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BERRY Natural Yogurt Bowl

One of my favorite snacks has always been yogurt and I’ve never been picky about it. In my adult life I pretty much only eat plain, Greek yogurt and the occasional fro yo treat. When I’m in a hurry I’ll eat it on the go (and leave the metal spoon in my car when I’m finished lol) or at least try to mix in any type of berry.

Mixing berries into yogurt is just the beginning of what can be done to transform plain yogurt into a fun and flavorful snack. Lately I’ve been rockin a new mixture that I absolutely love & want to share because it is packed with SO much natural goodness all with a fresh, savory/sweet taste.

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Greek Yogurt – Full Fat

  • Always, always always opt for the full(er) fat versions of foods. I love Fage because I feel like it is a true original taste and seems to have the least amount of sugar compared to others on the shelf. No matter which brand you choose, make sure there is less than 8-10g sugar and at least 5 live cultures. Anything higher in sugar or with less cultures will not provide the nutritional value that the right yogurt could give.

Fresh Blueberries

  • I personally love blueberries with this mixture mostly because there are no seeds but strawberries are a good second choice! Now that we are in the summer season, check out a local farmer’s market for a basket of your favorite berries!

Cinnamon

  • This spice is a huge staple in my breakfasts and snacks, ESPECIALLY during times that I specifically cutting sugar.  I find cinnamon to be on the sweeter side (than spicy), and while not everyone may taste it the same, it definitely helps to balance out the bitterness of the yogurt. Aside from taste,  cinnamon has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which helps boost the benefits of this breakfast or snack bowl.

Manuka Honey

  • The first I ever heard of Manuka honey was from a college friend who discovered he had celiac and began doing a ton of research on natural foods & nutrition. I have to start by saying you’ll be hooked on this honey after the first taste because of its unique, floral sweetness. It comes from New Zealand where bees pollinate Manuka bushes, creating this delicious honey that is known to be one of the most beneficial forms in the world. If I had to sum up the number one reason it is basically because Manuka heals just about everything from the inside out.

Bee Pollen

  • Speaking of bees… I’ve seen bee pollen being incorporated into more and more foods over the last few months so it was a pleasant surprise when my mom randomly picked me up a small bag when she saw it at the market. This bowl was the first time I tried bee pollen and I really liked the nutty flavor it added. Since I plan to experiment with it more, I wanted to learn more about it and…
    • Google says the benefits of bee pollen are: Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and it is approximately 40% protein. It is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body.
    • Dr.Axe shares a full list of benefits here with the top being – it helps to reduce inflammation and is a good source of antioxidants to support your immune system.

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This combo ended up being SO super delicious & there are so many different ways to enjoy a yogurt bowl as breakfast or for a snack. The best thing about them is the amount of nutrients you can sneak in from ingredients that also double to add a ton of flavor.  What started as a kitchen experiment had now turned into inspiration to make more fun flavored & natural bowls. Do you have a favorite combo or killer ingredient to share?! I’d love to hear 🙂

 

x Amanda

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