Growing up my mom always called me a “junk food junkie.” I have the ULTIMATE sweet tooth! I just can’t get enough. Consequently, I have to make very conscious choices if I want to have healthy eating habits now that I am a “grown up.”
Back in the good-old pre-baby rocking-metabolism days of college I used to eat a Snicker’s Bar and a Mt. Dew every day for breakfast. And a Hot Pocket for lunch. And donuts and chocolate milk for a snack during class. And fast food and Dr. Pepper for dinner. And maybe ice cream at night. I wish I was kidding. I feel sick to my stomach even reading that. Gross. Gross, gross, gross.
I wish I could say that now I crave fruit and vegetables. I do not. I crave expensive chocolate and warm cookies and Dr. Pepper. I have problems.
As my followers know, I live with my dad. He is not like me. He is obsessed with being healthy. He’s a highly self-disciplined man. One of the things he is obsessed with is green smoothies. I am in charge of the food for the home, and one week I accidentally bought vanilla Greek yogurt instead of plain Green yogurt for his supplies. One taste of the vanilla and he was obsessed. Now every night I have to listen to him wax philosophic about how he swears it is as good as vanilla ice cream. Keep dreaming, Pops.
But, I must admit, vanilla Greek yogurt is good. VERY good. So I decided to combine our favorite vanilla Greek yogurt with my favorite granola and some fresh fruit in jam jars to make cute little personal patriotic parfaits. I think they would be perfect for a Foruth of July brunch, don’t you?
The secret to their divine taste is the brand name ingredients. TRUST ME. It’s crazy healthy, and I LOVE it. That’s how you KNOW it’s good! It is junk-food-junkie-approved.
Here are the ingredients that you will need:
* Dannon Oikos Vanilla Greek Yogurt
* Quaker Oats & Honey Granola (in the cereal aisle)
Now just scoop in one layer at a time! Easy peasy! (I got the cute jars last year at Walmart when I was making jam.)
Check it out! Not only is this parfait Dad and Junk-Food-Junkie approved, but also kid-approved! My stinking adorable nephew is proof of that!
If you want to make these parfaits portable but cutesy you can use a bit of fabric and cut a circle with pinking shears and grab it in the jar lid. My mom used to do that to gift her homemade jams to people during the holiday season.
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