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5-Ingredient Post-Run Parfait

Photo by Hélène Dujardin.

Getting healthy, balanced meals on the table is no easy feat. After a long run, the last thing you want to think about is standing in the kitchen and cooking a recovery meal. Luckily, there’s a new cookbook, written by a registered dietitian, to help make your kitchen routine a little easier. “The Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook helps those in a time crunch create simple, healthy meals and snacks. Many of the dishes can be made in 30 minutes or less, and there are plenty of healthy slow cooker recipes, where all you need to do is press the “on” button,” says Toby Amidor, MS, RD, author of The Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook: Simple Recipes to Make Healthy Eating Delicious.

“This Strawberry-Kiwi Parfait has protein to help your muscles recover after a run, and the calcium, potassium and phosphorus also strengthen your bones,” Amidor says. “It’s the perfect snack to pack in a mason jar, so you can grab and eat immediately after your run.”

Make the yogurt today to have all week, and check out the cookbook, which comes out on April 3.

Strawberry-Kiwi Yogurt Parfait

Serves 4


  • 1 cup (about 8 large) strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed or 100 percent orange juice
  • 1 (32-ounce) container nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup almonds, chopped


  1. In a small bowl, place the strawberries and kiwis. Add the orange juice and toss evenly to coat.
  2. In each of four parfait glasses or mason jars, layer ¼ cup yogurt and top with 2 tablespoons of the fruit mixture, followed by 1 tablespoon of chopped almonds. Repeat for second layer.
  3. Serve, or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.


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Natalie Rizzo

Natalie Rizzo

Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian and nutrition communications expert, specializing in sports nutrition. Natalie has written for many food and nutrition publications, such as Eating Well, Spright and Food & Nutrition Magazine, and she has been featured in Fitness Magazine, Women’s Health and Men’s Health. Natalie received her Masters of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Columbia University. When she’s not writing, she’s creating delicious recipes, running and helping other runners reach their peak potential through food. To learn more about Natalie and read about sports nutrition topics, visit her blog, Nutrition à la Natalie or follow her on Twitter.