5 Healthy Additions to Your Morning Yogurt
Firstly, well done committing to your daily dose of probiotic food. Yoghurt can be a great source of good bacteria and can contain plenty of protein! Whether you stick with proyo, or coconut yoghurt, or good old plain vanilla, they all have great qualities.
But you might be bored with your current routine, or do you just want to get more bang from your brekky?
Here are 5 healthy additions to your morning yoghurt
1) Seasonal Fruit
If you are keen on getting the kids involved, cutting up bite sized pieces of fruit and serving them buffet style is guaranteed a bit of fun.
Bite-sized pieces of fruit that are easy to scoop up are always a winner. Fruits such as mango, pineapple, kiwifruit, banana, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or other fresh or frozen seasonal fruit, that add colour and texture will provide beautiful vitamins and minerals, as well as sweetness to your breakfast.
2) Nuts and Seeds
Not only do nuts and seeds add extra crunch and flavour, they are packed full of fibre and protein, they are fantastic brain foods. Add some chopped nuts and seeds such as walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), hulled hemp seeds, and chia seeds
3) Homemade Granola
Granola isn't just something your grandma eats. You can add this to yours or your kids lunchboxes, have it as a snack, or sprinkle over your brekky in the mornings!
If you are going to dive in and give homemade granola a go, keep in mind you will need to allow 1.5 hours in the oven for most recipes. Store it in an airtight container (after it has had time to cool and get crunchy)
Basic recipes can include 6 cup oats, 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut, 3/4 cup your choice of flour, pinch salt, 2 tablespoons cinnamon, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup melted coconut oil, 0.5 -1 cup honey, 2 1/2 tablespoons vanilla, 1 cup nuts (optional extra but I recommend!!)
Try to keep it as clumpy as possible so it doesn't turn to crumbs too quickly
4) Extra Toppings
These are basic ingredients I usually have sitting in my pantry for baking and other recipes. Don't be scared to experiment with anything from as toasted coconut flakes, chocolate chips, cinnamon (great for blood sugar regulation), cocoa nibs, cocoa powder (anything chocolate is delicious)
- And for the kids sweetener to taste (such as honey or maple syrup)
When you are transitioning to a natural yoghurt (one without added sugars) it can be a bit less than satisfying. So while your making the change, allow yourself to add a small amount of maple syrup, honey or stevia to your yoghurt. Kids tend to appreciate their yoghurt more when it is a bit sweeter too (and you can gradually reduce this over time - without them noticing usually!)