The word “parfait” is French for “perfect. The origins of this delicious dessert can be traced back to 1894, when it was first known to appear in French cuisine.
Parfait comes in many styles and flavors, but they’re nearly always served in tall glasses known as parfait glasses. But what parfait is really known for is being made up of different layers. In France, parfait is made with custard-like puree out of cream, egg, sugar and syrup.
Modern American parfaits are much more intricate, and can include a range of ingredients such as granola, nuts, yogurt and liqueurs. Fruits and whipped cream may also be added.
In the northern United States and Canada, parfait are also made with yogurt and layers of fresh fruits like strawberries, peaches, or blueberries or nuts. Yogurt parfait can even be eaten for breakfast or as a snack.
Sweet parfaits are the most popular, but savory parfaits are also delicious! Savory parfaits usually include layers of seafood and vegetables.
In the US, there’s even a National Parfait Day, which is observed on November 25. The only objective is to eat parfait!
This berry parfait is not just a tasty way to start the day. The yogurt contains lots of protein and fat to keep you full throughout the morning, and the berries are a fantastic, low-GI source of carbohydrates. The combination of berries should be sweet enough, but you can add a little honey if you need it.
Yogurt is essential for the healthy version of the parfait. Use Greek Yogurt for the ultimate in probiotic benefits and rich creaminess. Or, try cottage cheese. It goes well with fruit and makes for a perfectly healthy breakfast, snack or dessert.
When you buy dairy products like yogurt, it is really important to look for the right kind.
Wherever possible, try to buy products from pasture-raised, grass-fed cows. These cows are allowed to roam free in clean and healthy conditions, and they produce milk that has a higher vitamin content and better ratio of omega-3 to omega-6. They are far more likely to be healthy and free from disease than regular dairy cows.
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