Yo, Yogurt

November 10, 2014

Earlier this semester, BYL’s student group sweetened its weekly meeting with a “yogurt buffet.” The group enjoyed Greek frozen yogurt with a smorgasbord of toppings: strawberries, raspberries, sliced almonds, honey, dark chocolate, and chia seeds.

 

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We opted for fro yo to make this snack more of a dessert, since the meeting was 9 PM. For less added sugar, unsweetened or minimally sweetened yogurt is a better choice. Greek yogurt it also a great choice, since it has about twice as much protein as normal yogurt. In addition to protein, yogurt has calcium for strong bones and probiotics for healthy digestion.

If you don’t like plain yogurt or if you want something a little more filling, try adding some toppings. Here’s some inspiration:

  • For protein and healthy fats: a scoop of peanut butter or other nut butter, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds
  • For vitamins and fiber: berries, sliced fruit like peaches and bananas, frozen fruit, dried fruit, coconut
  • For spice: a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, cardamom
  • For a little extra sweetness: dark chocolate chips, a drizzle of honey or maple syrup, a small dollop of jam

Are you vegan? Or just not yogurt fan? Try all of the toppings above on plain oatmeal.

Or maybe you’re already a self-proclaimed yogurt-topping expert. Take it to the next level with this: http://www.buzzfeed.com/emofly/healthy-yogurt-toppings

However you decide to eat yogurt, keep it in mind as not only a breakfast item, but as a healthful and filling snack any time of day.

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