Vanilla Maple Yogurt Chia Parfait

Looking for some simple meal prep solutions? Prep these simple Vanilla Maple Chia Yogurt Parfaits ahead of time for busy mornings.
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By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Nature’s Path and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t on board with the whole chia pudding trend when it first started circulating the internet. I wasn’t a fan of the texture. After trying it a few more times, it really grew on me. That goes to show that tastes/textures do evolve over time and we have to give foods a 2nd or even 10th chance.
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This is a lesson I share with my clients all the time. We have to try new foods just more than once and in a variety of ways. I once hosted a cooking class that just focused on one ingredient – cauliflower. In this class, we cooked cauliflower in 5 different ways. It was interesting to see that all participants had their opinions on which version they enjoyed best. At the end of the day, everyone enjoyed cauliflower in at least one way.

For a while, I was blending my chia pudding to create a creamier consistency, but then the texture of the chia pudding grew on me and I really enjoy it as a breakfast since it keeps me full and satisfied all morning. Chia seeds are rich plant-source of omega-3 fatty acids, that can reduce inflammation.
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No parfait isn’t complete without the granola layer. I topped mine with one of my favorites – Nature’s Path Pumpkin Seed + Flax Granola.

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layers of chia pudding, yogurt, and granola in a glass jar

Vanilla Maple Yogurt Chia Parfait

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 2


  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 (5.3-ounce) container vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Nature’s Path Pumpkin Seed + Flax Granola


  1. In a bowl, whisk together chia seeds, maple syrup, and almond milk. Let sit for at least 30 minutes to thicken.
  2. In 2 small jars, evenly layer chia mixture into each jar. Then evenly layer the vanilla Greek yogurt on top of the chia seed mixture.
  3. Top with Nature’s Path Pumpkin Seed + Flax Granola when ready to eat.

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Grocery Store Finds: September 2017

Curious to see what ended up this dietitian’s cart this month?

Finally, the weather in NJ is starting to cool down and it’s starting to feel like Fall. Fall is my favorite season. I love the crisp cool weather, wearing scarves and boots, and the seasonal food! Bring on the apples, squashes, and hearty soups and stews.

I’m sure going to be busy in the kitchen this season. While not everything I eat is a full recipe, I pair items together to create well-balanced meals and snacks. Ready to see what was in my cart this month?

StarKist Selects:Grocery Store Finds: StarKist Tuna Selects via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen

I first learned about StarKist Selects at the Today’s Dietitian conference. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish) at least two times (two servings) a week. It is a struggle for many to eat fish because they feel intimidated by cooking it. I hear that a lot in my sessions, that clients would like to consume more fish, but they don’t want to prepare it. StarKist Selects Wild-Caught Pink Salmon in extra virgin olive oil is the perfect solution.
In a shelf stable single serving pack, this is a fish solution for on the go and can easily be packed to incorporate in a meal. I like adding these on top of my salads. Since it is packed in extra virgin olive oil, it doesn’t dry out, plus creates a less of a need to add any salad dressing.

Oui by Yoplait:

Grocery Store Finds: Yoplait Oui via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
New Oui yogurt by Yoplait brings me back to my trip to France. Oui is a French style yogurt with simple ingredients and a great taste. The texture is silky smooth. I was scraping every last bit from the jar. I was curious why they are in glass jars, so I did a little research. The glass jars are not only recyclable and great for reuse, but it also protects the integrity of the yogurt’s texture during the production and shipping process. Right now, I’m recycling my jars to grow herbs on my kitchen windowsill. Thanks Oui for sending me some samples to try!

Nourish Snacks:

Grocery Store Finds: Nourish Snacks via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
I almost didn’t recognize Nourish Snacks on the grocery shelf when I strolled up the aisle. I’ve talked about Nourish Snacks before. They are now offered in larger bags. Nearly 25% of our daily calories come from snacks, so it’s important we make these snacks count, nutritionally. Joy Bauer, RDN, nutrition expert of the TODAY Show and founder of Nourish Snacks, set out to create a nutritious grab-and-go snack that can work for any kind of snacker.

New Siggi’s Flavors:

Grocery Store Finds: Siggi's via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
Have you seen the new Siggi’s flavors? Yes, I know I just was chatting about another yogurt above. What can I say? I like variety. I was too excited not to share Siggi’s newest flavors: 4% banana & cinnamon and 9% chocolate. I’m obsessed!

Pumpkin Bars Selection:

Grocery Store Finds: Pumpkin Bars via RDelicious Kitchen @RD_Kitchen
It’s not Fall without everything being pumpkin, right? I know this isn’t just one item for this grocery store pick, but they all have the common seasonal theme: pumpkin! When choosing bars, think about when and why you are having them. Are they for a quick snack? Will they be part of a meal? Are you looking for a boost of protein? Not all bars are created equal. Look for wholesome ingredients without an excess amount of added sugar and think about how they are going to fuel you.
This is a little bit of a teaser for you. Next month, pumpkin guru Maggie from @onceuponapumpkin is taking over for a grocery store tour: pumpkin edition!
What new products have you discovered? What should I be on the lookout for next?

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