Creative Ideas for Plain Yogurt

18 Jan

Typically I eat cereal for breakfast, but this past week I switched to yogurt. Recently I have loved getting those Greek yogurts that have a portion of honey or fruit goo attached, but that is unfortunately not the most economical way to purchase yogurt.

Instead of purchasing individual packages, I decided to get a larger 32-ounce container to last me the whole week. Looking at similar sizes of store-brand Greek yogurt, the vanilla yogurt had 17 grams of sugar and 15 grams of protein per serving. The plain yogurt has just 8 grams of sugar and 18 grams of protein. Especially since I was going to add in other ingredients, this was a no brainer for me. I went with the plain yogurt that had much less sugar and a little more protein!

Jazzing up Plain Yogurt

The plain yogurt is a little tart to begin with, so I have tried a few different add-ons to the yogurt throughout the week.

Nutella – B
The Nutella was very yummy mixed in with the yogurt. I did have some trouble getting it to become incorporated, though. I spent most of the time licking yogurt off the nutella-covered spoon, which was okay with me.

Peanut Butter – A-
Since the Nutella morning went fairly well, I also tried peanut butter. My brand (Teddie) is a little runny, so it mixed into the yogurt very well. The heaping teaspoon of peanut butter added to protein-heavy yogurt also made me feel full throughout the morning. i would definitely eat this again as a quick meal when I’m on the run.

caramel syrup and plain yogurt

Caramel Syrup – C
I have this around the house from fancy hot chocolate at my holiday party. The sugar content of a teaspoon is still less than that of vanilla yogurt, so I gave it a shot. I mixed the caramel into the yogurt but then could barely taste any additional flavor. The yogurt wasn’t tart anymore, but it wasn’t caramel-y. I am least likely to try this mix-in again.

Strawberry Jam – C+
I added a teaspoon of strawberry fruit spread from Wegmans (it is a runny style of jam). As with the caramel, I couldn’t taste much of the sweetness of the jam, but it made the yogurt more neutral and very slightly sweet. I think this would be a good thing to add along with granola.

Those are all the unique ideas I had for my yogurt. Do you have any other favorites? I continue to love adding granola and/or honey, as well!

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3 Responses to “Creative Ideas for Plain Yogurt”

  1. Her Happy Balance January 18, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Try almond butter in your yogurt too! I think it will miss into the yogurt better than the Nutella if you heat it up a little first 🙂 Great post, I definitely currently pay too much for the yogurts with the goo attatched 🙂

    • Lauren January 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by! I’ll definitely try the almond butter next time I have it around.

  2. prettygirl1920 January 18, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    You had my attention at Nutella!!!!

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