Whipped Ricotta and Pomegranate Parfaits

New Year’s resolutions abound this time of year. Folks
promise to live healthier lifestyles after the over- indulgences of the holidays.
I am one of them.

If you’re looking for a nutritious way to start – or continue
– your day, here’s a recipe that incorporates some of my favorite Armenian
ingredients – yogurt, pistachios, and pomegranate seeds (arils). I cannot take
credit for the recipe, but am glad I found it on Prevention.com. The recipe and
photo come from Allison Young.
Whipped Ricotta and Pomegranate Parfaits by Allison Young, Prevention.com
As Allison states, “Parfaits are perfect for breakfast or
snack time, and this layered treat packs in protein, fiber, and antioxidants,
plus plenty of creamy goodness and crunch to satisfy cravings.”

Whipped Ricotta and Pomegranate Parfaits
Servings: 4

1 cup nonfat ricotta cheese
1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
2 oz. cream cheese
2 Tbsp. honey
Zest of 1 orange
¾ cup pomegranate seeds 
½ cup pistachio pieces

1. COMBINE ricotta, Greek yogurt, cream cheese, honey and orange
zest in a medium bowl. With a hand mixer, beat on high until whipped together.
2. LINE up 4 parfait cups. Place 1 Tbsp. pomegranate seeds
in the bottom of each. Top each with 4 Tbsp. whipped ricotta mixture, 1 Tbsp.
pistachio pieces and 1 Tbsp. pomegranate seeds.

3. SPOON on another 4 Tbsp. whipped ricotta mixture into
each, finish with 1 Tbsp. pistachio pieces and 1 Tbsp. pomegranate seeds, and
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