Favorite Breakfast #3: Yogurt & Fruit Cups ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Favorite Breakfast #3: Yogurt & Fruit Cups

People who know me through this blog surprised to know I'm a creature of habit when it comes to my eating habits at home.  I love exploring new restaurants and new dishes, so I rarely visit the same place or order the same thing twice.  There is nothing I like better than having something different!

However, I usually eat a few items that I love over and over again at home for breakfast and lunch.  Just like my egg & veggie medley and the egg & veggie muffins, this is a staple for my breakfasts.  Depending on how hungry I am, I'll either have this right away after my eggs or wait to have it as a mid-morning snack.


These yogurt and fruit cups are great because there are no artificial sweeteners or preservatives and I reduce the amount of waste that I create by using reusable containers.  And of course, it's portable and in individual portions, so I can just grab and go in the morning!



Yogurt Parfaits

Ingredients
Yogurt, plain
Sweetener of choice*
Fruit of choice*
Topping of choice*
Optional extras that you'd like to mix in (i.e. - Protein powder, Fiber powder, etc.)


*See below for what I like to use!



"Directions"
1. Place an equal amount of yogurt into each of your individual containers.

*I used Greek yogurt this time, but I switch it up depending on the week!



2. Mix in any extras that you would like to use.



3. Mix in the amount of sweetener, to your taste.

* I like using agave nectar.  Other good sweeteners to use are honey, applesauce, maple syrup, mashed persimmons, date sugar, etc.




4. Top with your favorite fruit!

*In the dead of winter when I took these pictures, I used frozen berries and nectarines, but I prefer to use fresh ones, of course.





*Alternatively, mix everything together well to make a mixed yogurt!  Sorry for the bad picture.  :(



5. Put your topping of choice into individual little containers.

*I use fiber cereal most of the time, but I have also used granola, nuts, etc. for just a bit of crunch and flavor!




6. Admire your neat little breakfasts for the next week.





These are quick, simple, tasty, and nutritious.  All I could I could ask for in a breakfast or snack!

Alternatively, you could also mix your large tub of yogurt with the sweetener and mix-ins before putting them into the individual containers, like mixing batter for muffins.  :)  It will save a bit of time, but I kind of like the assembly line method too!

What are your favorite "pre-packaged" breakfasts?




24 comments:

  1. We always have oatmeal for breakfast but I make yogurt parfaits for mid-day snacks. Great idea to make them ahead!

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  2. This is a great idea! You may want to do some research on agave..it's not the health food it's promoted to be..

    Thanks for sharing at Wildcrafting Wednesday!

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  3. Such a good idea! I'd love to stock my fridge with those so my son can just grab them as he wants them! :) I followed you from the link party at Live Laugh Rowe

    Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my
    link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your
    recipes! Here's the link: http://anyonitanibbles.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/Tasty-Tuesdays-Link-Party-9.html

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  4. Yum! They look scrumptious :) Thank you for sharing this on Wildcrafting Wednesday! Hope to see you again today at:

    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/05/wildcrafting-wednesday-21.html

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  5. awesome! I love that you have these all portioned out and ready to go! We have a teeny fridge in our apartment, so I don't know if I could fit all those, but I do love yogurt for Breakfast. My boys eat it almost everyday. I make my own using a easiyo maker :o)

    Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

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  6. You were ahead of me on A Little Bird Told Me link party. Thanks for sharing, these look awesome. I really need to get back into the habit of fruit and yogurt for breakfast. Something I used to do that you may want to try is making these into a smoothie for a quick breakfast on the go. If you use frozen fruit instead of fresh, you don't need to add ice. All you need to do is add a bit of fruit juice.

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  7. Great idea! I used to make smoothies back in the day, and I'll definitely have to start up again. :) Thanks for the reminder!

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  8. Love this! I posted a similar idea this week making smoothie packets.

    Found you through Sew Many Ways Find a Friend Friday. Love your blog!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party.

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  9. That is awesome! What a way to grab and go! I would for you to link up at http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/assets-and-efforts-linky-party-2.html

    Thanks,

    Angela

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  10. I had thought I'd do this next time I make a crockpot full of yogurt so the boys don't eat it by the soupbowl full. Thanks for the tips. Thanks for sharing on the HomeAcre Hop. Come back and join us this week: http://everythinghomewithcarol.com/self-sufficient-homeacre-hop-and-green-circle-grove-giveaway

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  11. Thanks for coming by and linking up at my Real Family Fun link party. I hope to see you again next week.
    KC

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  12. Thank you for linking up to Create & Inspire last week! Tonight we're featuring YOU! Hope to see you there!

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  13. Such a great idea! I need to take some time to do this! I'll be featuring it on my blog tomorrow.

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    Thanks for linking up!

    Sumo:)

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  14. Thanks for the feature!


    I tell myself that it takes less time to package it all up since I do it assembly-line style, instead of taking out all of the ingredients every morning. And I've gotten much quicker over time! :)

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  15. Yum! I love pre-made meals like this! Grab & go!

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  16. Me too, otherwise I'm reaching for cookies instead. Eek!

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  17. Yum, I love that you make them up a head of time! So clever! Thank you for spreading JOY and sharing at the Oh What a HAPPY Day party.

    Holly at Not Done Growing

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  18. I need to do it all at once, otherwise I'll leave my groceries untouched in the fridge. It's a system that grew out of sheer laziness!

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  19. This would be a really great habit to get into! I usually keep a basket of granola bars in the pantry and we grab one on the go. You can see my pantry design here: http://redesignedbym.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/pantry-makeover/ Thanks for this idea! ~M.

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  20. Exactly! It's good for children (and me) because it's a healthy snack that's ready to go in a moment's notice. :)

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  21. Love the idea. Pinned. Thank you for sharing.

    Consider yourself hugged,

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  22. What a great idea. No more scrambling around the kitchen to put breakfast together.


    Barbara @ www.allmylivesnow.com

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