Why Strawberry Parfaits Are Perfect

I’ll be honest.

I have a soft spot for parfaits.

Particularly strawberry parfaits.

Why?

Before I adopted a whole-food plant-based diet, I was vegetarian.Layered cream dessert

And strawberry yogurt parfaits were my go-to travel breakfast every time I was on the road.

Though on the higher fat content end, parfaits can be a great breakfast (or dessert) option, and they will certainly make your non plant-based eater guests very happy!

Here’s the catch.

Store-bought parfaits will likely have oils and a lot of added sugar.

The solution?

Make them yourself.

Just remember to load on strawberries and go easy on the yogurt and granola (better yet, make the granola yourself!).

And what better way to enjoy the magic of parfaits than with Strawberry Parfait Day, celebrated on June 25th?

Where Do Parfaits Come From?

Two strawberries isolated on white backgroundParfait is French for ‘perfect’, which is exactly what these delicious treats are.

They date as far back as the 19th century. Originally, they were a coffee-flavored layered dessert with sugar syrup, eggs, and cream. Not so great for your health or waistline.

But parfaits are varied… you can find them with ice cream, yogurt, pudding, mousse, and even with mashed potatoes and sauces.

But while parfaits of all types can be great, the strawberry parfait has always been my favorite.

Strawberry Fun Facts…Strawberry in crate

Most importantly, strawberry parfaits are an excuse to celebrate one of the world’s favorite fruit–the strawberry.

Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C and packed with fiber and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols. As we covered in our beautiful berry article, they also seem to have strong anti-cancer properties.

Did you know?

  • Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside (with an average of 200 seeds per strawberry!)
  • Strawberries are not produced by seeds and are actually a member of the rose (Rosaceae) family.
  • Ancient Romans believed that strawberries could cure ailments such as fainting, fevers, throat infections and even gout.
  • Native Americans were some of the first to eat strawberries, introducing them to European settlers.
  • Americans eat close to 8 pounds of fresh strawberries (and another 2 pounds of frozen strawberries) every year.
  • Strawberries are the fifth highest consumed fresh fruit in the U.S., only behind bananas, apples, parfaitsoranges and grapes.
  • Approximately 50% of the world’s commercial strawberry production and 60% of the strawberry fruit grown in California is produced from varieties developed right here at UC Davis.

The Art of Parfait Making

Best part about parfaits? They’re super easy to make.

So take advantage of this year’s Strawberry Parfait Day and create a healthful, delicious, plant-based version of everyone’s beloved dessert.

Here’s our favorite recipe for Strawberry Parfait With Proper Healthy Granola just for you.

Enjoy!