I am a big fan of putting meals into a bowl – grain with protein with sauce with veggies. It offers infinite possibilities and encourages ample use of veggies. But while I have made good use of the bowl for dinner, I haven’t really utilized it as a breakfast builder (beyond cereal or oatmeal), until now. And, the good news is that you can pull yogurt bowls together in a matter of minutes each morning. Here’s a formula to get you started:
Step 1: Start with a strong base: ok, this might go without saying, but you really need to make sure you start with a good yogurt. This is no time to use a pre-sweetened option and you want something thick that will stand up to your toppings.
Step 2: Stir in some texture: Not to be confused with the next step, this is where you can build in some important nutrients and take the yogurt up a notch. Think: chia seeds, flax meal, or nut butter.
Step 3: Add crunch: This is the step that transforms your yogurt bowl into a meal that will get you through the morning. Think: granola, puffed cereal, or nuts
Step 4: Top with fruit: Follow the seasons or stock up on your fruit staples. Think: bananas, berries, or peaches
Step 5: And drizzle with sweetener: If you want a little extra kick of sweetness, you can add another topping like chocolate chips and dried coconut or you can drizzle with your go-to sweetener. Think: honey, maple syrup, or agave.
Bonus tips to make it even easier:
- Pull from your pantry. You don’t need to go out and buy a bunch of ingredients to make this dish work. Use whatever fruit you have lying around; the remnants of cereal; and random baking supplies.
- Prep your pantry. At our house, we have a long list of go-to pantry items that we can use daily and across multiple meal times, like bananas, frozen fruit, oatmeal, and nuts. We buy them in bulk and use them liberally!
- Get creative in your presentation. You can present this as a traditional yogurt bowl or mix it up and make it as a parfait in an old mason jar. You can even go wild and crazy by placing it in a blender for a thick smoothie!
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