Breakfast Parfaits

This parfait is the perfect treat the next time you're craving sweet . Not only is it good enough to be dessert, but it's also dense with nutrients. The cashew cream base adds a lightly sweet richness that pairs perfectly with the tartness of the berries. It's topped with protein-rich chia seeds, goji berries, and lemon zest. It’s the perfect amount of crunch along with some serious antioxidant power.

Now is the perfect time to add berries into your diet — they are in season through the end of summer, meaning nutrition and flavor are at their peak (but frozen berries harvested at peak season are great to use at all other times of the year). Blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are nutritional powerhouses, boasting the ability to slow signs of aging, prevent chronic disease like cancer and diabetes, and fight inflammation. Berries are low on the glycemic index, meaning their glucose will enter your blood stream more slowly than other sources of glucose, helping to prevent the release of insulin due to blood sugar spikes.

The cashew cream adds a decadent quality to this parfait, and the healthy fat and vitamin content make it the perfect way to start your day. Cashews can help keep you fuller longer so you can avoid the sugar crash that pastries or cereal often lead to. Cashews are also full of magnesium, a mineral essential for healthy elimination which is why we recommend taking Eliminate for better digestion.

The toppings in this parfait not only add texture and flavor, but each ingredient is full of its own unique benefits. The lemon zest adds a dose fresh flavor to each bite and is the most alkaline forming food, helping fight acidic conditions in the body. Lemons are rich in vitamin C making them great for immune support. Goji berries are loaded with beta-carotene and the antioxidant, zeaxanthin, both of which promote skin health and prevent aging. Contrary to what their sweet taste might suggest, they are loaded with protein from essential amino acids. Chia seeds are the last of this powerhouse-topping-trio. They are rich in anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids and contain good amounts of fiber, complete protein, and vitamins.

Ingredients:
12-ounce raspberries
6-ounce blackberries
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
2 cups cashews, soaked for 3 hours or overnight
2/3 cup water
2 tablespoons chia seeds
zest of one lemon
2 tablespoons goji berries

Step 1: Rinse berries. Set blueberries aside. Place blackberries and raspberries in a sauté pan with coconut palm sugar. Cook on medium-low for 5 minutes, occasionally stirring and mashing with a spoon, until water has been released from berries. Increase heat to medium-high and bring berries to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 additional minutes, or until berries have thickened slightly. Pour berries in a bowl and store in fridge covered.

Step 2: After soaking cashews, drain and rinse. Place cashews, dates, vanilla, and sea salt in a blender. Blend until smooth (about 60-90 seconds). The texture will resemble greek yogurt. Put cashew cream in the refrigerator. Let both the berries and cashew cream cool for at least 1 hour.

Step 3: While berries and cashew cream cool, prepare parfait toppings. Zest 1 Meyer lemon. roughly chop goji berries. Mix zest, berries, and chia seeds together in a bowl. Set aside.

Step 4: Evenly divide berry mixture into the bottom of 4 small containers or bowls. Spoon a large dollop of cashew cream mixture evenly over berries (you may have some left over). Gently spread cashew cream into an even layer. Top with goji berry mixture and blueberries. You can store these parfaits in the fridge for a few days, or serve immediately. 

This recipe was created, by me, for The Clean Program (www.cleanprogram.com)