Light Winter Yogurt Chia Parfait
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 for Yogurt Chia Parfait, 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.
This chia yogurt parfait 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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Light Winter Yogurt Chia Parfait
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 6 oz water — (or orange juice)
- 5 oz Chobani Vanilla Greek yogurt
- 5 oz Chobani Plain Greek yogurt
- additional sweetener like sugar — , agave nectar or maple syrup
- 8 tbsp pomegranate seeds
- 1 kiwi fruit sliced thin
- 1/4 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.
Nutrition InformationCalories: 113, Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 30mg, Potassium: 280mg, Carbohydrates: 14g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 9g, Protein: 9g, Vitamin A: 40%, Vitamin C: 28.5%, Calcium: 130%, Iron: 0.6%
Love chia yogurt parfaits. Looks so refreshing 🙂
Gosh, this parfait is perfect! I LOVE the bright and colorful pictures! I can’t believe a dessert could be so healthy and great in flavor. Pinned and saved! 🙂
Thanks for saving Maggie!!!
I love plain Greek yogurt as well but my kiddos no so much! I’ve found that if I buy it flavored there is more chance they eat it. Really like this recipe… the chia seeds makes it more interesting! Pinned.
Thanks so much !
Hi Mira! I always buy Chobani products not only because they are high quality but because they are produced only about 30 minutes from where I live and employ lots of local people….I’m sure my weekly purchase really helps them, Ha. Anyhow, I love the decadent feel of this parfait, loaded with those awesome probiotics minus the calories. The layers are lovely! I love kiwi too and didn’t realize how much vitamin c they contained. And I didn’t know they were so low in calories. Love them in winter, such a pick-me-up.
I’m so glad you like it Laura! Chibani is great and does contain a good yogurt bacteria, that not all yogurt has. I love kiwi fruit, use it in smoothies, too!
I am a fan of greek yogurt too… It’s so rich and creamy. Your parfait looks delicious and the seasonal fruits make it even better! I’ll do the chia thing… I agree, it’s worth it! Thank you for sharing your recipe, Mira!
I’m definitely bad at sticking to diets, too. That’s why my motto is moderation and trying to eat healthy! 🙂 These chia parfaits look amazing, Mira! I’ve only made chia seed pudding once, so I’m loving your parfait version. Looks perfect to get back on track of healthy eating! Pinned!
Thanks for pinning Gayle!
What a beautiful parfait and so simple to make. Can’t wait to try it.
My family will love this! I love how packed it its with healthy goodness and it’s beautiful to boot! Thanks, Mira! Pinned
Thanks for the pin Annie!
Looks delicious! I love the fresh fruit with greek yogurt. I love to buy plain yogurt and add in my own fruits, you can make so many combinations!
Thank you Cindy!!!
Yay! Chia seeds in winter! Chia seeds are some of my hubby’s favorite so he’ll adore this parfait 🙂
Thanks Cheryl 🙂
Yum, I love Chobani yogurt, and that parfait looks awesome! Pinned 🙂
Greek yoghurt is seriously my favourite healthy food ever. Not only does it make snack or a delicious parfait like this, but it is such a good healthy substitute in so many recipes. We definitely couldn’t live without it in our house.
This dish is so beautiful and I love the colors! Greek yogurt and fresh/seasonal fruit has been a long-time favorite, but I’ve never had chia seeds – I feel like I’m missing out! I definitely need to give them a try, and this recipe you’ve created is the one I’ll use. Thanks so much for this!
I love Chobani, that’s bad I can’t find it in Canada. But it was my favorite in US. I like that you used greek yogurt with chia:)
This looks so pretty Mira! 🙂 I love eating parfait for breakfasts ! Pinned and the pictures are just gorgeous!
Really good looking parfait, Mira. I would love to have some for breakfast! pinning!
What a beautiful breakfast this chia parfait is! I love chobani.. and love trying out all the different chobani flavours so this is a must make recipe for me.
Is this breakfast…..or dessert??!! So pretty!
Both Nagi 🙂 Let’s have dessert for breakfast 🙂
I’m always on the lookout for good snacks, and this is one I will definitely be making. I’m a big fan of plain Greek yogurt, and generally eat that because I’ve had a hard time finding flavored Greek yogurts that weren’t sweetened with Sucralose (I don’t like artificial anything, and neither my husband nor I can eat Sucralose – it has unpleasant side effects). I’ll have to check closer on the Chobani.
Yogurt snacks are the best! Chobani is supposably sweetened with cane juice. I really hope it works for you! Thanks for stopping by!
Made this tonight, and it is scrumptious. I did get the vanilla Chobani, and it is nice. I would add a little sweetener next time I make it. This will definitely be a happening snack for us now. Thanks for giving us another snack option.
Hi Susan! So glad you got to make it! I totally forgot to mention an option to add sweetener, since I’ve been trying to recuse the amount of sugar in my diet, but will fix it in the recipe. Yes, sweetener would be nice. Thanks for trying the recipe!
This looks amazing! Never had chia seeds before have to try. Great giveaway too!
Wow! This looks absolutely incredible! I love all of the flavors in this parfait and am always looking for new ways to use chia seeds.
This yogurt chia parfait looks so delicious and refreshing – I love finding more ways to get chia seeds into my diet 🙂 They are so yummy and filling!! Pinned 😀
Thanks for pinning Ceara! Glad you like it!!!
And I was just telling myself yesterday that I need to eat more chia seeds and need to find recipes..and here we are! Looks gorgeous!
Glad I posted the recipe at the right time!
Chia seeds so expensive but so healthy.
Would love to try this recipe!
Hope you like it!
Oh this parfait is just beautiful! I have yet to use chia seeds in my cooking, this pairing with Greek yogurt sounds delish!
Now this is my kind of parfait! I usually have Greek yogurt for breakfast and I love how you’ve dressed it up here!
This is such a beautiful parfait! I love chobani and I always find a way to use in my recipes.
This parfait looks fantastic!! I also love greek yogurt. A perfect recipe to start the new year! Pinned!
This parfait looks so pretty! The chia seeds sound amazing with all that fresh fruit! This sounds perfect for a light and delicious treat!
Great pictures Mira! I used to eat plain Chobani yogurt with fresh fruit and honey. The flavored stuff has so much sugar that I’d only eat it once in a while like a dessert. I love that you put chia seeds in the recipe, it makes it more like a tapioca.
I’m a little late seeing this, but the important thing is I finally did! This is so beautiful, Mira, and I would love eating this for breakfast, lunch, or dessert! 🙂
Glad you like it Marcie! Using chia in puddings or yogurt parfaits is my favorite way to eat them 🙂