Take Your Breakfast to the Next Level
Healthy, delicious yogurt is a favorite meal or snack all over the world, and for good reason! Plain, natural yogurt is made from just two ingredients and is packed with protein and other nutrients to help jump start your day or give you a boost of energy on the go.
What is yogurt?
Yogurt (also spelled yoghurt, yogourt or yoghourt) is a dairy product made by fermenting fresh milk or cream with a bacterial culture. Fermentation of the natural sugars in the milk by these bacteria produces lactic acid, which acts on the milk protein to give yogurt its smooth thick texture and characteristic tart flavor.
Health benefits of yogurt
People around the world have been eating yogurt for hundreds of years. Not only is yogurt delicious, it is also extremely nutritious:
Packed with calcium: One cup of yogurt contains 50% of your recommended daily intake of calcium, which is necessary for healthy bones and teeth
High in B vitamins: Yogurt contains high levels of vitamin B12 and riboflavin, which help protect against heart disease and some neural tube birth defects
Contains essential nutrients: One cup of yogurt provides 28% of your daily phosphorus, 10% of your daily magnesium, and 12% for potassium
Promotes gut health: Some yogurts contain active bacteria known as probiotics, which aids digestion and contributes to your intestinal health
Plain vs Flavored Yogurt
But there’s a catch - these benefits apply to PLAIN yogurt. Many store-bought flavored yogurts contain so much sugar, artificial flavors, and preservatives, that you might as well be eating dessert.
The beauty of plain yogurt, especially homemade, is that you can customize it by adding your favorite fruit, jam, sweetener, or toppings for unlimited flavor combinations without all the additives.
Read on for a list of our favorite toppings and mix-ins that will keep you eating healthy and happy for weeks!
Homemade or store-bought muesli or trail mix
Crumbled cookies - try graham crackers, Oreos, or arrowroot
Fresh homemade granola
Roasted pepitas or pumpkin seeds
Shelled sunflower seeds
A sprinkle of coconut or demerara sugar
Chopped mixed nuts toasted in maple syrup
Chia or poppy seeds
Toasted sesame seeds
Plain, salted, or honey roasted peanuts or pecans
Whole or sliced almonds
Crumbled dry cereal
Passion fruit pulp with the seeds
Tart sliced star fruit
Tastes Like Dessert
Frozen mixed berries or mango
Homemade rhubarb or cherry compote
Sliced bananas rolled in shredded coconut
Chocolate, peanut butter, or butterscotch chips
Dried cherries, blueberries, raspberries, or cranberries
Chopped dried apricots, apples, kiwi, or mango
Fresh young coconut pulp
Honey, agave nectar, date syrup, or maple syrup
Caramelized roasted pineapple slices
Ground spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice
A dollop of cashew, peanut, almond, or pea butter
Soba cha (buckwheat tea)
Fiber-rich wheat germ
Roasted diced butternut squash
Protein-rich hemp hearts
Drizzled extra-virgin olive oil
Chopped fresh herbs like parsley, basil, mint, thyme, or sage
Fresh or frozen avocado chunks
A tiny drizzle of sesame oil
Roasted beets, carrots, or parsnips
Chewy crystallized ginger
A pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
Crumbled feta cheese
Sliced black, green, or kalamata olives
Fresh ground peppercorns
Store-bought or Homemade Yogurt?
Of course, before you add your toppings you have to choose your base. Store-bought and homemade plain yogurt will both work as a blank slate for building a delicious breakfast, but in our experience, store-bought yogurt just can’t compare to homemade in either price or flavor. Making yogurt at home might seem intimidating at first but with a countertop yogurt maker like this one from Total Chef it couldn’t be easier - it even comes with individual-sized jars and lids so you’ll never need to buy single-serving yogurt cups again!