If you were to judge my eating habits based solely on the items I have thus far provided you on my blog, you would probably think I only eat noodles and pastries. Maybe they are healthified versions of their notorious traditional counterparts, but even so, my average blog post may well peg me as an extravagant eater.
I do love to bake, and making pasta a less sinful treat is a favorite exploit of mine, but if that was all – or even a good part – of what I ate on a regular basis, I probably wouldn’t even have the energy to think up new recipes in the first place, weighed down by all the carby overload.
After all, one cannot live on carbs alone.
Having the right balance of nutrients is what keeps me going through the multiple group fitness classes I teach daily, and keep up with personal training sessions I give in the early mornings.
Okay, let’s just be honest. I’m really excited about this recipe. This one isn’t super fancy, not dinner-party worthy or overly decadent, but it is my absolutely favorite kind of lunch. (Or sometimes breakfast or dinner!) I like how simply yummy this little parfait is, as much as I like its impressive nutritional resume.
Yogurt with juicy and tangy fruit together is so perfect after or an hour or two before a workout. I always crave the sweet and juicy watermelon when I am both thirsty and hungry after a cycling class, and the extra protein always quiets my growling stomach, which loudly reports what my muscles want. I have to say though, the kiwi is a new addition – one I think I’m now addicted to. The tart contrast with the mildly sweet watermelon is like a beautiful harmony. A duet for my tastebuds. And it’s really really good for you…
Anyway… just try it!
A note on my beloved Greek yogurt. Because I personally think it’s better to add - and therefore have control over - your own sugar to yogurt, rather than buy the kinds with truckloads of sugar and artificial flavors, I always buy the nonfat plain Greek yogurt with a supershort ingredient list. That way I can flavor it with my own vanilla, cinnamon, or honey, and top it with fresh fruit however I like, and I can keep the added calories and other junk to a minimum. And because Greek yogurt is thicker and has much more protein than regular yogurt, it makes a much more satiating parfait. If you’re not used to the intense tang of plain Greek yogurt, I recommend adding that little bit of natural sweetener at first.
Watermelon-Kiwi Protein Parfait
Makes 2 parfaits
2 cups Greek yogurt
3 kiwis, peeled
About 2/3 cup diced watermelon
2 T. chia seeds
1 cup high-protein (+ lower sugar) cereal (the one I used was made with whole grains, + pumpkin seeds + almonds!)
2 tsp. agave or maple syrup or honey (optional)
You’ll want two glass bowls or stout drinking glasses so that you can see the layers of your pretty parfait. Start by carefully spooning the first layer of yogurt down and smoothing it out without getting yogurt all over the sides of the glasses.
Next, slice the kiwis in fourths, length-wise, and then slicing about ¼ inch thick all the way down. Each parfait will get about 1 ½ kiwis. Put ¾ of a kiwi down on the yogurt in each parfait, and a fourth of the diced watermelon in each glass. Top this with ¼ cup each of cereal, and ½ T. each of chia seeds.
First layer down.
Repeat the layers once more (with the yogurt carefully smoothed over the cereal next), and if you like, add the 1 tsp. syrup or honey on top of each one.
Now, destroy the layers with your spoon, getting all the flavors together, and dig in.
Or get your parfait on however you like – there’s no wrong way to eat a healthy parfait!