast or an indulgent dessert, we have the perfect parfait for you to try.
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Alternating layers of chewy chocolate cookie crumbles, whipped topping and rich chocolate pudding make these parfaits a decadent-tasting delicacy that's a cinch to prepare.
Create your own flavor of ice cream by folding blueberry purée into a basic store-bought vanilla. Once it sets, layer with a seedless raspberry purée, whole berries and whipped cream for a parfait with decidedly gourmet flair.
Combine the cream cheese, liqueur, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or hand-held electric mixer.
Beat on medium-high speed until creamy and lump-free, about 2 minutes.
Start beating on low speed (so it doesn’t splash), then increase the speed to high and beat until the mixture is thickened to a pudding-like consistency, about 2 minutes.
Distribute half of the raspberries among the bottom of the glasses or dessert cups, then distribute two-thirds of the cream mixture so that it covers the berries in each portion.
Distribute the remaining berries evenly among the glasses or dessert cups, gently placing them on the layer of cream. Spoon equal amounts of the remaining cream on top of each portion.
Refrigerate for at least one hour or up to 4 hours. Garnish each serving with a mint sprig and serve.
Perfect Parfaits: 18 Recipes from Breakfast to Dessert
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"I love a hot fudge sundae, but this is more refreshing," says Jimmy Bradley about this light, citrusy mousse layered with orange granita and chopped almonds.
These killer parfaits are the perfect contrast of cold, crunchy, and creamy. They're fabulous for entertaining, because you can make the caramel cream, granita, and caramel ahead of time and assemble them just before serving. The crunch can also be served over vanilla ice cream.
Make Ahead Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits (Video)
Yeah, I know I didn’t make the concept up, but if you think about it, serving your kids yogurt parfaits for breakfast, well.. that’s the kind of things that moms who rise early, meditate, run 12 miles, blend smoothies and maybe do a little yoga ALL before depositing their perfectly groomed children at school while wearing full make-up and a smile do.
I want to be a mom like that.
That said, I’m 8 years into this whole motherhood thing, and I gave up hope on leisure filled mornings where I serve a hot breakfast around the family breakfast table about that many years ago. Mornings are rushed, energy-depleting and sitting down for breakfast, well.. never going to happen.
This recipe (and all the other recipes on Simply Sissom for that matter) are for those of us who care deeply about our children, REALLY want to provide healthy breakfast options, buuuut sometimes fall a little short in the time and perfection department.
Don’t worry ladies.. I’ve got ya.
What are yogurt parfaits?
It sounds fancy, but in reality it’s just layers of yogurt and fresh or frozen fruit that has been topped with a scoop of granola.
How do you make yogurt parfaits?
First: Add a scoop of yogurt.
Next: Toss some fresh or frozen fruit of your choice on top of the yogurt. I like to use an assortment of berries.
Finally: Top it all with a some crunchy granola.
Make Ahead Fruit and Yogurt Parfait VIDEO:
FAQ’s About Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits:
Are yogurt parfaits healthy?
The fast answer… it depends. They can contain a lot of sugar, unnecessary additives and sugars. I recommend making your own yogurt parfaits at home so that you can control the quality of the yogurt and granola.
What type of yogurt is best for making yogurt parfaits?
You can use regular yogurt, Greek yogurt, dairy-free yogurt, whatever you like will work fine. I personally like to use regular because I like the texture, but if you want to up your protein or like a thicker consistency, Greek yogurt may be a better option for you.
I purchase my yogurt plain. This allows me to control the amount, type and quality of sweetner. I use (1) 32 oz. container of whole milk plain yogurt and then stir in about 3 Tbs. of honey to add some sweetness. You could also add a little vanilla-extract to up the flavor profile.
If you want to serve your yogurt parfait as dessert, you can use frozen yogurt. It’s delicoius!
What is the best granola to use for yogurt parfaits?
The “best” option is almost always homemade. This Crunchy Chunky Granola is my go-to recipe for topping yogurt parfaits. It throws together in about 10 minutes and then makes your house smell delicious while it bakes.
Understandably, homemade is not always feasible. There are some really good store-bought granola options on the market. They are made with quality ingredients and sweetened with unrefined sugar. You will just need to check the labels. Purely Elizabeth and Naked are two of my favorite brands. Quality granola is expensive, for this reason, I usually make my own.
Will the granola in yogurt parfaits get soggy?
Yes. If the granola is placed onto the parfait any time other than right before you are about to eat, it will get soggy. My boys actually prefer it this way. If you want to avoid soggy granola, place a small piece of plastic wrap on top of the assembled parfait and then add the granola. When you are ready to eat, just remove the plastic and mix in the granola. Alternatively, you could just wait to add the granola until you are ready to eat.
Should I use fresh or frozen berries for yogurt parfaits?
Fresh berries, make pretty parfaits while frozen berries create a syrup as they thaw that doesn’t make the layers look their best. However, they syrup adds a natural sweetness and turns the plain yogurt into flavored yogurt.
If you are serving the parfaits to company and pretty is important, go fresh. For taste, I recommend frozen.
Can yogurt parfaits be made ahead?
Yes. I almost always use yogurt parfaits as an easy breakfast option. I make a batch on Sunday afternoon and serve them over the next couple of days. They keep well when refrigerated for 2-3 days.