Breakfast from a jar


Steph Ferguson/Iowa State Daily

Grab a Mason jar and try something new for a healthy homemade breakfast or snack. The combination of yogurt, oats and fruit mixed together then left in the refrigerator overnight makes an easy and healthy breakfast.

Try something new for breakfast or a snack. Creamy Greek yogurt mixed with heart-healthy old-fashioned oats, chia seeds and a splash of milk, and then layered with frozen fruit and berries in a jar for a make ahead, grab-and-go treat. Make one, two or 10 at a time — they keep for a few days in the fridge!

The combination of yogurt and oats mixed together then left to sit overnight in the refrigerator tastes great. The oats become nice and chewy, then the frozen fruit melts to create a sweet fruity sauce.

For utensils, all you need is a Mason jar.

First, grab six ounces of your favorite Greek yogurt. There are many brands and flavors out there, have fun with it! Scoop the six ounces of yogurt into a bowl and add 1/3 cup of old-fashioned oats. Oats are heart healthy and give great texture to these parfaits! Next add 1 teaspoon chia seeds. Chia seeds act as a binding agent but also have many great health benefits. These can be found in Hy-Vee’s health market. Then add 2 tablespoons of milk. Mix together until combined.

Grab your Mason jar. Add half of the yogurt mixture into the jar. Then add your favorite frozen fruit to make the next layer. There are many combinations, so be creative! A couple tablespoons will do. Then add the rest of the yogurt mixture, and top it off with more frozen fruit. Stick in the fridge over night, and the next morning you will have a delicious parfait ready to eat!

Here are some suggestions of fruit combinations:

Blueberry and pineapple

Strawberry and banana

Raspberry, blackberry and blueberry

Strawberry, mango and pineapple

Pineapple, coconut and shaved almond

Strawberry and dark chocolate chips