My Favorite Yogurt Parfait

by Urvashee on January 11, 2018 · 0 comments

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Happy New Year! Getting into shape is always a top resolution for most. I’m betting you’re trying to be good after the holiday cookie binge. As a dessert enthusiast, I used to find it hard to resist anything sweet. A lowered metabolism has now made me more cautious. I’ve also trained myself to find substitutes when I have sweet craving. So let me introduce you to my favorite parfait! This is not something unique but I eat it at least 3-5 times a week so I thought I’d share it with you.

I’m about to name some brands. They have not paid me to write this.  I’m just sharing an easy way to put together a parfait with my personal favorites.  My parfait has evolved over time. Having never eaten yogurt growing up, I was pretty reluctant to try it as an adult. Feeling the need to increase my calcium and protein, I decided to give it a go with Greek yogurt. I tried all kinds of flavors and discovered that Chobani vanilla is not so bad. I can tolerate this, I thought. I did however, load it with all kinds of toppings. Probably more topping than yogurt initially. I slowly changed my ratios and eventually I managed to switch over from vanilla flavored to plain which has less sugar.

yogurt parfait

As I adjusted to eating yogurt more frequently, I started liking other brands of Greek yogurt as well. My new favorite Greek yogurt brand is Fage. I top it with a little bit of Bear Naked v’nilla almond granola, mini chocolate chips or cocoa nibs, and a few goji berries. Notice I have no fresh fruits? Yeah, I’m still working on finding the combination of yogurt and fresh fruit appealing. If you can’t keep your hands off sweets, give this a try. Keep your toppings to a minimum for full health benefits. Or, if your like me and hate yogurt, ease yourself into it by slowly decreasing the amount of toppings over time.



1 cup of Greek yogurt

2 Tablespoons Bear Naked V’nilla Almond granola

1 Tablespoon cocoa nibs or mini chocolate chips

1 Tablespoon goji berries


  1. Find a pretty glass. Layer half the yogurt at the bottom.
  2. Sprinkle half the granola and half the chocolate chips
  3. Layer the rest of the yogurt over the granola and top with goji berries, and remaining granola and chocolate chips.

Make it a work of ART!

I always serve myself parfaits in these mini trifle bowls. Order yourself a set and create a parfait bar at your next brunch!







Mexican Hot Chocolate Shots

by Urvashee on December 22, 2015 · 1 comment

Mexican Hot Chocolate Shots

So I’m imagining myself all ready for a holiday party waiting for friends to arrive at my door. I’ve got a big pot of hot chocolate on the stove. The fancy mugs are lined up in the serving tray with an assortment of pretty cookies. I am ready in my hostess apron to welcome them in from the cold…  Nah! Who am I kidding? That is so typical and so not me or my friends. How about we spice things up a little to get the party started? I mean literally spice it up…like with cayenne and cinnamon. Oh and some tequila to really add some heat. I’m talking about fun, festive, Mexican Hot Chocolate Shots. That should warm them up! (Adults only of course.)

While I love chocolate, a whole mug full of rich hot chocolate is a bit much for me. I get tired of the sweet taste and then I start craving all kinds of salty junk food which is never a good thing. This Mexican hot chocolate shots recipe is perfect to meet that sweet craving. It’s just the right amount of chocolate with a little something extra.


There’s a lot a variance on Mexican hot chocolate recipes out there. Many of them have nutmeg, chili powder and vanilla included in them. From what I’ve read, I’m not even sure authentic Mexican hot chocolate has all these things but the inclusion of a chili spice seems to be popular anyway. I was not going for any kind of subtle taste in these shots so I skipped the nutmeg … I wanted to taste the cayenne. Don’t worry though, it’s not an insane amount but if you’re sensitive, skip the extra sprinkle over the marshmallow. The sprinkle made it look nice but also gave it an extra kick.

Be sure to dress up your shot glasses so pretty that they can’t be refused. I’ve dipped the edges in dark chocolate and my favorite shimmering sugar crystals. You can also shave just a little chocolate on top of the marshmallows or use whipped cream instead of marshmallows.


Remember, there’s no reason to save these hot chocolate shots for dessert. Surprise your guests with delicious welcome shots instead. If you are searching for an after dinner dessert cocktail, I recommend these chocolate hazelnut espresso martinis. Or, I guess you could always make another round of hot chocolate shots too!

Whenever you want to drink them, these shot drinks are perfect for the holidays. I’m so excited to have been able to share this recipe with you for Food Fanatic’s 12 Days of Cocktails.

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