9 Parfait Recipes Perfect for Every PalateArticle posted in: Diet & Nutrition
The word “parfait” is a French word meaning “perfect,” which is fitting as that’s how many people would describe these delicious treats which traditionally layer yogurt with other tasty ingredients. Of course, the health factor of your parfait all comes down to the ingredients you choose. There are many ways to make yogurt parfaits both flavorful as well as healthy when you select ingredients like nonfat Greek yogurt, healthy granola, fruit and nuts.
No matter what flavors you prefer, we’ve rounded up nine different yogurt parfaits with unique combinations so that there’s something for everyone to try!
To kick off our list of yogurt parfaits, this parfait offers all the taste and none of the guilt of a delectable slice of apple pie. It’s got the rich flavors of apple, cinnamon, nutmeg and walnuts combined with the creamy goodness of Greek yogurt. You can also feel good knowing you’re getting a host of antioxidants and flavonoids as well as dietary fiber from this recipe’s use of a whole apple. While it certainly tastes decadent, this parfait only clocks in at 186 calories and counts as one SmartCarb and one PowerFuel on the Nutrisystem plan. That means it will satisfy your craving for something sweet without getting you off track from your healthy eating.
Another classic on our list of yogurt parfaits, this rich and nutty parfait might be different from the sweet parfaits you’re used to—but give it a shot and we think the savory flavor combination just might blow you away. It uses an array of delicious and healthy ingredients like rolled oats, sesame seeds, pine nuts, cucumber, garlic powder and of course Tahini. Tahini, which is a staple in the Mediterranean and Middle East, is a paste made from sesame seeds, sometimes referred to as a “seed butter.” It is packed with nutrients and has a tasty nutty flavor. Certainly unique, this parfait is both hearty and filling and whether you enjoy it as a breakfast, lunch or snack, it will be sure to leave you feeling satisfied. A serving is 215 calories and counts as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel and one Extra.
Combining the flavors of peanut butter, banana and cacao with rich and creamy Greek yogurt, this parfait is both fun and delicious. And considering it layers in healthy ingredients like potassium-rich banana and nutrient-packed Greek yogurt, it’s a parfait you can feel good about enjoying. Instead of traditional chocolate, this recipe uses cacao nibs—essentially an unprocessed version of chocolate that is incredibly rich in antioxidants. It also calls for a drizzle of honey to add even more sweetness. But at just 205 calories, this is a treat you don’t have to feel guilty about. It counts as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel and one Extra.
If you’re a fan of all things pumpkin spice, then you’re going to want to try this parfait. It involves making a pumpkin-flavored yogurt using plain nonfat Greek yogurt combined with canned pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, some Stevia and some vanilla extract. The yogurt is then layered with a homemade granola mixture that is also packed with healthy ingredients like rolled oats, pumpkin seeds and more pumpkin puree! While the pumpkin spice drinks and baked goods found in abundance during the fall months are packed with lots of unnecessary sugar, this is a pumpkin recipe you can feel good about eating. Pumpkin puree has healthy benefits such as fiber, iron and potassium. While this treat tastes like an indulgence it clocks in at only 264 calories and counts as one PowerFuel, one SmartCarb and one Extra.
Nothing quite goes together in a parfait treat like the flavors of vanilla and berries. This parfait recipe is simple but delicious. It combines Greek yogurt with Vanilla Nutrisystem Shake Mix and then layers in some blueberries and strawberries. It’s all topped off with shredded coconut for some added sweetness. Blueberries have long been called a “superfood” thanks to being packed with antioxidants and flavonoids. But they’re also high in potassium and vitamin C. In addition, strawberries are also packed with vitamins, fiber and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols. Combined, this parfait has some serious nutrition power. It counts as one SmartCarb, two PowerFuels and one Extra.
Another delicious recipe on our list of yogurt parfaits, this fruit-filled classic has a tropical twist that you can’t resist. Its key ingredient—mango—is not only incredibly delicious, it’s really good for you, too. Mango contains more than 20 different vitamins and minerals which help make it a superfood, according to Mango.org. One cup of mango is high in vitamins A and C, as well as folate, which is especially important during pregnancy. While mango might be the star of the show in this recipe, it also layers in the popular Nutrisystem breakfast, Granola Cereal, plus some sunflower seeds for a delicious crunch. Drizzled with honey, this is a parfait that tastes indulgent, but isn’t a threat to your healthy eating regimen. One serving is 296 calories and it counts as one Nutrisystem Breakfast, a half of a SmartCarb, a half of a PowerFuel and two Extras.
Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or just want to make the kids—or yourself—something festive that won’t totally derail your nutritious ambitions, then this is the treat for you. It’s got the layered look of candy corn without the empty calories of the syrupy candy. The tell-tale layered look of candy corn is created using diced pineapple, mandarin orange and cottage cheese. Served in a mason jar, it’s an adorable treat with a feel-good factor attached to it. Both pineapple and mandarin oranges are rich in vitamin C while cottage cheese boasts lots of protein and minerals like calcium. This parfait clocks in at 169 calories and counts as one SmartCarb and one PowerFuel.
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You can’t go wrong when layering yogurt, berries and nuts, as this delectable parfait does. It calls for a cup of mixed berries (like fresh strawberries and blueberries), a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt and some slivered almonds, which contain healthy fats, fiber, and protein. It’s the classic combination and makes a great flex meal that will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied after breakfast. One serving is 355 calories and counts as one SmartCarb and two PowerFuels.
With this unique parfait recipe, you can indulge in the taste of carrot cake for breakfast without any guilt whatsoever. The one-of-a-kind carrot cake flavor comes from the combination of vitamin-rich shredded carrots with some flavorful cinnamon. This easy recipe also mixes in oats, almond milk, walnuts and some sweet honey for a taste that’s out-of-this-world. It’s a make-ahead treat that you can enjoy as a flex breakfast or snack. Despite its indulgent flavor, one serving of this parfait is just 248 calories. It counts as one SmartCarb, one PowerFuel, a half of a Vegetable and one Extra.