Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Parfait = Perfect

The mystery of the sweet and delectable fruit has been solved. When I went back to Publix they had another basket full of these beauties but this time with a sign. They are indeed white fleshed nectarines. I bought and devoured four more and I'm wishing I bought a dozen. If you see them in your local market, don't pass them by!

Lately I've been having a parfait for breakfast. Parfait is such a lovely word, so much more fun to say and eat than oatmeal. It makes me think of Donkey in the first Shrek film when he and Shrek are talking about how ogres are like onions because they have layers and Donkey says that parfaits have layers. "Parfaits may be the most delicious thing on the whole damn planet!" He's right.

A breakfast parfait is so simple to make and have infinite flavor combinations. I've been on an organic blueberry kick so I've been focusing on those. I layer blueberries with plain low or non-fat Greek or Icelandic style yogurt, add a dribble of raw, local honey, a sprinkle of spicy cinnamon and raw flax seeds.

A breakfast parfait is very satisfying and loaded with health benefits. Blueberries are loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and deliciousness. Plain yogurt has protein, calcium, active cultures and is so thick and creamy and luscious. Flax seeds are a great source of fiber, omega fatty acids and have a great crunch. Cinnamon has a whole host of health benefits but the sweet and spicy taste is reason enough for me to sprinkle it around. Raw honey tastes amazing and the benefits, practically endless.

You can use any variety of ripe, summer fruit, add a sprinkle of homemade or good quality store-bought granola or toasted nuts, orange zest, vanilla, nutmeg, pumpkin or apple pie spice, whatever you have on hand, whatever you like. Try making your parfait in a clear glass or bowl so you can see all the pretty layers before you devour them.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, obviously I need to keep reading before I ask questions! :) I'm going to see if my Publix has any of these this week, thanks for the tip!