I eat a lot of Greek yogurt (just ask my husband) It's filling, full of protein and has a thick, creamy texture that feels somewhat decadent. I'm always creating yummy ways to incorporate yogurt, and my Yogurt & Oatmeal Parfait is one of my favorites. People who train with me often see me eating it and ask how to make it. It's so simple that I can't really call it a "recipe" It's more of an assembly. Which is good for me. I like easy.
Makes 1 Parfait
1/2 Cup Cooked Oatmeal
Cinnamon to taste
1/2 Cup 2% Greek Yogurt
1 TBS of Favorite Nut Butter
1-2 TBS of Favorite Seeds (I always use 1 tsp of chia seeds and also add either toasted sesame, sunflower, pumpkin or flax)
So first you have to cook your oatmeal. I make a bunch of oatmeal at once so I can make these parfaits quickly. I bring 1 cup of oatmeal and 2 1/4 cups of water to a boil, reduce heat and then simmer for 5 minutes. Let the oatmeal cool slightly and divide the oatmeal into 4 portions, putting 3 of them into small storage containers and put in refrigerator. If you don't think you'll make the rest of the parfaits before the week is up, then store the other 3 oatmeals in the freezer. (You can just take one out the night before and put in the refrigerator or simply microwave the oatmeal whenever you want it)
Next, with the oatmeal you're going to use, mix in 1 tsp of chia seeds. Chia seeds are a powerhouse seed! They have tons of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, and antioxidants. Then sprinkle with cinnamon. After that, add the Greek yogurt. I prefer the taste of Fage. I get either the 2% or sometimes the full fat and mix the two. Then drizzle 1 TBS of your favorite nut butter over the yogurt. I LOVE peanut butter and that's my go-to. But I also do almond butter or mix the two. Lastly I sprinkle on more seeds. Sesame is probably my favorite but I also like so many others. Again, I mix a lot. (I'm starting to see a theme with myself. I'm big into mixing, lol) Anyway, that's my filling Yogurt & Oatmeal Parfait. It's just as tasty when the oatmeal is cold, so you can assemble a few of these at at time and just have them handy in the refrigerator.