A Princess Parfait?

July 23rd, 2010 · Lisa · gluten-free, raw, Recipes, sugar-free, Sweet · Comments

Another Friday, how fantastic. I hope you’re having a wonderful start to your weekend. I promised to reveal the inspiration for all of the parfait creations I’ve shared with you this week. You’re a very smart bunch – guessing literary references and traveling aspirations. However, my muses represent a much less sophisticated genre of entertainment, namely, Disney. I share this story simply because it illustrates how ANYTHING can inspire new recipes if you just open up your imagination.

These four fictional women inspired the four parfaits I presented this week. I was inspired by the diversity of their backgounds or the settings for their stories and tried to represent them in the flavour combinations I selected. I am not a Disney fanatic by any stretch and I don’t support the idea that “princesses” should serve as any kind of role model. But they came to mind when I was starting to think about parfaits – partly because I love alliteration and was drawn to the “princess parfait” language and because Disney has played a particularly powerful role in my life over the last year. Let me explain…

Dan and I pretending to be SuperFans

If you have followed this blog for a while (bless your heart!) than you probably know that two of my brothers have been working at Disney since last August. I miss them terribly and it has meant planning two trips down to Orlando to get my fraternal fix.

I am very lucky that my brothers treat me with great kindness and respect – they put up with my silliness and support all of my adventures. The last time I was called a princess it was while running in the Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World. My Mom, Jeremy and Dan all got up early, cheered me on, and even wore matching “Royal Family” shirts. I don’t know what it would be like to be a princess – I don’t think I would care for the schedule or the schmoozing – but having devoted supporters is pretty phenomenal.ย 
When Dan and Jeremy return there will be a big party with lots of vegan treats – perhaps even a parfait. In the meantime, here is a pantry parfait recipe. It is perfectly decadent for any morning and served in a martini glass certainly adds a sense of sophistication.
My initial in Blueberries ๐Ÿ™‚
Princeless Lisa’s Perfect Pantry Parfaitย 
Makes 2 Martini glass Parfaits
Layer 1: 1 Banana + 1/2 cup Water + 1/2 tsp Cinnamon (Blended) then stir in 2 TBSP Chia and let it sit (20 mins – overnight)
Layer 2: Your favour rawnola or granola (I made my version with goji berries and ginger)
Layer 3: Fresh organic Blueberries

If you just can’t get enough of summer parfaits, you can check out some earlier posts for more inspiration:
An Amazing Mango Parfait from Becoming Raw

I loved your guesses but you weren’t quite right. However, I am going to put together another giveaway this week so that you’ll have a chance to win something soon.

I’m still trying to decide between the Blueberry Lemon Lavender and the Cherry Ginger Goji for my entry into Heathy’s challenge. I will sleep on it tonight and go with my gut in the morning. Let me know if you have a strong opinion either way. I hope you have all been having fun with your own creations. The entries all look amazing!!!

Before I sign off tonight I have to share some fantastic news about my Mom’s health. She has been working hard to follow Brenda Davis’ advice for reversing diabetes on a plant-based diet. She was at the Doctor’s today and found out that not only has she completely reversed her diabetes but she has also lost 80 lbs (since September 2009). I am really proud of all that she has accomplished. I can’t wait to run a 5k race with her in February (I never, ever thought I would utter those word). Phenomenal.

10 Comments

  1. Posted July 23, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    It looks like you had fun creating all the possible entries. They are all so gorgeous. Wishing you the best of luck in the challenge:)

    And wow! Congratulations to your Mom! What a wonderful accomplishment. Amazing!

  2. Posted July 23, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Even though I don't know your mom, I'm so happy for her! That's such fantastic news. I'm going to have to tell my own mom about her…she's been leaning towards a plant-based diet for a while now, and so I know she'll be amazed to this story. You should ask your mom to write a guest post!

    The Disney inspiration for your parfaits is a good one!

  3. Posted July 23, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    WOW! Congratulations Lisa's Mom! That is absolutely phenomenal news! I can't even fathom how you must feel. Having lost that much weight, you must feel like you're floating on air sometimes.

    Lisa, I'll be cheering you and your Mom on from a distance when you make that run together. I'm willing to bet she believes she couldn't have made it without the loving support and inspiration of her beautiful daughter. All that support can certainly flow both ways.

    Congratulations Team Lisa's Mom!

  4. Posted July 24, 2010 at 11:41 am

    it's so cute that your family cheered you on with t-shirts, and i am so happy for your mom!!! wow, what an amazing family!

    your princess theme is so creative. you gave me an idea to make "dirt" parfaits for my nieces shrek party!

    and don't fret, lisa, someday your prince will come!=)

  5. Posted July 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I love the princess theme! The Disney pics are fabulous – you are so cute ๐Ÿ™‚

    Huge congrats to your mom! What an accomplishment! You must be sooo happy!

    XOXO

  6. Posted July 24, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Thank you for all the congratulations to my Mom. She's pretty fantastic! Your excitement means a lot to both of us. It is so nice to feel like a part of a great community of amazing women.

    Mindy – I promise to update you all after the 5k. Thank you for your support!

    Kelli – dirt parfaits! Fantastic!

    Heathy- The princess theme is a bit silly but it inspired a whole lot of creativity!

  7. Posted July 25, 2010 at 8:42 am

    YAY for Disney Princesses!! Love it! Love all the parfaits, just stunning!

    Pure2raw twins

  8. Posted July 26, 2010 at 7:50 am

    That is so great to hear about your mom!!

  9. Posted July 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    That is SO awesome about your Mom! I bet she feels fantastic. And I bet her doctor was very impressed! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Your parfaits are all so gorgeous, it's hard to choose one. But that cherry ginger parfait is calling to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Posted August 2, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks for all the support for my Mom. She's pretty awesome.

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