10 Healthier Ways to Top Greek Yogurt for Breakfast
Travis Stork, MD, cohost of the syndicated TV show "The Doctors," has creative and nutritious ways to top Greek yogurt for a lower-carb, higher-protein breakfast bowl.
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Tropical Yogurt Bowl
Top 1 cup plain Greek yogurt with 1 cut-up kiwi and 1/2 cut-up banana (freeze the other half for smoothies). Sprinkle with a handful of chopped unsalted roasted cashews or unsweetened coconut flakes. (Did you know 8 ounces of Greek yogurt contains about 18 grams of protein? Here are some other meat-free protein-packed foods.)
Granola Yogurt Parfaits
Fill a parfait glass with alternating layers of plain Greek yogurt, lower-sugar granola (try this recipe for homemade granola!), and fresh fruit. Drizzle with a teaspoon of pure maple syrup if you like.
On-the-Go Fruit Parfaits
Fill pint-size mason jars with alternating layers of plain Greek yogurt and fruit. Cover and store in the fridge overnight. Enjoy at home or at the office! (When you’re done with the mason jars reuse it with one of these 10 clever hacks!)
Melon Yogurt Bowl
Use half a cantaloupe as your bowl. Fill with 1 cup plain Greek yogurt and top with berries and pumpkin seeds. Or swap pumpkin seeds for one of these other healthy super seeds.
Smoothie Yogurt Bowl
Blend 1 cup plain Greek yogurt with 1 cup frozen berries and a little honey until smooth. Top with toasted nuts or granola. ( These smoothie tips will make sure your smoothie is healthy!)
Peach and Cinnamon Yogurt Bowl
Top 1 cup plain Greek yogurt with 1 diced peach. Finish with a dusting of antioxidant-rich cinnamon.
Chia Cereal Yogurt Bowl
Top 1 cup plain Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup of your favorite whole-grain or bran (lower sugar, of course) boxed cereal. Add sprinkling of chia seeds, which are packed with these impressive health benefits.
Maple Walnut Cereal Bowl
Top 1 cup plain Greek yogurt with a drizzle of pure maple syrup and a handful of toasted walnuts. (Walnuts can help curve your junk food cravings, too!)
Cherry Vanilla Yogurt Bowl
Mash 1/4 cup frozen defrosted unsweetened cherries along with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract into 1 cup plain Greek yogurt. (Did you know that cherries can combat inflammatory diseases and heart conditions?)
Savory Avocado Yogurt Bowl
Remove the pit from 1/2 avocado and top with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and top with herbs, a pinch of salt, and a little hot sauce if you like. Needed more reasons to stock up on avocado? Science found another reason to splurge.
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The Doctor’s Diet Cookbook is packed with dozens of recipes that follow the 10 Food Prescriptions in the New York Times best-selling book The Doctor’s Diet, designed to help with weight loss while restoring health and preventing disease. Read more at birdstreetbooks.com. Reprinted with permission from Bird Street Books, Inc. 2014