Yogurt. It's simple, it's healthy, and it's easy to eat. But let's be honest: sometimes it can get a little boring. Here are our favorite ways to take a bowl of plain greek yogurt from "ho-hum" to "yum," all without adding unnecessary sugars.
7 Ways to Make Yogurt a Little More Interesting
- Add Some Crunch: A change in texture is a surefire way to make your yogurt more interesting. Mix in nuts, seeds, granola, or cereal for a satisfying crunch. Consider making your own granola to control how much sugar ends up in your breakfast.
- Get Fruity: Fruit is a classic way to sweeten yogurt. And when you think about all the flavor combinations fruit opens up, the possibilities are endless. Cut up apples into bite size pieces and mix in for some added crunch. Add blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries for a bowl bursting with sweet antioxidants. Or keep it simple with a sliced banana or a handful of cherries. Fruity yogurt is a great way to eat seasonally - just see what's available in your area. As the seasons change, your yogurt experience will too.
- Go Green: Greens powders are a surprisingly great companion for yogurt. They add a touch of natural sweetness and flavor while complementing yogurt's natural digestion-boosting abilities. The result? A simple, delicious breakfast or snack that is absolutely packed with nutrition.
- Think Savory: Most people think of yogurt as a sweet food, but it lends itself just as well to savory flavors. Try it on a bagel with lox or scramble it with eggs. Top it with avocado, olive oil, and a little bit of salt. Use it to stuff a tomato, then add fresh dill on top. Get creative! You may be surprised at how flexible it is.
- Pump up the Protein: Greek yogurt is rich in protein already, but you can always take it up a notch. Add in a scoop of nut butter for extra flavor, protein, and healthy fats. If you're feeling indulgent, add in a little jam for a healthier alternative to a classic PB&J.
- Spice it Up: Add in a dash of spice to bring new life to old yogurt combinations. Cinnamon is a classic, but nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, and many other flavors are well worth trying. If you like a little bit of heat in your morning routine, try adding crystalized ginger.
Freeze: Hot day? No problem. Make your own FroYo for a lighter alternative to ice cream. Blend plain yogurt with your favorite fruit to make a smooth mixture. Load your yogurt into a freezer safe container and free for at least two hours. Dig in once the yogurt is set, or keep it for up to two months.