Preparing these delicious Berry Chia Pudding Parfaits in batches will help ensure that you have a nutritious breakfast any day of the week.
We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Having a well balanced, nutritious breakfast jump-starts your metabolism, gives you energy to get through the morning, helps you focus, and prevents unhealthy snacking. Sounds great, right?
But you’re probably thinking, who has time to eat a healthy breakfast everyday? I’m going to tell you what my secret is… it’s called batch cooking.
Batch cooking is when you prepare food ahead of time in large batches. Then during the week when you’re busy, you can put your meals together really quickly because you’ve done most of the cooking in advance.
I don’t just do this for breakfast- I do a lot of batch cooking for dinner as well. It doesn’t only save time, it saves money as well.
Preparing food in advance means that you’re spending less money on dining out. Plus, it gives you more time to spend with your family during the week.
Berry chia pudding parfaits
These Berry Chia Pudding Parfaits are the perfect make-ahead breakfast dish. I make the chia pudding by mixing Greek yogurt or Icelandic skyr, milk and chia seeds. The combination is high in protein (each parfait packs a whopping 21 grams of protein) and keeps me feeling full throughout the morning.
Chia seeds are nutritional powerhouses packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and antioxidants. When you soak them in liquid, they plump up overnight, thickening the yogurt and milk mixture into a delicious pudding. Read my post all about the nutritional benefits of chia seeds.
You can make a big batch of the chia pudding on the weekend and leave it in the fridge. Then in the morning, you can layer the chia pudding with your favorite ingredients. I layer mine with pureed berries, granola and fresh berries.
I love all of the different colors, flavors and textures in this layered parfait. If I’m taking mine to go, I like to assemble it in a mason jar so that I can just put a lid on it and take it with me. It’s also a great after-school snack for my kids.
More batch cooking breakfasts
Berry Chia Pudding Parfaits
- 2 (5.3 oz) containers mixed berry or vanilla nonfat or 2% Greek yogurt or Icelandic skyr
- 1 cup milk, any type
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 cups assorted fresh berries like blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries
- ¼ cup granola
- Whisk the yogurt (or skyr), milk and chia seeds together in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight until it forms into a pudding.
- When ready to assemble the parfaits, place about 1 cup of the berries in a bowl and mash them with a fork (or puree them in a mini food processor).
- To assemble the parfaits, place a layer of chia pudding in the bottom of a glass or mason jar and top it with a layer of berry puree and 1 tablespoon of granola. Repeat the layers. Top the parfaits with fresh berries.
This looks so delicious, healthy and refreshing for this sure to be hot summer. I am still getting use to chia seeds but I think the use of the chia seeds with the combination of this yogurt and the crunch of the granola will taste good. Looking forward to trying this.
Kristy from Southern In Law says
Oooh, this looks like the ultimate summer breakfast! And so pretty too - which means it would be the perfect thing to make for a brunch party too!
I actually do batch lunches which I take to work. Normally, it's something simple and plain like veggies, beans, chicken breasts, or wild rice. Honestly, I don't mind having 5 identical lunches in a row. I prefer not to think about what to cook during a business week. Besides, if you eat "batch meals" during a week, you weekend ones sound and look fancier and delicious and help to distinguish between a week and weekend (Certainly, weekend meals don't necessarily have to be unhealthy). And I would definitely be having this beautiful breakfast 5...no 7 days in a row! It loos fantastic, Sonali!
These parfaits are beautiful and Siggi's is my favorite yogurt. Do I see some chocolate in there too? Yum! Have a great holiday weekend!
Kristina @ Love & Zest says
Not only are these gorgeous AND delicious, they are perfect for upcoming Memorial Day!
Healthy World Cuisine says
Loving all of those layers! So pretty and nutritious! Also looking quite patriotic for the weekend of the 4th summer festivities. Wishing you a super week!
Emily Kyle says
I love making Chia Seed Pudding, but I never thought to pair it with siggis, what a perfect combo! I can't wait to make these beautiful parfaits for my little guy, he will love them!
Julie @ Running in a Skirt says
Oh my!!Sonali... these are GORGEOUS!!! Love everything about them.
Taylor Kiser says
These are gorgeous parfaits! Love those layers! Making batches of these for breakfast sounds like a fantastic idea to me! Would love waking up to one of these pudding parfaits for my breakfast!
These are gorgeous! Love all those vibrant colors. Perfect for 4th of July too!
Jessica @Nutritioulicious says
These are gorgeous! What a fun and festive treat for the summer!
amanda -runtothefinish says
Bring on the summer berries! I'm so excited for them to start being on sale so I can eat like crazy!
Cannot love these enough, they are beautiful and I know they taste as good as they look! You can't go wrong with a good chia pudding or parfait and I love combining them. Perfectly done!