Whether you consciously do it or not, your brain files everything you eat into categories of how likely you are to eat it again. Some recipes get grouped in the “never-again” bucket. Some in the “it’s-okay” bucket. And some are in the “oh-my-gosh-can-I-eat-this-at-every-meal” bucket. (Let’s all take a moment of silence to just salivate over the possibilities here). But sometimes food falls into that magic category, where they are both healthy and delicious to eat. Without a doubt, these Fruit Smoothie Parfaits are one we can all agree on.
Cool, refreshing, easy-to-make and completely customizable to feature your favorite flavors, this is a great snack, small meal or simply a tasty treat you have to try. This version is for a Strawberry Banana Smoothie Parfait, but you can mix and match fruit flavors as you like. Who needs ice cream when you can have a full serving of all this delicious fruit!?
- 1 cup greek yogurt (plain or flavored)
- 1/4 cup vanilla almond milk
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup granola
- ½ cup chopped fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are all yummy options)
- In a blender or food processor, mix ½ cup greek yogurt, almond milk, 1 banana, and the frozen strawberries.
- Blend until smooth and no large chunks remain.
- Take the remaining ½ cup of yogurt and place it at the bottom of 2 small serving glasses.
- Pour half the smoothie mixture into each glass on top of the yogurt.
- Top each smoothie with granola and chopped fresh fruit.
- Add more layers! Place granola and fresh fruit between each layer and Voila! Delicious to look at and to eat!
How These Fruit Smoothie Ingredients Help Your Body
Greek yogurt is an excellent source of calcium. This can help you improve your bone health overall. But Greek yogurt also contains probiotics. This helps support a healthy balance of bacteria in your gut. Eating two cups of Greek yogurt a day provides your body with protein, calcium, iodine, and potassium… and will help you feel fuller longer with fewer calories overall!
It’s common knowledge that bananas are high in potassium. But why is that important to your health? Potassium is essential for heart health, and even more so when it comes to keeping your blood pressure under control. In fact, there are numerous studies that show people who eat plenty of potassium have up to a 27% lower risk of heart disease. Bananas are also known for helping keep blood sugars under control, improving digestion because it’s a source of high fiber, and helping you feel fuller longer because of the high amounts of resistant starch and pectin found in the fruit.
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. They are also very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, which could help boost your heart health and help regulate your blood sugar.
Unsweetened almond milk is 80% lower in calories than cow’s milk and boasts a few more added health benefits, too! One cup of almond milk can provide 20–50% of your daily vitamin E requirement. Because vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, this can help reduce inflammation, stress and the risk of disease. It’s also very easy to swap out in your diet – using it as a lactose-free option to drink by itself, in your coffee or cereal, or in your favorite healthy recipes.