If you hadn’t noticed from some of my other recipe choices I post about, my favorite meal of the day is breakfast. Confession: I may have beaten out every person (including four grown men) at eating the most pancakes on our trip to Washington D.C. earlier this year because I am passionate about eating breakfast (and because I can eat a lot). This probably stems from my college days of trying to avoid acquiring that early ‘freshman 15’ that everyone talks about like it’s not a choice. I was also passionate in college about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and eating habits. When I learned in various nutrition classes that eating breakfast was the best way to jumpstart your metabolism for the day and even maintain a healthy weight, I was sold. I totally took advantage of the bakery and cereal section at our cafeteria in college too, which I’m not sure helped much with the ‘maintaining a healthy weight.’ But I did learn what worked for my body and when I could splurge. Breakfast happens to be my favorite time to make that happen since there are so many delicious options!
Yogurt parfaits have always been an easy ‘go-to’ breakfast for me. They are quick and easy to make and definitely one of the healthier options if you are comparing to sugar-filled cereals or cinnamon rolls. Also yogurt contains live cultures that replace healthy bacteria in your stomach which help with digestion. Another perk of college was learning that yogurt is good to have at least once a week or after having a little of after an upset stomach because it helps your stomach recover. I love having a little yogurt in the mornings with fruit and granola to get a variety of fiber and kick that I need to get my day going!
Non-Fat Vanilla Yogurt (I use Stonyfield because it doesn’t contain corn syrup which we have pretty much eradicated from our diet. But another healthy option would be a plain greek yogurt, and you could add a bit of your own local honey.)
Granola (also aim to purchase locally made/without corn syrup and preservatives or try our Homemade Granola Recipe)
Layer your ingredients in a jar like the pictured images. I usually add granola last because as soon as it is added, it begins to become soggy. If you prefer more crispy granola, then leave this out until you are ready to eat. Seal up your jar, take on the go, and enjoy!
Photography by Marilyn Nimz