Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fresh Blueberry and Granola Parfait

Fresh Blueberry and Granola Parfait by @JavelinWarrior



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Fear Conquered: Parfaits for Dinner

“What’s the special occasion?” Boyfriend Javelin asks, eying the parfait as if it’s a snake.

It might be the wine glass I’m serving it in. Or it might be that it’s the main course for dinner, not breakfast. Or it might be the resemblance of a decadent, sugary dessert. I hand him a spoon and smile. “Nothing special,” I say. “I just needed some photos.”

Photos I won’t be using. Because the wine glass bit doesn’t work. And the smudges down the sides look far too messy. But Boyfriend Javelin looks somewhat pacified, spoon in hand, poised to dig in. He stops and frowns. “Are we having anything else?” he asks.

Fresh Blueberry and Granola Parfait by @JavelinWarrior

“I made a salad,” I say, my stomach turning a bit at the thought. Greens with vinaigrette combined with a parfait just sounds wrong. Gross, even. I dig my spoon into my own wine glass in hopes of chasing away the thoughts. “The parfait is pretty hearty,” I explain.

Boyfriend Javelin shrugs and dips his spoon for a bite. He’s silent for the next few minutes, then slides the empty glass and spoon over to me. “Where’s the next one?” he teases.

I smile and point to the fridge. “The salad’s in there,” I say.

Parfaits for dinner may sound a bit skimpy. Or strange. Or even both. But these parfaits are loaded with protein from the oats, almonds and Greek yogurt - and a hefty helping of slow-release fiber to keep you feeling full. And the blueberries don’t just taste good, they’re loaded with healthful antioxidants. This is one powerful parfait.

Fresh Blueberry and Granola Parfait by @JavelinWarrior

If parfaits for dinner don't rock your world, try these for breakfast. Low in sugar, low in fat, high in fiber and packed with protein, this is a marvelous way to start the day. Plus, despite the appearance of fancy decadence, these parfaits take less than five minutes to assemble. Make it in a seal-able cup and you’ve got breakfast on the go. Pretty sweet, right?



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Photo Tutorial

Fresh Blueberries
5 ounces fresh blueberries, rinsed.

Low Fat Pineapple Greek Yogurt
5 ounces low or non-fat Greek yogurt (I prefer pineapple).

Layer of Granola in Glass
Layer homemade granola on the bottom of the parfait glass.

Layer of Greek Yogurt and Blueberries
Add a layer of yogurt over the granola, then a layer of blueberries.

Fresh Blueberry and Yogurt Parfait by @JavelinWarrior
Repeat the layers, ending with granola and a garnish of blueberries. Enjoy.



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Fresh Blueberry and Granola Parfait

    by Javelin Warrior
     Prep Time: 5 min

Ingredients (individual serving)
Instructions
  1. In a tall parfait glass or container of your choosing, alternately layer granola, yogurt and blueberries, starting and ending with granola. Garnish with a few blueberries if desired and serve immediately.
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Hungry for Tips?
  • On-the-go: For a quick breakfast on the go, layer the ingredients in a seal-able container. Tuck a spoon in and you can enjoy a complete breakfast anywhere. If you’ve particularly frugal, save a seal-able ice cream or frappe cup and lid for just such occasions.
     
  • Low-fat vs. Non-fat: I personally love Chobani’s Greek yogurt with pineapple (a low-fat yogurt) - the pineapple flavor pairs so nicely with the granola and blueberries. But you could certainly choose a non-fat flavor and make this breakfast even more figure-friendly.

    Low Fat Pineapple Greek Yogurt
     
  • Berries: Pick any berry you love. Blueberries are my favorite for parfaits, but strawberries, raspberries or blackberries would also be delicious. And if you’re not feeling berries, try fresh pineapple pieces, kiwi, pomegranate or mango.

    Layer of Greek Yogurt and Blueberries



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