Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Yogurt Parfait - Healthy Breakfast Idea for Rush Mornings

Labour Day weekend just flew by. Summer vacations are nearly over for most of us. Kids are going back to school and we’re all dreading the early morning traffic jams, unless you work later shifts, like I used to a few months ago. Aaah, those were the days when I would just sleep in and wake up in full daylight and miss the morning and afternoon rush hour peaks. Now that I’m back to a regular 9 to 5 work schedule, I know that I’m going to have a hard time getting up early mornings in pitch darkness, thinking we’re still in the wee hours of night, now that days are getting shorter and temperatures are going to soon drop to a level where you just want to snuggle in your warm bed.

While this thought is going on in my head, I need to remind myself that “toute bonne chose a une fin”, all good things come to an end. We’re not there yet. I’m here, now, still enjoying the beautiful weather and savouring the succulent berries summer has left to offer. With the late blooming summer this year, Quebec strawberries and blueberries are still around and they’re perfect for a healthy breakfast that can be whipped up in minutes.

This yogurt parfait is made up of healthy combinations of fruits, nuts and most importantly, honey and cinnamon. The latter two ingredients are sworn by many to be beneficial to one’s health when eaten together. I discovered this while reading Aapplemint’s beautiful and inspiring blog.

Preparation: less than 5 minutes

Recipe “au pif”:Fresh local berries and fruits (anything you like and you can find; strawberries, blueberries, pomegranate, kiwis, bananas)
A handful of chopped nuts (almonds, pistachios, brazilian…)
A handful of cereal of your choice (bran, oats, rice krispies…)
A container (750g) of nice creamy mediterranean plain yogurt (or 2% yogurt will also do)
3 tbsp honey (or 2 tbsp raw can sugar), or to taste
2 tsp of cinnamon powder

The day before, you can prepare the nut-mix by chopping them, and the fruits (wash and cut them, if needed).
Also in advance, you can mix the cinnamon and honey with the yogurt. Mix well until well blended and desired sweetness is attained. Transfer the sweetened yogurt back into its container and chill until ready to serve with the toppings.

Fill small cups or bowls with dollops of the chilled yogurt. Top with berries, nuts and cereal. Add more honey or cinnamon if desired.

Serve and enjoy.

It’s a gratifying morning treat which can also be served as a refreshing dessert .


Véronique Meunier - Triathlon said...

Inspirant ce p'tit déj!!!
Avec toutes les belles couleurs: c'est sûr que ça va te réveiller.
En plus, j'aime tellement les petits fruits!
Je pourrais appeler ta recette le 'déjeuner de la championne' en y ajoutant un bagel pour avoir assez d'énergie lors d'une course de longue haleine! Mium: je l'adopte c'est trop beau pour les yeux.

Cynthia said...

I think I'd opt for it for a dessert as I can't seem to get my mind around breakfast.