|When fresh peaches are in season, this Fresh Peach and Blueberry Yogurt Parfait is a fun way to eat them!|
It only takes a quick look at the sections for Fruit and Vegetables in my recipe index to tell that I'm a veggie lover and always will be. But even though savory flavors are my favorites, there are a few fruits I absolutely love, and fresh peaches are up near the top of that list. When the Utah peaches are in season I can't get enough of them! But you can't eat peach desserts every day, even when they're healthy ones (like my Slow Cooker Low-Sugar and Gluten-Free Peach Crisp.) When I do have a lot of peaches, this Fresh Peach and Blueberry Yogurt Parfait Recipe with chopped fresh peaches, low-carb vanilla yogurt, and blueberries is one of my favorite ways to eat them. Greek yogurt would also be good here for a version with even less sugar, and if you don't want to splurge for blueberries (which aren't really in season right now), use some low-sugar granola to go with the peaches for a different flavor combination.
I made this a few times the last couple of weeks before I had the thought to take some photos and share the idea with you. Of course on Sunday I post Meatless Monday recipes, and a healthy meatless day of eating could definitely include some fruit! And although is so easy you don't really need a recipe, I hope this will inspire you to try something like this with other fruits. I think the possible combinations are endless! (If you want more meatless recipes, you might might want to follow my Meatless Monday Pinterest Board, which has ideas from Kalyn's Kitchen and some of my favorite food blogs, and I also share a new recipe each week for Meatless Monday at BlogHer. There are also good meatless ideas on the Meatless Monday Facebook page; give them a like if you're a Meatless Monday fan!)
For the parfait shown in the photo (which could easily be two servings) I used one large peach, peeled and cut into pieces, a generous 1/4 cup of blueberries, and one 6 oz. container of vanilla-flavored Kroger CARBmaster Yogurt. (This yogurt has only 3 grams of sugar per container but it does contain Splenda. If you don't want a yogurt with artificial sweetener, I'd use plain Fat Free Greek Yogurt instead.)
Just layer the ingredients into a glass container, starting with fruit and ending with fruit. I think the combination of peaches and blueberries is especially tasty and pretty in this, but any type of fruit-yogurt combination will be delicious!
(Makes 1 generous serving or two smaller servings; make this type of fruit and yogurt parfait with any combination of fruits and yogurt that appeals to you!)
1 large peach, peeled and cut into small pieces
1/4 cup blueberries (or more if they're in season)
1 container (6 oz.) low-carb vanilla yogurt (I use Kroger CARBmaster Yogurt, this would also be delicious with plain Fat Free Greek Yogurt if you prefer.)
Peel the peach and cut it into small pieces. (If the peach skin doesn't come off easily, dunking it for a few seconds in boiling water will make the skin come right off. This might be helpful if you're making this for several people at once.) Make sure blueberries are washed, or wash and pat dry if needed.
In a small glass parfait dish or nicely-shaped drinking glass layer fruit and yogurt, starting and ending with fruit for the most appealing presentation. You could make this ahead and keep in the fridge for an hour or two, but I don't think it would last longer than that.
Other Variations You Might Like:
--Use plain Fat Free Greek Yogurt in place of the vanilla yogurt.
--Use other low carb fruit-flavored yogurt in place of the vanilla yogurt.
--Use a low-fat low-sugar granola or breakfast cereal in place of one of the fruits.
--Use other combinations of fruit with seasonal fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, melons, cherries, kiwi, mango, pears, grapes, or persimmons.
--Use a few tablespoons of chopped nuts to replace one of the fruits.
South Beach Suggestions:
If you're eating this for the South Beach Diet, it would be important to use low-carb yogurt or plain fat-free Greek yogurt to keep this as low-glycemic as possible, and obviously this is limited to Phase 2 or 3. If you're on Phase 2 but still actively trying to lose weight, I would consider this to be two servings, and eat it with a breakfast that includes eggs or other lean proteins.
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.
More Tasty Ideas with Fruit and Yogurt:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Red and Green Fruit Salad ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Fall Fruit and Yogurt Salad ~ Use Real Butter
Low-Sugar and Fat-Free Fresh Peach Frozen Yogurt ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Fruit Kabobs with Ginger-Lemon Yogurt Sauce ~ The Lemon Bowl
Low Sugar Double Blueberry Yogurt Parfait ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)
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