Nov 23

Healthy Yogurt Breakfast Parfait with Blueberries & Granola Recipe



Here we go. The official holiday season is just starting and already our fridge and pantry is filled with fudge, zucchini bread and cookies. Add pumpkin pie to the mix and you have a recipe for disaster when it comes to healthy eating. So, how do you stop yourself from completely de-railing over the holidays? It’s tempting to say, “What the heck. I already blew it, so why not continue inhaling everything with butter and sugar that’s in sight?” Tempting, yes. But is it necessary to be an all-or-nothing kind of gal? Of course not. I have a plan. It involves starting the day with a healthy breakfast, such as this yogurt parfait with blueberries and granola, and focusing on eating whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins the rest of the day. This will help to balance those decadent dinner parties and piles of holiday treats.

With packed schedules during the holiday season, I find it helpful to have extra meals in the freezer. Dishes such as our favorite Smoky Turkey Chili and Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa can be easily doubled or tripled and frozen in containers. For lunch, I turn to recipes such as Spaghetti Squash with Apples & Toasted Pecans and Healthy Shrimp Wrap with Curry Yogurt & Spinach. The variety of flavors stop me from becoming bored (boredom always leads me to mindless snacking) and the high-fiber dishes keep me satisfied until the next meal.


So, let’s step back to breakfast. If you’re someone that eats on the go, try these Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins or a Make-Ahead Egg Wrap with Ham, Avocado & Salsa. For a healthy sit-down breakfast, try Whole Wheat Waffles with Blueberry Sauce or a Caprese Frittata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Mozzarella & Basil.

This yogurt parfait is something I eat two to three times per week. Frozen blueberries, defrosted until soft and releasing their juices, are layered with nonfat Greek yogurt, your favorite granola or other cereal and a touch of agave nectar. Is it some elaborate, earth-shattering recipe (if I can even call it that)? Nope. But it is quick and easy, satisfying and tastes darn good. That’s exactly what I need this time of year.

The recipe:

Place the frozen blueberries in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on the defrost mode (about power 3) until the blueberries are soft and have released some juice, about 3 minutes.


In a small glass or bowl, scoop some of the blueberries and juices into the bottom.

Layer with the Greek yogurt, granola, agave nectar, and more blueberries.

Blueberry Yogurt Parfait Collage

Serve. Stir together before eating, if you wish.


Healthy Yogurt Breakfast Parfait with Blueberries & Granola
From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck.
Serves: Serves 2
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup granola (your favorite kind)
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  1. Place the frozen blueberries in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on the defrost mode (about power 3) until the blueberries are soft and have released some juice, about 3 minutes.
  2. In a small glass or bowl, scoop some of the blueberries and juices into the bottom.
  3. Layer with the Greek yogurt, granola, agave nectar, and more blueberries.
  4. Serve. Stir together before eating, if you wish.
Calories 214.5 / Total Fat 2.0g / Saturated Fat 0g / Sodium 105.8mg / Carbohydrates 41.4g / Fiber 6.1g / Sugars 25.5g / Protein 16.3g / WW (Old Points) 4 / WW (Points+) 6
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 parfait

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katrina November 23, 2011 at 4:39 am

This sounds so yummy! I love trying new ways to eat yogurt :)


2 Belinda @zomppa November 23, 2011 at 5:49 am

Er…think we definitely need this post-Thursday!


3 Kelley November 23, 2011 at 5:57 am

I was just saying to Pete yesterday that the indulging is about to start. He started singing “it’s the most fattening time if the year…..” to the holiday song it’s the most wonderful time of the year. :)


4 Cassie November 23, 2011 at 6:24 am

This is so wonderful. I needed some healthy ideas for breakfast for tomorrow since the rest of the day is…not so healthy! These look delicious!


5 marla November 23, 2011 at 6:32 am

That first photo is amazing! I came dashing over from Pinterest. This is how I eat like all the time. Even during the feasting. Healthy parfaits are always a great option!


6 Maria November 23, 2011 at 7:48 am

My kind of breakfast! Great snack too! Ok, I could eat this every day, all day:)


7 Monet November 23, 2011 at 7:51 am

What a wonderful way to start (or end) a day of feasting. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, pictures and delightfully delicious recipe. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving, my friend!


8 Deborah November 23, 2011 at 8:11 am

This is definitely a breakfast that I need to have ready to go any morning over this next month. What a great way to start off the day on the right foot!


9 Kulsum@JourneyKitchen November 23, 2011 at 11:21 am

A healthy breakfast can make up for most things in life! Happy holidays :-)


10 Barbara | Creative Culinary November 23, 2011 at 11:24 am

This is my breakfast most days of the week; I do make my own granola though and I’m sure that’s part of the love I have for it. Making granola is easy and when you can add your own ‘stuff’ – well, I do believe that would be called THE BOMB!

Your photos are amazing…almost feel like I could dig in. Plus, they remind me my granola is out and now I’m got a craving. What’s one more little thing to make now huh?

Have a great Thanksgiving Dara.


11 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. November 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

omg i love this and put it on pinterest and twitter. Right up my alley! Have a great holiday!


12 Lauren from Lauren's Latest November 23, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I love the color in that last shot! Gorgeous! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your clan, Dara!!


13 Living The Sweet Life November 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm

This is a breakfast favourite of mine too… I love how creamy Greek yoghurt is, but still quite healthy.

I’ve never tried agave nectar – what would you say the taste is comparable to?


14 Mackenzie | California Giant Berry Farms December 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

You’re right about those Holiday treats filling up our kitchens and our bellies… but what a refreshing way to enjoy berries during the holiday season! love the deep blueberry purple color in your photos… YUM!

Would love to see you share your berry holiday recipes and photos on California Giant Berry Farms’ Facebook wall. You could win a holiday prize pack with some great cooking treats.


15 health November 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm

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17 Jordina January 7, 2015 at 2:06 pm

So sad I don’t own a freezer :(


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