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This is the first week in what feels like years that the weather has been cooperating in Chicago. I just recently got back from Philly visiting one of my best friends started wearing slip ons shoes instead of boots and started yoga teacher training last Thursday – you could say it was a successful past week. For as busy and chaotic as the past week has felt, it’s also so nice to know that spring is slowly but surely coming around and with it means snacking in the sun and enjoying eating lunch in the park (me during yoga teacher training yesterday).
Now that I’m home and back to working consistently, setting my own schedule and running around from workout to yoga – I need proper nutrition. I feel like I’m getting to the point where I need to plan out my meals in advance so I’m not scrambling last minute, ordering food from an app or spending excess money that isn’t necessary.
I don’t know about you but every time there’s a shift in weather and season, how I snack/what meals I enjoy changes too. Sometimes I fall into these ruts where I barely meal prep and I find myself constantly eating out which has truly been me the last two weeks, especially because of travel. If I have a few snack options always on hand though, I’m much more prepared and far less hangry/stressed/all the things.
For what feels like since high school now, I’ve been eating Greek yogurt in some form or another. I am a Greek yogurt FANATIC. I feel like everyone has their one favorite food item and mine is this. You can truly put Greek yogurt on anything, use it as a sub for sour cream on potatoes, on tacos or quesadillas, add fresh fruit to it with granola. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert – it can seriously be incorporated into any meal (and believe me, I do incorporate it into almost. Every. meal.)
I’ve partnered with FAGE yogurt to tell you guys 3 simple snack/breakfast ideas you can use FAGE Total 0% Greek yogurt to add a little bit of protein and flavor into your meal routine.
First and foremost, one of my favorite on-the-go snacks is bringing a FAGE cup with me in my bag with a banana and a peanut butter to-go packet. When people ask me a ton for what healthy snack options are, I tell them this is a tried and true staple. If I know I’ll be out in meetings, at a coffee shop or going to my workout studio, I’ll throw a yogurt in my bag before I head out. If I don’t know how long I’ll be out, I’ll stop by a grocery store and pick one up. You can find a store locator here of where FAGE is sold but now that it’s 2019 it’s amazing how you can find Greek yogurt pretty much everywhere, and for cheap, too!
My second meal I love using Greek yogurt with is as a waffle/pancake topper. It may sound super weird and honestly whenever I post it on Instagram I always think, “will someone judge me for this?” but truly, don’t knock it until you try it.
I’ve loved using Greek yogurt on sweet snacks/meals for a creamy texture and honestly something about mixing Greek yogurt with nut butter on a waffle is just too. Damn. good. I usually stick with the Greek yogurts without any added sugar, like FAGE Total Greek Yogurt, so I can add my own fresh fruit to sweeten them.
For added spice and sweetness, I’ll sauté an apple in a tablespoon of coconut oil with a teaspoon of cinnamon on low heat until apples soften. I’ll throw those on top of the yogurt and top the waffle with that compote.
The last snack I’ll share with you that I have been eating religiously for the past few weeks, especially before yoga, is two brown rice cakes topped with Greek yogurt, a drizzle of honey and whatever fruit I have on hand (apples are the best especially when a drizzle of peanut butter is involved). It’s such a good bite to have in the middle of the day too when you’re craving something sweet but don’t need another latte or donut at work 😉
These are my top three choices for how to use FAGE Total 0% Greek yogurt but here are a few other options in case you get stuck in a rut:
– Adding it on top of my tacos with avocado and my favorite mild salsa
– Using it to create your own salad dressing with fresh seasonings
– Combining a cup of it with frozen bananas, cacao and peanut flour for a frozen dessert
Let me know what your favorite ways to use Greek yogurt are since I absolutely love mixing it up and with it being plain, you can make it go savory, sweet or both (the best part).