Strawberry and Quinoa Parfait Plus a Giveaway

by heidi on January 6, 2014

This post is sponsored by California Strawberries, whose sweetness will surely inspire you to start the new year right with this Strawberry and Quinoa Parfait and the opportunity to win a Vitamix blender.

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If you’re like me, moving into the new year means coming down from my holiday foodie high of sweets, treats and not-especially-healthy-eats and confronting myself with reality. 

That boils down to clearing out the stash of Christmas cookies and the last sips of eggnog and making room for more healthful fruit and veggies for this girl. STAT!

With this as my first recipe post of 2014, it seems only fitting to have it start with the most important meal of the day: breakfast. And since I’m six days in and feeling all gung-ho with my annual analysis of what I feed this body of mine, I’m leaving the eggs, french toast and waffles for later.

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Today we’re starting off simple. And fresh. And easy. With strawberries.

While I love eating strawberries in everything from grilled cheese to dessert nachos or slicing them to layer on my morning toast instead of jam, when my berry-licious friends at California Strawberries asked me to create a recipe to celebrate 365 Days of California Strawberries, to start the year off right. A parfait went to the top of this berry lovers’ list.

With strawberries and three different kinds of delicious—but very different—protein sources, my Strawberry Quinoa Parfait is sort of like a superfood in itself.

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This Strawberry Quinoa Parfait is a snap to bring together, making it perfect for conning your kids into thinking that, yes, they really do want to go back to school. And for those of us who are getting-back-into-the-work-mode-groove you can take the ingredients to work and make it for a healthy breakfast or snack even.

Healthy, yes indeed. Let’s break this parfait down.

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Antioxidant-rich Strawberries

Strawberries are packed with vitamin C, with one serving of 8 strawberries delivering more vitamin C than one orange, making it an antioxidant lover’s dream and possibly preventing some types of cell damage. They’re low in calories, high in folate and sweeten everything they touch. They’re pretty much a superfruit. And don’t they make every recipe look oh-so pretty?

Protein-rich ingredient #1: Greek Yogurt

I use Greek yogurt in this recipe because I am totally into the creaminess and thickness since it makes me feel fuller, and there’s a reason for that. Greek yogurt is strained to remove much of the liquid whey, lactose and sugar regular yogurt retains. The straining is what gives it its thick consistency, and in just about the same amount of calories, Greek yogurt has double the protein and half the sugar. It’s time to go Greek friends.

Plain or vanilla flavored will work just fine, it all depends on your preference. Some makers also have a honey flavor. Go for it if you can find it.

Protein-rich ingredient #2: Quinoa

Another protein packed layer in this strawberry parfait, quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine of the essential amino acids, but can’t be made by the body so it must come from food. And while many call it a grain, it isn’t actually a grain at all. It’s a relative to spinach, and what we’re eating is the seed of the plant. Bonus: it’s gluten-free so great for insulin control aka those of us on diets because it won’t boost sugar levels in the bloodstream.

Protein-rich ingredient #3: Nuts

This protein source is one you should know about by now. Nuts are high in protein and healthy fats, and certain kinds like almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and walnuts help control cholesterol and glucose levels, keeping everything flowing in the right direction.

Vitamix California Strawberries Giveaway

So how about that contest to win a Vitamix?

Simply visit California Strawberries and if you’re 18 years or older, enter to win the Vitamix Mixer.

Strawberry and Quinoa Parfait

Yield: makes 1 parfait

Strawberry and Quinoa Parfait

Ingredients

1 cup vanilla or plain greek yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
5-6 strawberries, stemmed and quartered
1/4 cup cooked quinoa
1-2 tablespoons sliced almonds
fresh mint leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Mix the greek yogurt and honey together in a small bowl. Spoon ⅓ of the yogurt mixture into a glass or parfait bowl. Top with ⅓ of the quartered strawberries and ⅓ of the quinoa. Sprinkle with a few almonds slices.
  2. Repeat with the remaining yogurt, strawberries, quinoa and almonds so there are three layers total. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and drizzle with additional honey if desired.
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This post and contest are sponsored by California Strawberries and I’m happy to partner with them since my family and friends love strawberries. 

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Nazia @ ThisBakerGirlBlogs January 6, 2014 at 1:16 am

This looks delicious! A refreshing change after all the induldging and the perfect way to start the new year. Love it :)

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Gianna January 6, 2014 at 5:22 am

Can you give a direct link to the giveaway? I looked in their giveaways section and even did a search and I couldn’t find it.

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heidi January 6, 2014 at 9:26 am

Hi there, sorry for the bad link. Here is the correct one: http://bit.ly/1hqF2Vv and it’s been fixed above. Good Luck!

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Katrina @ WVS January 6, 2014 at 8:08 am

I love this! I definitely need to add more quinoa in the morning. Yum!

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Arkansastransplant January 6, 2014 at 9:19 am

I also visited the website of California Strawberries and could not find the link to enter. Love Strawberries and miss them fresh from the fields in California.

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heidi January 6, 2014 at 9:25 am

Hi there! Here is the correct link. Sorry about the confusion! http://bit.ly/1hqF2Vv

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California Strawberries January 6, 2014 at 9:37 am

Thanks so much for creating this gorgeous recipe, Heidi! We love it!

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom January 6, 2014 at 9:44 am

love this recipe!!! love the addition of the quinoa and almonds!

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 6, 2014 at 9:51 am

Gorgeous parfait, Heidi! Pinned!

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I Wilkerson January 6, 2014 at 10:02 am

Wow, looks amazing! I just put strawberries on whole wheat waffles… http://artofnaturalliving.com/2014/01/01/start-new-year-right-whole-wheat-waffles/

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Maria January 6, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Love the recipes!! Now I want some strawberries! Yum!

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Bracey January 6, 2014 at 1:58 pm

I love a strawberry banana smoothie in the morning. I could definitely use a vitamix!

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Monica January 6, 2014 at 2:48 pm

This is seriously so pretty, with such tasty and healthy components! I’d love to have a vitamix…but in the meantime, I’m happy and grateful to have a blender at all. I didn’t even own one til about a year ago. Happy New Year!

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dishing up the dirt January 6, 2014 at 3:19 pm

What a lovely and clean breakfast to kickstart 2014!

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Jenny Flake January 7, 2014 at 11:07 am

How fabulous are those parfaits?! Need want now :)

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Ice Pandora January 7, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I am so gonna bookmark this for a breakfast day!
The gif. image is amazingly delicious looking!
Xx

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melodie January 7, 2014 at 2:02 pm

What did you cook the quinoa in? Just water?

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heidi January 7, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Yes, I just follow the directions on the package. For instance: Bring 1 cup water to a boil then add 1/2 cup RINSED quinoa. Lower to medium and cook for 5-7 minutes or until al dente. The middle of the grain will turn a light white color. You can also salt the water if you want or cook it in broth instead of water for more flavor.

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Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 7, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Gorgeous parfait, I love strawberries!

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Toodie January 7, 2014 at 5:22 pm

How perfectly pretty! And healthy is a definitely plus! I’m putting this on my to try list for breakfast this week.

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Deborah January 8, 2014 at 10:59 am

I could definitely inhale this for breakfast!!

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Mabel Chan January 8, 2014 at 10:30 pm

uhh.. that gif made me drool all over my keyboard

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Poole3576 January 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm

My fave strawberry & spinach smoothie

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