Sunday, 17 May 2015

Breakfast Parfait

Parfait?  Ok well it's layered so I'm going with it.  This is a delicious and filling breakfast containing three different fruits, good fats from the walnuts, protein from the yogurt and fibre from the bran.  Oh and it's delicious, did I mention that?

Breakfast Parfait - Serves 1


150g, 5oz Greek yogurt, see note below
50g, 1.5oz Stawberries
50g, 1.5oz Red Grapes
50g, 1.5oz Raspberries
4 Walnut halves
2 tbsp Crunchy Bran (or similar, see note below)
1-2 tsp honey


Put a third of the yogurt in a bowl, top with the strawberries, two of the walnuts broken up and a third of the honey.

Continue with a third of the yogurt, the crunchy bran, lightly crushed with your fingers and a third of the honey.

Finish with the final third of the yogurt, the raspberries and the last two walnuts crushed and the final drizzle of honey.

Devour.  Stuff bacon sandwiches, this is how to start your Sunday!

*I used to use "Greek Style" yogurt but recently tried proper Greek yogurt again.  What a revelation!  Not only is it thicker and creamier but with a higher protein content, it feels like it's much more filling.  Having spent many holidays as a child in Greece, it was definitely the yogurt I remembered as a child.  I'm now ruined for cheaper products sadly.  I might have to start making my own!  

If you can't get proper Greek yogurt it might be worth using normal full fat yogurt and straining it through muslin for a while like a softer version of Labneh.

*I used "Crunchy Bran" which is a Weetabix product but All Bran or Bran Flake style products would probably also work.  Alternatively you could use granola but it would be a different and slightly less healthy meal.

Is full fat yogurt bad for you I hear you ask?

A good question.  For years full fat dairy has been seen as the food of an unhealthy diet but recently reported surveys indicated those who eat full fat yogurt daily are 19% less likely to be obese.   Now no-one really knows if this is because those who eat full fat yogurt are also likely to have healthier lifestyles or not.  Let's face it, it's not a Big Mac.  That said, low fat yogurt didn't have the same impact.  Now isn't that strange?

This has been against a backdrop of increasing evidence that dairy might help weight loss.  This paper is interesting because although it's described as "not a magic bullet" it's suggested it might help and also protects lean muscle mass.  Certainly this is a great breakfast for feeding your gut bacteria as well, the yogurt has live cultures in it and the fruit, nuts and fibre are full of stuff your good gut bacteria love.

Oh and it tastes delicious.  Did I mention that?

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  1. I wonder if this would also make a good healthy 'pudding' for during the week when the kids are insistent that they want something sweet? I often like a little something sweet after dinner too. This could be a very versatile recipe.

  2. So simple yet so delicious looking


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