Yoga Kitchen & Co.: Yummy Yogurt Topping Combos

Yogurt may seem boring, yet it’s anything but basic. It’s a great go to for breakfast or a pick-me-up snack that is low-carb, high-protein requiring little effort packing major flavor. Yogurt is a source of calcium which can help to reduce PMS and relax your muscles. It also contains live cultures which promote healthy digestion.

There are tons of yogurt options out there and it’s pretty tempting to buy containers that have fruit and other things already in it. DON’T! That stuff is riddled with all the nasties - high-fructose corn syrup, modified corn starch and Red 40 - all of which should be avoided since they are unnecessary and can lead to weight gain. Bottom-line, If you can't find any flavored yogurts without these added ingredients, go for the plain version and make your own! Maybe try adding some nuts and seeds like pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds; and/or dried fruit like raisins, dates or cranberries. You’re cutting out all the processed stuff and you know exactly what's going into it.

A few things to consider:

  • Whatever the brand, whenever possible try to buy organic yogurt.

  • Eat seasonally whenever possible is a cost effective way to eat happy and healthy without breaking the bank.

Below are some delicious and nutritious recipes to get you going. Try some of these toppings with your yogurt of choice, be it Greek, Coconut, Soy, Almond, Unstrained, Goat Milk, Skyr (Icelandic) or Sheep Milk. So, grab a spoon and dig into this yummy goodness.


    CHIA YOGURT PUDDING

    INGREDIENTS:

    • 2 cup yogurt, your preference

    • 1½   tablespoon chia seeds

    • 1 teaspoon of raw honey or agave syrup (optional)

    • SUGGESTED TOPPINGS: mixed berries, cacao nibs, sunflower seeds, and/or toasted coconut.

    DIRECTIONS: Mix yogurt, chia seeds, and agave syrup in a bowl; cover and chill overnight. Serve, drizzled with more agave, if you like and topped with your preferred choice. 

    Health Benefit Notes:

    • Chia seeds are so beneficial is due to them being rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins and minerals.

    • Great energy and metabolism boost.

    • Chia seeds can prevent premature skin aging due to inflammation free radical damage.

    • Because of honey’s anti-inflammatory properties, it is able to help reduce allergy symptoms as well as boost your immune system.

    BONUS: Sundaze Sundae: yogurt edition Sometimes I like to dress up my laziness by putting my morning yogurt in a wine glass. Sundays are my chill days but a girls got to eat. After I work in some gentle movements to wake my body and iron out the kinks, I fuel up with my, "Oh You Fancy, huh" Sundaze Sundae yogurt edition

    BONUS: Sundaze Sundae: yogurt edition

    Sometimes I like to dress up my laziness by putting my morning yogurt in a wine glass. Sundays are my chill days but a girls got to eat. After I work in some gentle movements to wake my body and iron out the kinks, I fuel up with my, "Oh You Fancy, huh" Sundaze Sundae yogurt edition

    CHOCOLATE, STRAWBERRY WITH GRANOLA

    INGREDIENTS:

    • 1 cup yogurt, your preference

    • 1 teaspoon dark chocolate or cacao nibs

    • 1 tablespoon of strawberries

    • 1 teaspoon of granola

    DIRECTIONS:  Sprinkle some granola, strawberries and chocolate in a glass then top with yogurt, repeat and enjoy!

    Health Benefit Notes:

    • Strawberries protect your heart, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and guard against cancer.

    • Granola contains fiber which helps to regulate digestion and prevent constipation.

    • Cocoa boosts blood circulation to the fine capillaries in the top layer of skin, vessels that are better equipped to draw oxygen and nutrients that protect skin against dehydration and burns.


    LEMON, ALMOND and POPPY SEEDS

    INGREDIENTS:

    • 1 cup yogurt, your preference

    • 1 teaspoon of poppy seeds

    • 1 teaspoon sliced almonds

    • 1/4th fresh squeezed lemon juice

    • Almond extract

    DIRECTIONS: Stir lemon juice and a dash of almond extract into yogurt. Top with poppy seeds and sliced almonds.

    Health Benefit Notes:

    • 1 teaspoon provides measurable amounts of calcium, iron and zinc.

    • Almond extract is full of proteins, vitamins and minerals. Almonds contain good fats and a lot of fiber, and are low in carbohydrates.

    • Lemons contain more potassium than apples or grapes. Potassium is beneficial to the heart.

    • The health benefits of almonds include lower blood sugar levels, reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. They can also reduce hunger and promote weight loss.

    TURMERIC, CINNAMON, ALMOND, GINGER

    INGREDIENTS:

    • 1 cup yogurt, your preference

    • 1 teaspoon sliced almonds

    • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

    • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

    • ¼ teaspoon ginger powder

    DIRECTIONS: mix turmeric, cinnamon and ginger into yogurt and top with almonds.

    Health Benefit Notes:

    • Turmeric is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

    • Turmeric  has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.

    • Research shows that just smelling cinnamon enhances cognitive processing, but consuming it significantly ups brain function.

    • ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating discomfort and pain in the stomach.