Start your day with a Mango Parfait ... it's simple to make and so delicious!
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Today is the first Monday of April, and that means it’s time for another edition of my monthly series, Motivation Monday.
For me, healthy living is all about motivation. It’s about finding the motivation to skip a second helping, go for a walk, or cook instead of ordering takeout . Each Motivation Monday features easy tips and a healthy recipe.
Last month, my focus was on getting enough sleep. This one was really a challenge for me, and I need to spend more time working on it. I like staying up late and have a hard time winding down at night, but I also need to get up early in the morning, so something has to give!
Instead of working on a new goal for March, I'm revisiting my previous goals. I'm also sharing a delicious recipe for a Mango Yogurt Parfait that is sure to get you motivated to start the day, too!
Before we start talking about this month's goal, let's talk about this Mango Yogurt Parfait ... guys, you are going to love this recipe!
I don't know about you, but I love mangoes. They're just so juicy and delicious, and I love to enjoy them as much as possible.
And this Mango Yogurt Breakfast Parfait is the perfect way to enjoy them! It's filled with layers of mango-flavored yogurt, homemade granola, and fresh mango chunks, and finished with a sprinkle of coconut.
Yum! If you have trouble getting out of bed like I do, this tasty Greek yogurt parfait may be the motivation you need to start your day!
How to Make a Mango Parfait
My easy Mango Yogurt Parfait features layers of mango-flavored yogurt, granola, and a little coconut on top. It's delish and easy to make, too.
This recipe uses fresh mango to flavor the yogurt, as well as chunks of fresh mango.
Don't worry if you've never prepared a mango before ... I'm going to show you exactly how to do it!
How to Peel a Mango
Mangoes are one of my favorite fruits. I love the sweet, slightly exotic flavor.
If you've never used one before, watch the video below. In it, I'll show you how to peel and cut and mango the easy way.
Making the Mango Yogurt
Once you've chopped the mango, you're going to purée half of it. I recommend using a food processor for this ... it's makes the job quick and easy.
You'll combine the mango puree with Greek yogurt and a touch of honey.
And that's how you make the mango yogurt ... super simple!
Making the Homemade Granola
This recipe also features a homemade granola, and it couldn't be easier to make.
You'll combine old-fashioned rolled oats and chopped pecans, then bake them in a honey-coconut oil mixture until golden.
Doesn't that look delish? Of course, you can always use store-bought granola if you prefer. It's up to you.
By the way, you'll only use about half the granola for this recipe. Which means you'll have plenty left over for future breakfasts!
Once the yogurt and granola are ready, it's time to assemble your Mango Parfaits.
It's simple a matter of layering the yogurt, granola, and more fresh mango. You'll finish with a sprinkling of coconut.
In a time crunch? Feel free to assemble these easy yogurt and granola parfaits ahead of time. Just be aware that the granola with not stay as crunchy. You could also prepare the different components ahead of time, then assemble the parfaits right before eating.
I know you're going to love this Mango Parfait ... it's sweet, creamy, and crunchy, not to mention healthy. And it's the perfect thing to get you out of bed bright and early!
- nonstick cooking spray
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup honey
- 4 large mangoes
- 2 cups nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 4 teaspoon unsweetened shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat lightly with cooking spray.
- Add oats and pecans to baking sheet and stir.
- Combine coconut oil and honey in a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and cook until mixture starts to bubble, stirring frequently.
- Remove mixture from heat, then drizzle over oats. Stir well.
- Bake granola until golden brown, about 20 to 30 minutes. Set aside to cool.
- Peel and chop 2 mangoes. Place chopped mango in a food processor and process until smooth.
- Add honey and yogurt to mango. Process mixture until completely smooth.
- Peel and dice remaining 2 mangoes. Set aside.
To Assemble Parfaits:
- Place a few spoonfuls of yogurt mixture in the bottom of 4 small cups.
- Cover yogurt with a layer of granola.
- Top granola with a layer of diced mango.
- Repeat layers, then sprinkle the top of each parfait with shredded coconut.
- Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Make sure to use ripe mangoes. If your mangoes are too hard, you won't be able to puree them in the food processor.
You'll have leftover granola. Try stirring dried fruit or shredded coconut into the leftover granola.
Instead of the pecans, use your favorite nut or a mix of nuts and/or seeds.
Now that you have the recipe, let's talk about goal setting.
When you set goals for yourself, do you take the time to stop and take stock of how you've been doing? That's one of the most important aspects of goal setting.
As part of my Motivation Monday series, I've worked on three goals this year. January's goal was to eat healthier snacks. I've done pretty well with this one and will be keeping it up.
In February, I started developing a consistent exercise routine and set a goal to workout at least 3 times a week, which has gone well for the most part. I love going for walks, so I'm hoping that I'll be able to get outside even more now that the weather is warmer.
In April, I plan to continue working on those goals, as well as getting enough sleep, which was March's focus. Like I said above, I haven't done a great job with this one!
So I'm starting over and rededicating myself to getting my butt into bed earlier. I'll let you know how it went in May.
One thing that makes getting up easier is the prospect of a delicious breakfast ... like this scrumptious Mango Parfait!
Loved this Motivation Monday post?
And if you enjoyed these easy tips for eating and living healthier, then you can read all of my Motivation Monday posts:
- Spicy Chili Pepper Edamame + Healthy Snack Ideas
- Berry Green Smoothie + Tips for Creating an Exercise Routine
- Easy Asian Dumpling Soup + Tips for Getting Better Sleep
- Picnic Recipes + Enjoying the Outdoors
- Greek Quinoa Salad + Tips for Losing Weight
- Chinese Chopped Salad + Tips for Getting Back on Track
Have you kept any goals or resolutions this year?