Breakfast Yogurt Bowls-linkStart your day with a bowl of creamy Greek yogurt topped with a variety of fruit, grains, nuts, and seeds – wholesome and nutritious!

Plain Greek yogurt is low in calories and packed with calcium and live bacterial cultures. It’s also higher in protein than regular yogurt. A  6-ounce serving contains around 15 to 20 grams of protein. Add fresh fruit, nuts and a spoonful of grains (great sources of more protein, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants), and you have an energy-packed bowl of deliciousness to start your day right.

Experiment with texture and flavour. For those who prefer something more savoury than sweet in the morning, the tangy taste of Greek yogurt blends well with many herbs (fresh mint, basil, cilantro, thyme or dill) and seasonings (fresh roasted garlic, pesto, curry, chili flakes, cayenne pepper, coarse salt). Add quinoa, amaranth, or leftover cooked whole grains instead of granola or muesli and grilled or roasted vegetables instead of fruit. Pistachio nuts, pumpkin seeds, roasted sunflower seeds, chia seeds, roasted chickpeas, and pine nuts all add a welcome crunch.

Try some of our favourite combinations below, or have fun creating your own!

Breakfast Yogurt Bowls-avocado bowl

Avocado Cream Parfait – Puree avocado slices with a little Greek yogurt and a dash of lemon or orange juice. In a glass, add a few tablespoons of cereal (corn or bran flakes) and chopped walnuts. Add a dollop of avocado cream followed by a dollop of plain Greek yogurt. Top with a sprinkling of chopped walnuts and pistachios.

Super Bowl – Top one cup of Greek yogurt with 1/4 cup fresh blueberries, banana slices, unsweetened coconut flakes, dried cranberries or cherries (unsweetened), 2 tablespoons rolled oats (or granola), a few walnut halves, and 1 tablespoon chia seeds.

Tropical Bowl – One cup Greek yogurt topped with 1/4 cup sliced melon, one whole kiwi, sliced, 1/2 banana, sliced, 1 teaspoon of shredded coconut, and raw or roasted, unsalted cashews for a little crunch.

Go Berry Bowl – In a blender, add 1 cup Greek yogurt, 1 banana, and 3/4 cup fresh berries (or frozen berry mix, thawed); puree until smooth.  Pour puree mixture into a bowl and top with goji berries and raw slivered almonds.

Southern Comfort – 1 cup vanilla flavoured Greek Yogurt topped with sliced peaches and walnuts, drizzled with honey, and sprinkled with cinnamon.

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