Every day I find myself preparing breakfast for the children gathered around our farmhouse table. I try to balance great flavor with solid nutrition when serving them the first meal of the day. It isn’t always easy. So many breakfast options, especially those aimed at children, provide one while sacrificing the other.
I decided to focus on a healthy product that both of my children love: yogurt. I was confident that I would be able to develop a recipe that would delight their taste buds and deliver the nutrition they needed to start their day off right.
I started out simply by adding fresh fruit to plain yogurt. We had a record-breaking crop of red and blackcap raspberries this summer, so I layered yogurt with fresh berries in small jelly canning jars with reusable plastic lids. I prepared them the night before and was able to serve them in moments when it was time for breakfast the next morning.
The parfaits were a hit, but they seemed to be lacking a little texture. I had seen numerous recipes on blogs and Pinterest boards that combined yogurt and raw oats. I always have old fashioned oats in the pantry, so I added a bit to the yogurt before layering it in the jars one evening.
The next morning, I discovered that the oats had softened and the mixture had taken on an almost pudding like consistency. It was thick and delicious, with just a hint of the texture I had been looking for. By the end of the first week, everyone in the house had decided that these yogurt parfaits were our new favorite breakfast dish.
Around the time that I found myself making these parfaits every day, I received a new product to evaluate here at 1840 Farm. As luck would have it, this new product was delicious, nutritious, and quite possible the perfect topping for our yogurt breakfast parfaits.
Omega Fields sent me a collection of products including a bag of their Simply Omega-3 product to evaluate in preparation for a giveaway for the members of The 1840 Farm Community. The morning after they arrived, I added a teaspoon of the Simply Omega-3 to the top of my parfait. It added a lovely texture and flavor to my parfait. It had made it even more delicious.
I wasn’t the only one who loved the flavor and texture that the ground flaxseed added to our parfaits. I loved being able to sprinkle a little on my children’s breakfast knowing that they loved the taste and that it also delivered a healthy dose of fiber and Omega-3 in an all natural formula without any added sweeteners.
Several months have passed since I first made a yogurt parfait with the hopes that my children would eat it for breakfast. Since then, they have requested them every morning. My husband and I have followed their lead, enjoying them every morning as we prepare to start our day. We have also been enjoying Simply Omega-3 in our favorite homemade bread recipe for Farmhouse Country Loaf.
Now you can enter to win a bag of Simply Omega-3. Two lucky winners will be randomly selected and sent a bag of Simply Omega-3 courtesy of Omega Fields. Enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below the recipe. The winners will be randomly selected on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 and notified via Email. Good luck to all who enter!
This is a sponsored giveaway. I was provided a complimentary bag of Omega Fields Simply Omega-3 to use here at 1840 Farm. It was provided in order to allow me to evaluate the product and share my personal experience in this post The opinions shared are completely my own and were not influenced in any way by the offer of complimentary product, nor did my receipt of product guarantee a positive review. Any opinions shared in this post are based entirely on my experience using the product.
Yogurt Parfait with Simply Omega-3
This recipe can be adjusted to include your family’s favorite yogurt and topping options. I have used plain and vanilla whole milk organic yogurt and reduced fat yogurt and a variety of berries both fresh and frozen depending on what I have on hand. All were equally delicious.
1 cup (8 ounces) yogurt
1/2 cup (40 grams) old-fashioned oats
berries or topping of your choice
Simply Omega-3 to taste
In a small bowl, combine the yogurt and oats. Stir to fully combine. Spoon 1/4 cup (2 ounces) into the bottom of a container with a lid. Add berries and top with another equal portion of the yogurt mixture. Top with more berries before covering and refrigerating overnight. Add Simply Omega-3 to taste and serve immediately.