Protein Breakfast Parfait: Two Ways

Breakfast parfait with strawberries.

BREAKFAST PARFAIT WITH PROTEIN

Easy, balanced breakfasts are sometimes hard to come by. I know if you’re like me and my family, we need things that can be eaten easily without a lot of preparation in the morning. Or we need an option when we’re running out the door that can grabbed quickly and taken on the go.

It seems like protein is hard to add into breakfast if it isn’t something that’s cooked like eggs. I wanted to come up with a recipe that was balanced, had protein and is easy to take on the go. These protein breakfast parfaits are perfect for busy mornings and they can also be enjoyed slowly even if you aren’t in a rush. Plus, you can meal prep them ahead of time and use them as a healthy treat or snack too.

I’ve shared a few of my favorite flavor combinations below as well as some additional options of how to build your own. The combinations are endless and your favorite ingredients will make your breakfast parfait your own.

We offer easy options for breakfast for our fitness vacation guests like a breakfast parfait, layered greek yogurt and berries and protein smoothies. They’re easy, quick and delicious.

 

BUILD YOUR PARFAIT

The key to building your protein breakfast parfait is to make sure that you have a good balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat. It’s really easy to load up parfaits, shakes and smoothies with a lot of fruit which adds a ton of sugar. Eating fruit is a great thing but you can have to much.

Here’s the ratio I use when building protein breakfast parfaits:

Protein: 1 scoop protein powder of your choice (about 15 – 30g of protein) mixed with 1/2 c greek yogurt

Carbohydrates: 3/4 c fruit -or- 1/2 c fruit + 1/4 c granola (naturally sweetened or unsweetened)

Fat: 2 T nuts, 1 T nut butter (almond, peanut, cashew, etc)

 

TWO PARFAIT RECIPES

Berry Madness

1/2 C Greek Yogurt or Coconut Milk Yogurt

1 Scoop Grass-fed Whey Protein (or your preferred type of protein powder – about 20g)

1/4 C Strawberries

1/4 C Blueberries

1/8 C Sunflower Seed Mix (sunflower seeds, dried cranberries + dried coconut flakes)

1/2 T Raw Almonds

1/2 T Pumpkin Seeds

Mix protein powder with yogurt until fully incorporated and smooth. Layer mixture of yogurt/protein with berries and nuts seeds. Top with a few additional berries and almonds for a garnish if desired. Store in refrigerator overnight in glass containers or easy grab and go cup if you need to take it with you in the morning.

 

Pineapple Banana Dream

1/2 C Greek Yogurt or Coconut Milk Yogurt

1 Scoop Grass-fed Whey Protein (or your preferred type of protein powder – about 20g)

1/2 C Banana, sliced

1/2 C Pineapple, chopped

1 Tbsp Granola

1 Tbsp Raw Almonds

1 Tbsp Coconut Flakes, unsweetened

Mix protein powder in with yogurt. Layer mixture of yogurt/protein with banana, pineapple and almonds. Top with granola and coconut flakes. Store in refrigerator overnight in glass containers or easy grab and go cup if you need to take it with you in the morning.

 

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS TO ADD TO YOUR PARFAIT

There are so many options and ways to create your favorite combination but here are a few ideas:

Protein: Change up the type of protein or flavor. Try egg white protein, hemp, pea protein or a mixed plant based protein source. You can also try vanilla, chocolate or strawberry flavored proteins to change it up.

Carbohydrates: Try your favorite types of fruit. Frozen fruit works well too. Here are some other fruit options:

  • kiwi

  • raspberry

  • banana

  • cherry

  • mango

  • apple

  • pineapple

  • apricot

  • peach

In addition, cooked or uncooked oats, dried breakfast cereals (without too much sugar) like gluten free granola or oatmeal (cooked) mixes. Dried berries like goji berries or dried cranberries are also a great superfood boost to the carbohydrate content.

Fat: Nuts like cashews, walnuts, macadamia nuts and even pistachios are easy additions and can change the flavor profile. Nut oils can be used instead of actual nuts or nut butters. MCT oil is a fantastic option to increase nutrient value. Avocados make for a mild tasting source of fat and have many health benefits. Blending MCT oil and/or avocado into the yogurt will allow for it to be a smooth mixture.

Superfoods: Boost your parfait with superfoods like:

  • Acai powder

  • Cacao power

  • Cacao nibs

  • Maca powder

  • Supergreens Powder

  • Superfruits Powder

These would all be a “freebie” when added into your parfait. Mix with yogurt/protein or sprinkle as you go.

 

Have fun with these parfaits! The options are endless. If you’re not sure about nutrition, how to balance your meals or need motivation and accountability, check out our Health and Wellness Coaching. You can participate from the comfort of your own home!

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If you have any questions or feedback about these protein breakfast parfaits, please feel free to make a comment below. I’ll be happy to answer any questions or address any feedback!

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