Thursday, March 13, 2014

Lighten Up With California Dairy Recipe ReDux Challenge: Banana Split Parfait

I received a gift card to offset the expense of my ingredients. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

March is National Nutrition Month, a month designated to focus on making healthier food choices for better overall health and wellness. This year the theme for Nutrition Month is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right,” which is easy when you include California dairy products. The California Milk Advisory Board, which represents more than 1500 dairy families, is celebrating “dairy good” nutrition by asking Recipe ReDux members to “lighten up” some of their favorite recipes with California dairy.

In addition to calcium benefits, dairy in any form – whether it’s low-fat milk with cereal, a yogurt parfait, a smoothie, or egg and cheese sandwich – packs protein – which helps keep you full until your next meal. The California Milk Advisory Board and their nutrition partner, The Dairy Council of California, understand that dairy plays a vital role in contributing to an overall healthy diet and in support of National Nutrition Month wants to encourage everyone to adopt healthy food habits with dairy.

Check out this recipe for a delicious yogurt treat. It is either the dessert that's healthy enough for breakfast, or the breakfast that is tasty enough for dessert: The Banana Split Parfait!

Banana Split Parfait
  • 1/2 cup plain California Yogurt (ex: Brown Cow Greek Yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 3 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped nuts, such a pecans
  1. In a tall glass, place 1/4 cup California yogurt and cocoa powder; stir to combine. 
  2. Top with banana slices and chopped nuts. 
  3. Top with remaining yogurt, sliced strawberries and coconut. Dig in and enjoy a delicious treat that will keep you nourished and satisfied until lunch. 

    Please check out these other entries for this delicious contest!



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