With a family of 6, making healthy/well balanced meals that satisfy
every palate remains the ongoing challenge. Factor in a variety of taste,
moods, ages and stages to the mix — and the stakes can seem near im-
possible to beat. As part of my personal strategy, I’ve come up with a
litany of schemes…uhmmm, I mean, ‘healthy shortcuts,’ for getting my
brood to eat well balanced meals whenever possible. One of them being
a healthy parfait… A crowd pleaser and favorite breakfast treat around
our home. Not only does it boast the freshest fruits of the season and
can be assembled the night before, but the combo of greek yogurt,
healthy oats and honey is full of healthy antitoxins and is rich in protein
is easy to make and is super good for you.
Here’s what you need
Makes six 1-cup parfaits
• 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
• 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
• 5 tablespoons honey, divided
• Pinch sea salt
• 1 cup strawberries, sliced
• 1 cup raspberries
• 1 cup blackberries
• 1 pound Greek yogurt
• Whole berries
• 4 (1-cup) parfait glasses or Mason jars
Toast the oats in a medium sized skillet over medium heat. Melt butter
and toss oats in the pan. Shaking the pan often for about 7-10 minutes
or until golden brown in color. Toss with 2 tablespoons of honey or
brown sugar and a pinch of salt… the aroma throughout the house will
be heavenly and get everyone excited about what’s to come.
Hull and slice strawberries. Mash a quarter of the slices with a fork
and toss with a table spoon of honey. Add the remaining slices without
mashing for texture. fold them into the mix and set aside. In separate
bowls, do the same with the blackberries and raspberries and set aside.
To assemble the parfaits, add 3 tablespoons of yogurt to each glass.
Divide the blackberry mixture between glasses followed by 2 table
spoons of yogurt. Divide raspberries layer between glasses and again
top with 2 table spoons of yogurt and do the same with the strawberries
and so on alternating fruits until near the top of the glass. To finish, sim-
ply add a dollop of yogurt to the top, sprinkle some toasted oats and add
a strawberry slice or cherry if you prefer for a delicious treat.
What you should know…
Parfaits will keep well covered in the fridge for 2 – 3 days. For best tex-
ture, keep oats in a separate container and add before serving. Not only
relegated as a breakfast treat, the berry Parfait is an excellent grab-and-
go snack for families on the go, besides being perfect for brunches and
summer parties. Enjoy!