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I’ve enjoyed yogurt since I was a kid eating GoGurt out of the tube. Like I do with most foods, however, I’ll go through phases where I eat yogurt every day for months and then don’t eat it at all for months. (Does anyone else go through phases like that?)
Since I started working from home in December, I’ve been saving a few dollars, eating less sugar, and using less plastic by purchasing multi-serve tubs of Chobani’s 2% unsweetened Greek yogurt. Chobani is my favorite yogurt brand because they offer so many varieties to keep up with my increasingly finicky taste buds. They’ve also been a D20 Theory event sponsor since our very first workshop.
Pro tip: Use 1% or 2% low-fat Greek yogurt for parfaits because it balances protein, calories, and healthy fats while maintaining a creamy texture that’s perfect for mixing! Full-fat yogurt is a great base for healthier dips. Non-fat yogurt is an easy way to introduce kids to probiotics because isn’t as dry or tangy.
My motivation to include customizable options like a build-your-own yogurt parfait bar at events like Galentine’s Brunch is a result of my empathy for guests who have dietary restrictions and preferences. I understand that…
- not everyone eats dairy, gluten, sugar, animal products, etc.
- people consumer various portion sizes for a number of reasons
- it’s stressful to worry if there will be anything you can eat and enjoy at an event
Entertainer of the Year
One of my passions is entertaining, and the last year has been eerily quiet at my house without garden parties and Oktoberfests. I enjoy planning, decorating, cooking, and sometimes even the socializing. I’m not a fan of the post-event cleanup, so I try my best to sweet-talk my husband into taking the lead on that part!
I’m an introvert, creative, and planner, so I’m happiest behind the scenes, but I can hardly wait until my friends and family are vaccinated again so I can bring all of my quarantine-era ideas to life for someone other than myself. Until then, I’ll continue sharing my ideas with all of you right here on the blog and spoiling my husband with my signature heart-shaped pancakes with the hope that he’ll wash the dishes after our next large get-together.
Try these topping and mix-in combinations with ½ cup plain, low-fat Greek yogurt in your next parfait.
Be My Galentine
All of your favorite pink and heart-shaped candy. This is definitely not a healthy option, but it sure is festive!
A handful of… conversation hearts, Hershey’s Hugs, Nerds, strawberry cheesecake Flipz, Cupid’s Mix M&M’s
Netflix and Chill
2 dried dates (chopped), 1 fresh fig (quartered), 1T walnuts (chopped), dusting of cinnamon, drizzle of honey
PSY (Pumpkin Spice Yogurt)
2T pumpkin puree, 2 dried dates, 1T dried cranberries, 1T chopped pecans, ½ crumbled graham cracker, dusting of pumpkin pie spice, drizzle of honey
Peanut Butter Banana Dream
½ small banana, 1T unsweetened coconut milk, 1T creamy peanut butter, ½ crumbled graham cracker, dusting of cinnamon
¼ cup fresh mixed berries, 1T unsweetened coconut milk, 2T granola, drizzle of honey
Pro tip: Keep the sugar low and natural by sticking to unsweetened plain yogurt and adding fresh or dried fruit. Then sprinkle your preferred sweetener on top. My favorites are demerara sugar and Truvia.
A Lovely Display
Add the finishing touches to your build-your-own yogurt parfait bar with a few mason jars. Then use Canva to print and frame a custom list of your favorite topping and mix-in combinations (feel free to use mine!) and place card-sized labels for all of the ingredients.
What is your favorite yogurt topping or mix-in? Share your thoughts in the comments and tag @d20theory on Instagram.