Light Winter Yogurt Chia Parfait – creamy Greek yogurt base mixed with chia seeds and layered between juicy winter fruits. Loaded with probiotic, fiber and vitamins.
Winter… Oh Yeah, it is January!
New year, new resolutions, goals and projects!
While I like to set goals related with work and family, the one thing I’m pretty bad at is keeping a diet! I love the idea of healthy eating, but every time I decide to follow a diet or stay away from certain foods – I just can’t do it. Sorry, I try!
That’s why I did not start the New Year (2015) with a healthy recipe, but I shared an indulgent one. Don’t worry, there are plenty of light and clean recipes on the way.
Greek yogurt – yogurt has always been part of my diet. And I used to eat a lot of it as a child. And not just yogurt, but I only buy Greek yogurt. Probably because I was born in Bulgaria, where yogurt is a staple food. Bulgarian yogurt is similar to Greek, just not as thick and is also has a slightly sour taste, but I like both kinds.
Yogurt contains good bacteria, known as probiotics. It is also powerful enough to support your digestive and immune system.
I used to buy a lot of Chobani Greek yogurt in the past, especially when I used to go to work every day, I would bring a small container of yogurt for a snack.
Chobani’s packaging is convenient and I like the small containers for portion control conscious people. I enjoy its rich and creamy texture.
It’s been a while since last time I got a container of flavored yogurt. I usually get a huge container of plain Greek yogurt, which we go through very quickly. We make smoothies, yogurt parfaits and of course I use a lot of Greek yogurt for baking.
I was recently contacted by Chobani (Greek Yogurt) and offered to participate in their #MadeWithChobani project. I had to develop a healthy recipe using their yogurt. As much as I like baking, I knew I was making a smoothie or some king of yogurt parfait.
So I got to work and made these cute, light and clean Light Winter Yogurt Chia Parfaits. For the yogurt part I used Chobani plain mixed with Chobani Vanilla yogurt.
I made a Chia gel, which I mixed with the yogurt. Garnished with some of my favorite winter fruits – pomegranate, kiwi and orange, to enhance the winter flavor.
It turned out great! And healthy, of course.
Chia seeds – powerful mini seeds, considered a “super food”, that provides a boost of energy. And I need some extra energy.
Kiwi – when it isn’t berry season, I always have kiwi fruit in the house. I like it in the winter, due to its higher content of vitamin C, which helps me beat the unpleasant winter colds. It is also very low in calories.
Orange – for extra vitamin C and to add some summer brightness to my winter day.
And pomegranate – love its color and always have some at home.
Pomegranate seeds – i know some people just don’t like to buy the fruit and take the time to release the seeds. But to me it is totally worth it! I love these sweet seeds, packed with fiber, vitamins,minerals and antioxidants.
Simple, healthy and delicious. I just couldn’t want more… Hope you enjoy it!
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- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 6 oz water (or orange juice)
- 5 oz Chobani Vanilla Greek yogurt
- 5oz Chobani Plain Greek yogurt
- additional sweetener like sugar, agave nectar or maple syrup
- 8 tbsp pomegranate seeds
- 1 kiwi fruit sliced thin
- ¼ small orange, sliced thin
- TO PREPARE THE YOGURT CHIA PUDDING:In a bowl soak 2 tbsp chia seeds in 6 oz water (or you can use orange juice) for 5-10 minutes. This will produce a nutritious chia gel. Mix chia gel with vanilla and plain yogurt. Add sweetener if needed.
- Get cups for the parfait ready. (I used champagne glasses).
- Layer Greek Yogurt Chia pudding in cups with pomegranate seeds and kiwi fruit pieces in between. Add a slice of orange on top.
I mixed Chobani vanilla and plain Greek yogurt, but only plain or vanilla could be used.
Top with fruit of your choice.