• Lauren Humphreys

Toasted Coconut Strawberry Parfait

I am a morning person, which is perhaps why I love breakfast so much. Maybe it's the other way around...?! Pretty much all breakfast foods have high appeal for me. Eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, toast, Greek yogurt, peanut butter, fruit, and even vegetables are a few of my favorites. Starting the day with a nourishing breakfast and large cup of coffee certainly improves my brain function, mood, and energy levels. I always drink a large glass of water or sparkling water also. Hydration is so important for health. You have probably been told a time or two that:

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”

Within the US, many individuals and professional organizations encourage the consumption of breakfast as means to protect against obesity, including the US Surgeon General, Mayo Clinic, and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. However, what are you eating for breakfast? This matters!

Nutrition messages need proper context. Simply stating “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is really not helpful or necessarily true. First, it does not provide any indication of what or how much someone should be eating. One might also wonder why it is the most important meal of the day. Time is often a constraint in mornings, so this may lead to poor choices if you haven't planned ahead. Consuming energy-dense foods of low nutritional value for breakfast, such as a donut or pastry, on a consistent basis is actually detrimental to health in the long-term.

I tend to be irritable (and hungry) on days that I do not eat breakfast or choose unhealthy options. Though I may not represent everyone, I am a happier, more productive person on days when I do eat a nutritious breakfast. Whether you are working an essential job or working from home, properly fueling your body is a great way to start your day. Though it may not truly be the “most” important meal of the day, you should try to make it a nutritious one as much as possible. The good news is that there are easy ways to make improvements to your breakfast that are convenient, affordable, and delicious.

If you are looking for some new inspiration, I am here to help! Without further ado, I will be sharing 5 fun and healthy yogurt parfaits this week to brighten your morning routine and help fuel your day. I like to serve mine in a mini stemless wine glass or small glass jars to feel extra fancy. If you start with plain Greek yogurt, you have a protein packed base to dress up with sweet toppings, like fruit, nuts, and more!

Up first – Toasted Coconut and Strawberry

This fresh, nutty parfait is as tasty as it is beautiful. The strawberries add sweetness, vibrancy, and vitamin C! I recently tried toasted coconut BeVita biscuits for the first time. Though these are essentially a glorified cookie with some whole grains, I like the fiber they provide and the fact that they come with 4 biscuits per pouch. I like to use one or two of the biscuits as a crunchy element in my yogurt. The toasted coconut flavor is on point! To finish off the parfait, I used toasted coconut for a little sweetness and crispness. You can easily toast your coconut in the oven on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 300° F until golden brown for about 10-12 minutes, stirring halfway through.

See below for more pics!

Toasted Coconut & Strawberry Yogurt Parfait

Feel free to adjust the ratios for you liking and nutrition needs. I often increase the strawberries!

1/2 cup diced fresh strawberries

3/4 cup plain whole fat Greek yogurt

1-2 toasted coconut BelVita biscuits, crumbled (save the remaining to enjoy at a later time)

1 Tbsp toasted shredded coconut

In a small stemless wine glass or bowl, layer the strawberries, Greek yogurt, and crumbled bars. Top with toasted coconut. Serve immediately.

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