Greek yogurt and smoothie bowls make the ultimate protein-packed meal for any time of day. Top with a variety of colorful fruits, nuts and seeds to supply the fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients your body craves! Here’s one for each day of the week.
Last week, I was hit with the 24-hour stomach bug – it was horrible! If you’ve managed to escape the nasty bug that’s going around – lucky you. Illness like that helps you appreciate your health.
The evening before “it hit,” I was in my kitchen trying to perfect a Belgium waffle recipe. I had 5 failed attempts at the waffle before heading to bed. At 4 am, I woke up vomiting. Do you know what that means? It means you won’t be seeing a waffle recipe on my blog anytime soon. The mere thought of eating a waffle still makes me sick, let alone if I had to smell or taste one.
I rarely get sick, and thank goodness – I’m not very good at it. When I recovered, I couldn’t help but question how I got that sick. Did I fail at eating enough nutrient rich foods to protect my body from illness? Did I allow myself to get run down over the holidays? Or, are some illnesses just inevitable?
The fact is, a virus or illness can hit anytime. We can minimize our exposure to toxins, but unless you plan on living in a bubble, you can’t completely avoid them – especially this time of year. That’s why it’s so important to fill your body with the nutrients – the ones that work to keep you healthy. It doesn’t take a lot of time in the kitchen to eat right. It just takes filling your bowl with nutrient dense foods.
Greek Yogurt and Smoothie Bowls Are Filled With Nutrition
Smoothie bowls are an easy way to accomplish that task. Start with protein and calcium packed Greek yogurt, then top it with a variety colorful fruits, nuts and seeds. The combination of those foods supplies fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Together, they provide the key nutrients your body needs to help you fight off viruses and bacteria. And, they can be eaten any time of day.
Seven Balanced Greek Yogurt And Smoothie Bowls For Any Time Of Day
Cherry Smoothie Bowl Topped with Chia Seeds, Cocoa Nibs, Coconut and Pumpkin Seeds.
A combination of smooth, crunchy, sweet, bitter and tropical! A protein-packed Greek yogurt and frozen cherry base mixed with healthy fats, phytonutrients, and fiber. The pumpkin seeds add a great source of magnesium and zinc and the cherries deliver anthocyanin, quercetin and carotenoids– three bioactive compounds that work together to protect us from cardiovascular disease and cancer, and guard against diabetes related stress.
Plain Greek Yogurt Topped with Fresh Blueberries and Slivered Almonds
One heck of an easy, nourishing meal! The yogurt provides the protein and calcium, the almonds supply the healthy fats and the blueberries provide a big dose of vitamin C, manganese and polyphenols – those tiny compounds that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Vanilla Flavored Greek Yogurt Topped with Chocolate Granola, Almonds and Drizzles with Warm Peanut Butter
A bowl of deliciousness, beautifully balanced in macronutrients! Greek yogurt packs in protein, potassium, calcium, zinc and Vitamins B6 and B12, the almonds and peanut butter provide the fats and the granola balances out the carbohydrates.
Plain Greek Yogurt Topped with Strawberries, Mini Chocolate Chips, Crushed Almonds and Shredded Coconut
Chocolate lovers rejoice! This bowl provides the same high-quality protein source as the others, but mixes in a sweet treat with every bite – mini chocolate chips. You’ll get a fiber, potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants from the strawberries, and a crunch of healthy fats from the almonds. Though the amounts are small, shredded coconut contributes fiber, iron and zinc. The combination of nutrients from each of these foods adds up to a big bowl of nourishment.
Full- Fat Plain Greek Yogurt with Sliced Apples
Sometimes, simple is best! That’s what you get from thisGreek yogurt bowl. Abowl of protein packed Greek yogurt, scooped up with an apple that offers big benefits to heart health, bone health and weight management. The skin of apples containscompounds found to have powerful inhibitory effects on cancer cells in the liver, colon, and breast. Plus, a flavonoid unique to apples may enhance bone density and reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.
Low-fat Plain Greek Yogurt Topped with Diced Strawberries, Kiwi, Crushed Pretzel Pieces and Mini Chocolate Chips
Sweet, salty, crunchy, sour and smooth, all combined into one delicious bite – that’s what you get from this colorful combination. This protein packed bowl includes kiwifruit, which contributes the phytonutrient lutein to your diet. Lutein has been shown to support eye health, working to prevent age-related blindness and protects the eyes from various kinds of damage.
Plain Greek Yogurt Topped with Strawberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Crushed Walnuts and Granola
This berry and granola smoothie bowl is filled with three different types of berries – leaving you with over 6 grams of belly-filling fiber and loads of antioxidants. The oats used to make the granola deliver additional fiber and iron, and the crushed walnuts not only taste great, but are a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and an excellent source of those hard to find omega-3 fatty acids.
Cherry Greek Yogurt Smoothie Bowl Topped with Pecans, Slices of Banana, Cherries and Granola
First, let me tell you how this bowl came to be. This was my dinner the other night because I was starved when I got home. I needed something quick or else the pantry was going to get raided! I was going to make a smoothie, but honestly, I prefer to chew my meals rather than drink them. So, this was the result. I thought is was beautiful and I just had to photograph it. If you don’t like plain Greek yogurt, but you want to keep your sugar intake low, blending the yogurt with frozen fruit before adding topping is a great option. It thins the Greek yogurt (for those of you that don’t like the consistency) and it blends the sweetness into every bite. Easy, delicious and pretty, too! This is simply frozen cherries and yogurt blended, then topped with all of the goodies.
Do you make Greek yogurt and smoothie bowls? What are your favorite toppings?