Use what you have on hand to make a layered Fruity Parfait that packs a healthful punch.
With our hectic schedules, it’s not easy to know when your family has consumed the recommended five fruits and vegetables a day (minimum two fruits and three veggies). A clean piece of fruit rates as one of the freshest and easiest snacks on the run but can get monotonous. To mix up the options, present a colorful, quick-to-the-table Fruity Parfait for breakfast or a hearty snack.
Start your Fruity Parfait by slicing up fruits you have on hand and layer between flavored yogurt, assorted cereals and even nuts. We used red grapes, apples and bananas with Cheerios, Rice Krispies and peach and raspberry yogurt layers. Use a malt glass for fun but any clear glass will show off the contents. Not just for eye-appeal, the protein in the yogurt and nuts provide a balance to the carbohydrates for longer-lasting energy. Top the parfait with a bit of crunchy granola and a grape to look like a sundae and you may just have a new family favorite.
Makes 4 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Note: Keep in mind single serving sizes (½ banana, 1 medium apple, 10 grapes, etc.). Use any combination of 3-4 fruits such as:
1 large banana, sliced
1 large apple or 2 small apples, chopped
20 red grapes, halved plus 4 whole grapes
16 ounces low- or non-fat yogurt, any combination of flavors
Assorted cereals and nuts for layering
1. For each parfait, alternately layer ¼ portion of each fruit, 4 ounces of yogurt, cereals and nuts as desired.
2. Top with a sprinkling of granola or your favorite cereal and a whole grape.
3. Serve immediately. The parfaits can be refrigerated up to 1 day, covered in plastic, but add the topping right before serving to keep it crunchy.
Written and photographed by Hillary Black