Simple Smile Yogurt Parfait Just for You

Cathy Gallant loves cooking for seniors. “When someone enjoys a meal, it means they enjoy the day,” she says with a proud smile. “I love watching people light up as they eat, it’s just the greatest.”

Cathy, a Red Seal Chef, has been the Director of Culinary Services at Birkdale Place Retirement Residence for over 4 years – and in that time, she’s learned the resident favourites – ribs, corn muffins and corn on the cob – AND she’s learned how to mix those favs with superfoods like quinoa, kale, and spinach to make sure everyone is getting a well-balanced meal.

“I love watching people light up as they eat, it’s just the greatest” says Chef Cathy.

“I think about what people want first and foremost,” she says. “Then I make sure those foods are nutritious, AND delicious.”

Delicious comes from a laser focus on complimentary flavours, colours, and textures – at every meal. And although those yummy meals can require some time and preparation (which she loves to work with the team on), her experience at Birkdale Place has also reinforced a real food basic – people also find love and comfort in simplicity.

“One of our residents’ most loved breakfasts is a simple Yogurt Parfait. It’s got all the elements, texture, flavour, colour, nutrition – but it’s yogurt and it makes people smile – and what’s better than coming to work and making people happy? Absolutely nothing.”


As you create your Parfait, remember to consider your dietary limitations, allergies, and requirements – our recipe changes a bit depending on the seasonal foods available, but here’s the base:

  • 1 cup yogurt (any kind works, try Greek for added nutrition)
  • ¼ cup granola (spice yours up with cinnamon, oats, walnuts, and almonds)
  • ¼ cup of fruit (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries all work well)
  • A drizzle of honey over the top for some added sweetness

Your CARP membership entitles you to a $2,000 Move-In Bonus when signing a new lease with Revera Retirement Living.

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