Breakfast in the summer months shouldn’t involve much cooking because there are so many ways to prepare a delightful meal in minutes, using seasonal ingredients. Yogurt and berries are something I have to eat on most days, especially during this season, when raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are so plump and juicy. Fresh berries bring endless opportunities to enjoy smoothies, overnight oats and parfaits because they brighten up any recipe, and make them a bit more special in their peak season. I know frozen berries are a great substitute in the winter months, but why not go fully fresh while you can.
Yogurt is a product that has exploded over the last ten years with full fat, low-fat, non-fat, Greek, Icelandic and so many more varieties. Just choose a yogurt that the consistency pleases your palate and for me, it’s usually a low-fat Greek plain yogurt that offers just enough creaminess without it feeling to heavy in my mouth. What I love about yogurt is that it’s packed with protein and for someone that doesn’t really enjoy eggs for breakfast, this is a great healthy substitute.
Swirling raspberry preserves into yogurt is child’s play in the morning and depending upon how many cups of coffee you’ve already consumed, you can get as creative as you like. If by chance you’ve prepared your own jarred preserves this season, I’d definitely go that route, but for those of us that haven’t gotten around to it quite yet, there are numerous good choices out there that you can grab at your local farmer’s market, or grocery store. The icing on the breakfast cake, or parfait in this instance, is a sprinkling of granola, which gives it texture, nutty taste and awesome crunch.
1 1/2 cups Greek style plain yogurt, any variety
2 heaping tablespoons raspberry preserves, or more if you have a sweet tooth
1/4 cup granola, any variety
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
(Makes 2 Parfaits)
- In a small bowl, add yogurt and preserves on top. Using a spoon, swirl preserves into yogurt, do not over mix.
- Spoon yogurt mixture into bowls and top with granola.
- Top with berries and serve cold. You can make 2 hours ahead and refrigerate, if desired. Enjoy!