Lately, I have become addicted to yogurt. Whether it's my simple, good-for-your-gut lactose-free yogurt, high fat, locally made Greek yogurt, or luscious organic kefir from the corner store, I can't seem to get enough of that tangy white goop. I have it for brunch topped with Unsweetened Bliss granola, for an afternoon snack with chia seeds, raspberries and honey, or in salad dressing on top of crispy kale and pepitas. But my favourite way to eat yogurt has become this kiwi, lime and blackberry yogurt parfait. And now, I think it's high time that it became yours as well.
Yogurt parfaits are genius because they provide such an easy way to get all of your nutrients on the go. With a little bit of whole grain granola, fruit and no added sweeteners, yogurt parfaits provide with calcium, vitamin C, complex carbohydrates from whole grains, protein, good fat and a whole lot of extras - depending on what fruit you pair it up with.
In this kiwi, lime and blackberry yogurt parfait with granola and pistachios, you get the whole kaboodle, and it tastes ah-ma-zing. Like, 'better than your grandmother's cake' amazing. Let's break it down for you:
- kiwis have iron and oodles of Vitamin C
- blackberries are rich in bioflavonoids, even more Vitamin C, and the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits
- lime is high in, you've guessed it, Vitamin C, and are good for your skin
- pistachios are storehouses of protein, good fats, and minerals, mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid and antioxidants, and, even more importantly for vegetarians, several forms of Vitamin B.
- And finally, the granola - I like to use NaturSource's Vanilla Granola in this kiwi, lime and blackberry yogurt parfait. An artisanal blend, this granola tastes faintly of the sweetest, most fragrant vanilla beans imaginable, accentuated with just a touch of honey. Each serving has 33g of whole grain from Canadian oats, brown rice flour and barley malt flour, and it's honestly one of the nicest granolas that I've ever tried. It's mellow, fragrant, and just a little bit sweet, and it pairs beautifully with the tang of the kiwi and lime, the butteriness of the pistachios, and the richness of the blackberries.
Not bad for something that looks suspiciously like dessert, no??
For a dish that takes less than 10 minutes to throw together (five, if we're being honest), it makes for a portable meal that will make you smile because it's so pretty. And we all know that's what REALLY matters in yogurt parfait in the end.
So treat yourself to this kiwi, lime and blackberry yogurt parfait with granola and pistachios. Whether it's your lunch, breakfast, or just mid-afternoon snack, you should feel no guilt when eating this gorgeous dish.
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Kiwi, lime and blackberry yogurt parfait with granola and pistachios
- ½ cup blackberries
- 1 kiwi peeled and chopped (you can also keep the peel on if the kiwi is organic and washed very well - that's where a lot of the nutrients are)
- the juice and zest of one quarter of a lime
- 2 TBs yogurt per layer
- 1 TB vanilla granola per layer
- 2 TBs pistachios chopped finely
- Gently mix ½ cup blackberries, 1 kiwi and the juice and lime zest in a small bowl. If you've got the time, you can let berries macerate for 10 minutes, but this is not obligatory. Layer yogurt, berry and kiwi mixture with granola and pistachios in alternating layers until you've filled your container ¾ of the way. Top the rest with the remaining berry kiwi mixture, and sprinkle some granola and pistachios on top.