December 17 2020 – Alexa Bartimus
Having yogurt for breakfast is a great way to start your morning. After all, it’s full of nutrients and probiotics that your body needs to stay healthy. Yogurt is an especially smart breakfast choice when it’s Greek yogurt, which is typically higher in protein and lower in sugar than regular yogurt. However, as delicious as yogurt is, we know that eating the same thing for breakfast every day can start feeling a little boring. So, here are five ways to spice up your morning yogurt.
Top it with your favorite fruit
Adding fruit to your yogurt is a quick and easy way to add new flavors to your breakfast. While just about any fruit will work, one great option is adding fresh or frozen berries like blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. Berries will give your yogurt extra flavor and a touch of natural sugar for sweetness. They’ll also add a pop of color to your yogurt, and who doesn’t like a visually appealing breakfast? Berries are also a great source of antioxidants, which can help protect your cells from free radicals and may even reduce your risk of developing diseases.
Start your morning with extra protein
Protein is shown to give you energy and help keep you feeling full. This makes yogurt a smart option for breakfast, especially if you don’t want to start the day feeling sluggish and hangry. You can up the protein level even more by adding chopped nuts like almonds, hazelnuts and more to your yogurt. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, adding a touch of honey can add a bit of sweetness without overloading your yogurt with sugar.
Have dessert for breakfast…sort of
Pie for breakfast may be a nice holiday treat, but you can have a healthier version all year long by mixing your yogurt with pumpkin puree. A sprinkling of cinnamon or pumpkin spice will add even more flavor to this thick and creamy breakfast. If apple pie is your preference, try topping your yogurt with apples and cinnamon. Another option for those craving something sweet in the morning is to mix peanut butter in with your Greek yogurt and top it with just a bit of cocoa powder or cocoa nibs for a healthier version of a peanut butter cup.
Skip the sweet and go for savory
Breakfast doesn’t have to be sweet! Yogurt’s mild flavor makes it compatible with savory toppings, too. To start your day with something savory, try topping your yogurt with chunks of fresh avocado, sautéed garlic or roasted veggies. You can also add herbs like dill or stir in everything bagel seasoning for extra flavor.
Use it in recipes
Sometimes, you just don’t feel like having a cup or bowl of yogurt for breakfast. Luckily, you can still take advantage of Greek yogurt’s health benefits by mixing it into other breakfast recipes. For example, yogurt makes a perfect addition to smoothies for a thick and creamy texture. Yogurt can also be used in place of sour cream on top of Southwestern-style omelets, and even included in the batter when making pancakes.
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