Breakfast yogurt toppings = more than just granola!
Below are some of our favorite ways to dress up your yogurt at breakfast time. These ideas take mere minutes to assemble and are easily adaptable to your family’s tastes. They also provide the combination of nutrients you need – protein, fat, and fiber – to stay energetic and satisfied throughout a busy morning.
Greek yogurt with strawberries, brown sugar, sliced almonds, and chia seeds.
Tip: Chia seeds offer more nutritional value than other similar seeds (such as flax) because your body can digest and absorb the whole seed. So in each tablespoon, your body gets 5.5 grams of heart-healthy fat and 5.5 grams of fiber.
Great substitution ideas:
Use raspberries, kiwi or guava in place of strawberries.
Use cashews, hazelnuts or pistachios in place of almonds.
Plain yogurt with toasted sunflower seeds and chopped dried (or fresh!) peaches.
Tip: Remember to choose organic peaches whenever possible, since conventional peaches are on the Dirty Dozen list, meaning they contain higher levels of pesticides than other fruits, even after washing.
Use fresh apricots, nectarines or plums in place of fresh peaches.
Use dried blueberries, dates or raisins in place of dried peaches.
Vanilla yogurt with raw almonds and milk chocolate chips. (No one ever said you can’t enjoy a little chocolate for breakfast!)
Tip: Count out 12-15 almonds before sprinkling them on your yogurt. Nuts are a terrific source of heart-healthy fat, fiber and protein, but it’s important to be mindful of portion size since the calories add up fast. 12-15 almonds = 80-100 calories.
Use macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, or Brazil nuts in place of almonds.
Greek yogurt with dried (or during summer, fresh!) figs and a drizzle of honey.
Tip: Look for raw, local honey, which contains pollen, enzymes, antioxidants and other compounds that may be beneficial to your health. Much of the honey sold in grocery stores is heated or pasteurized, so make sure the kind you’re buying states “raw” and “local” on the label.
Use pears or dates instead of figs.
Use maple syrup or fruit preserves in place of honey.
What are YOUR favorite ways to top yogurt at breakfast time?