In my house, I do not get to sit and savor a healthy breakfast every morning. In fact, I cannot remember the last time I did. In the morning I fall out of bed, throw on some clothes, and run to work. A healthy breakfast that can be easily taken to work is sometimes a challenge. So now one of my favorite things to make on Sunday afternoons is a batch of breakfast parfaits in jars. I use mason jars and canning jars, and fill them with layered fruit and greek yogurt. Then during the week, I can just grab a jar from the fridge, and a small container of nuts or granola. Presto! A pre-made, convenient, yet very healthy breakfast.
This is an especially ideal option when summer fruits and berries are tumbling off of tree and vine. But during the autumn and winter months, dried or frozen fruits and berries work perfectly as well. Plus, these are a great opportunity to try out whatever goodies are in season as the months roll by. My local farmer’s market is usually packed with an incredible array of fruits to try, so I can have a different parfait for every day of the week.
I make up a batch of homemade granola on the weekend, which will last all week. This is a great crunchy topping that has grains, nuts, and seeds to add to the nutritional value of the greek yogurt and fruits. In all, you have a complete meal that will keep you full for hours.
My 10 Favorite Combinations:
• Strawberries and pistachios
• Blueberries and walnuts
• Meyer lemon curd or lemon preserves with almonds
• Blackberries and raspberries with homemade granola
• Peaches and honey with homemade granola
• Apricots, cherries, and cashews
• Dates and pecans
• Strawberries with homemade granola
• Blueberries and raspberries with homemade granola
• Cherries and homemade granola