Saturday, June 21, 2014

Super Food Breakfast of Champions

{FYI this is an in-depth post about yogurt.  Yup, I'm weird, deal with it.}

For always I've had a bowl of cereal for breakfast.  I love milk and cereal, so why not?  But as much as I love a bowl of crunchy cold goodness, it never filled me up for very long.

So not too long ago I made the switch to a breakfast still rich in dairy but packed with a lot more protein.  Oh yes, I'm talking Greek yogurt people.  And to make it even more awesome, I've jazzed it up to basically be a super food all-star meal to get your day off to the best start that has all the awesome elements - creamy, crunchy, and fruity, boom.

> 1/2 cup 2% or Full-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt (I like Fage).
> 1 teaspoon Raw Honey
> 1 to 2 Tablespoons Slivered Almonds
> 1/2 cup Blueberries

Oh yes people these are four awesome foods for you all in one! What's not to love?

Some things to note about the yogurt:
-- 2% or full-fat, none of this non-fat nonsense.  You need some fat in your diet -- especially in your diary.  Sometimes (a lot of times) it's hard to find the full-fat greek so 2% will do.
-- Also, plain.  Trust me, it might take a week or two to get used to but the honey adds just enough sweetness.  And after you make the switch, that sugar packed yogurt will taste gross (because it is).

Process -- I mix in each ingredient one at a time to make sure they get fully incorporated (honey, then almonds, then blueberries), but that's just my method to the madness.

On the weekends when I'm feeling crazy I add a couple of drops of vanilla and almond extract and 1 Tablespoon of chocolate chips. I know, crazy! Crazy delicious.

And, for a sweet treat at night, I'll do chocolate chips and blackberry syrup (no honey needed). Jam would work too. (Basically non-frozen yogurt...)

So yes, all this is to say - I've switched from cereal to jazzed up yogurt in the AM and it's awesome. I'm now nicely filled until lunch from a breakfast of champions full of super (delicious) foods.