Yogurt parfaits in a mason jar for breakfasts on the go [Vegetarian]

In my house, not everyone gets to sit and savor a healthy breakfast at the dining table. In fact, none of us do. A healthy breakfast that can be easily taken to work is sometimes a challenge. So now one of my favorite things to make on Sundays is a batch of breakfast parfaits in jars. I use old mason jars and canning jars, and fill them with layered fruit and yogurt. Then during the week, we can just grab a jar from the fridge, and a small container of nuts or granola and we have a pre-made, convenient, but very healthy breakfast.

This is an especially ideal option now that summer fruits and berries are tumbling off of tree and vine. Our market is packed with an incredible array of fruits to try, so we can have a different parfait for every day of the week.

© Jaymi Heimbuch

I make up a batch of granola on the weekend, which will last all week. This is a great crunchy topping that has grains, nuts and seeds to add to the nutritional value of the yogurt and fruits. In all, you have a complete meal that will keep you full for hours.

© Jaymi Heimbuch

All you need is a selection of your favorite fruits, some plain Greek yogurt (the thicker yogurts work best), and a topping of your choice. Layer the fruit and yogurt in the jars -- we usually put fruit on the bottom and yogurt on top, but you can create as many layers as you'd like in whatever order you want. Store them in the fridge and when ready to eat, just add your favorite crunchy topping and there you have it. Breakfast on the go that doesn't feel like breakfast on the go.

7 Favorite combinations:
Strawberries and pistachios
Blueberries and walnuts
Meyer lemon curd or lemon preserves with almonds
Blackberries and raspberries with homemade granola
Peaches and Cheerios
Apricots, cherries and cashews
Dates and pecans

© Jaymi Heimbuch

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