Recipe for Gut Health: Berry Yogurt Parfait

Whether it's for breakfast or dessert, this satisfying treat will have you saying goodbye to that sugary yogurt combo you're used to. Probiotic-rich Greek yogurt is the star of the show, but by adding real fruits, nuts and seeds – you'll add a delightful crunch along with protein and essential fatty acids.


  • 1 cup fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries, cherries, raspberries)
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans)
  • 2 teaspoons ground seeds (chia, flax, hemp, pumpkin or sunflower)
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup


  1. Crush the berries slightly with the side of a spoon to release the juices.
  2. Add maple syrup to your Greek yogurt and mix until fully incorporated.
  3. In two 8-ounce glasses, layer the ingredients, beginning with:
    a. ¼ cup berries
    b. ¼ cup yogurt
    c. 1 tablespoon nuts
    d. ½ teaspoon seeds
  4. Repeat layers until cup is filled.

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Updated July 30, 2021

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