Breakfast Made Simple

A while ago, I posted a recipe for an easy breakfast bar for all of you “too busy to eat breakfast” people.  (Click here for that post) Now that I’ve finished clinicals for my RD internship, I’ve gone back to my stand-by breakfast: a fruit ‘n yogurt parfait!

This isn’t a post with a ground-breaking new recipe to try.  But if you’re looking for another quick and easy breakfast, this is a great option.   Why? It’s packed with great vitamins and nutrients to get your day started.  Calcium and protein in the yogurt, vitamin C and fiber in the strawberries (among other nutrients), and additional fiber and nutrients from the cereal.

I admit, my parfaits rarely look like this.  Usually it’s just all of the ingredients thrown into a bowl and mixed together.  But how pretty is this?!

In this version, I used by stand-by trio of ingredients: 8oz light vanilla yogurt, 1/2 cup chopped strawberries, and 1/2 cup cereal (this time it was Mom’s Best Naturals Honey Nut O’s).  Yes, many people use granola in recipes, but I find it’s a lot of calories for a small serving….and I tend to like bigger servings for fewer calories.

I also use Greek yogurt often, which is a great choice if you’d like a little more protein in your breakfast.

What are some other combos to try?

  • Tropical:  Light coconut yogurt, crushed shredded wheat, pineapple, and a sprinkle of coconut
  • Banana: Vanilla yogurt, 1 small banana (~4-5″ long), cereal of your choice
  • Chocolate strawberry:  Strawberry yogurt, 1-2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips, 1/2 cup chopped strawberries, 1/4-1/2 cup Special K chocolate lovers
  • PB&J:  Strawberry yogurt (or mixed berry), sliced strawberries, Peanut butter multi-grain Cheerios

Really, there are a TON of possibilities.  What sounds good to you?  Feel free to share your ideas!


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