Mason Jar Parfait

Anyone with a Pintrest account, or really an internet connection of any sort, probably knows that there are approximately 6,573,823 different ways to use mason jars in every day life. Soap dispensers, light fixtures, photo displays, heck I’ve seen it all. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a few of these guys, as ever since I was a little girl and spent my afternoons with a big bin of feathers, construction paper, and glitter (sorry mom) I have loved a good craft. So, I decided to combine my two favorite things in this week’s post: creativity and breakfast. Let’s be real, the better food looks the better it tastes, and nothing beats layers of creamy Greek yogurt, tart blackberries, and crunchy granola arranged in a classic mason jar. This recipe is a super convenient grab-and-go breakfast that looks like it took a lot more work than it really did. Rinse out your favorite mason jar and lets get started!

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!” Yeah, yeah, we’ve all heard it before. But what actually makes this meal so special that mothers and middle school health teachers alike feel the need to recite this mantra to children across the globe? Well, it first and foremost provides your body with vital energy and nutrients needed to start the day at your fullest potential. Making healthy choices at the start of your day will prevent the dreaded mid-morning hunger slump and will stop those cravings for sugary carbs in the tracks. Skipping breakfast in an attempt to lose weight is probably the worst thing you can do. Rather than burning extra calories, your body goes into survival mode and begins storing calories as fat because it doesn’t know when it will next be fed. Countless studies have proven that breakfast-eaters score higher on tests, control their weight more easily, and have a more efficient metabolism. Basically, breakfast is a must, no matter how busy you are. To start this recipe, you’ll need your favorite brand of Greek yogurt. I happen to be a Chobani girl, but go with whatever you like! Greek yogurt is the perfect post-workout food, its high protein content provides essential amino acids which help build and replenish the muscles you just worked, and high levels of calcium limit fat production by regulating the body’s cortisol level. Additionally, Greek yogurt is loaded with beneficial microorganisms that clean out your intestines and keep the digestive system running smoothly. Those Greeks know what’s up! Add about half the container yogurt to the bottom of the mason jar (3 oz). IMG_4299-1

Granola time! I use Kind granola in my parfaits, I love the use of all natural ingredients to fuel my morning. Granola doesn’t just taste super delicious, it’s also chock full of benefits for your body. The nuts in granola are made up of vital “good” fats and omega-3 fatty acids which promote heart health. The heart is kind of important, so eat up! It also increases blood flow to areas such as hair and nail follicles making your locks shiny and luscious, all the while reducing blood pressure. Just take caution to read the nutrition label of your granola first: the sugar content should not exceed 10g per serving so you know that you’re getting only the good stuff. Sprinkle about 1/4 of a cup of granola on your yogurt.

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And finally, the fruit! You can really switch this aspect up depending on what is in season, but I had fresh blackberries calling my name from the fridge that I just couldn’t deny. I also cut up half of a banana to mix in for extra flavor. Berries contain natural sugars which make them so tasty, but this sugar content is balanced out with fiber so it is easy for your body to break down and use as energy rather than store it as fat. Also, studies have found that people who regularly include fresh berries in their diets are much less likely to develop Parkinson’s Disease or Alzheimers as they age than the rest of their generation. Bananas also have a lot to offer, they are the most consumed fruit in America for a reason. These yellow fruits reduce the risk of cancer, promote heart health, and contain tryptophan, an amino acid that is known to preserve memory and improve mood. Add about 1/4 cup of berries to your creation. Layer one is complete!

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Now, just repeat the previous steps to create two flavorful layers of healthy goodness. Take your mason jar to work, school, or even just to your backyard to soak up some sun!

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Ingredients:

  • 6oz Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 1/2 cup of berries
  • Mason jar

Directions:

1. Add 3oz of yogurt to mason jar (about half of yogurt cup)

2. Sprinkle on 1/4 cup of granola

3. Add 1/4 cup of berries of your choice

4. Repeat steps 1-3 for a layered yogurt parfait you can take anywhere!


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