Tropical Yogurt Parfaits
Yogurt is a health-boosting “superfood” because of its active probiotic cultures, its complete protein, calcium, B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. When we add the C, antioxidants, and fiber of tropical fruit to the creaminess of naturally-sweetened yogurt, we end up with a dessert (or breakfast) worthy of the gods. Here is the super recipe:
1 cup cubed fresh papaya
3 cups plain nonfat yogurt
2 tablespoons maple syrup
4 tablespoons ground flaxseeds (for Omega-3)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1 cup fresh blueberries, or frozen blueberries, thawed
1 cup cubed fresh mango
1. Using 4 parfait glasses, place some of each of these ingredients in layers: papaya, then yogurt, flaxseeds, almonds, blueberries, mango.
2. Repeat these layers until ingredients have been used up (aim for about 4 layers of fruit and yogurt). May be served immediately, or refrigerated for several hours.
Inspired by SuperFoods Rx, by Steven Pratt, M.D. and Kathy Matthews (William Morrow, 2004).