53 Simple Ways to Make Greek Yogurt Taste Better
Greek yogurt is a great addition to your diet. However, it often tastes bland. Luckily, it's very easy to make plain, greek yogurt taste good. Read on to learn about what to add to yogurt to make it taste less sour and more sweet.
1. Make your yogurt tastier, crunchier, and energizing with some cacao nibs.
Cacao nibs are likely better for you than dark chocolate since they're less processed and contain less sugar. They also contain a small amount of caffeine so your yogurt can provide a kick, too. Dark chocolate or milk chocolate makes yogurt taste good, too.
2. Add a sweetener like maple syrup or honey.
Maple syrup takes less than 30 seconds to mix into your yogurt and instantly makes yogurt taste better.
By adding the sweetener yourself, you also get to control the health to taste ratio of the yogurt. The "healthiness" of a food can be complicated, subjective, and impossible to truly know. With that said, you can generally make food tastier and less healthy by adding sweeteners (like honey), fats (like butter or oil), or salts.
Less healthy isn't necessarily a bad thing. "Less healthy broccoli" is probably better for you than regular fried chicken. Health to Taste Ratio is simply how tasty/healthy you choose to prepare a meal. This isn't true with pre-mixed yogurt from grocery stores. Sometimes grocery-store yogurt has too much sugar or too little taste. Adding the sweetener before eating lets you decide.
A few other ways to make yogurt taste sweeter include agave, honey, Splenda, stevia, and sugar.
3. Mix in some nuts, seeds, or nut butters.
Nuts and seeds not only improve flavor and add crunch but they also make greek yogurt a more complete meal. Peanut butter is a popular option, but if you're allergic to peanuts, you can try any tree nut or seed. Most nuts like almonds, cashews, and pecans are tree nuts. Peanuts are a huge exception. They're actually legumes, which makes them related to beans, peas, and lentils.
This fact is important because while both foods contain a variety of nutrients, some people are allergic to peanuts or tree nuts. Here are a few different options:
- Peanut Butter, PB2, or Peanuts
- Seeds: Chia Seeds, Hemp Seeds, Pine Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seed Kernels
- Tree Nuts: Almonds, Cashews, Pecans
- Nut Butters: Almond Butter, Cashew Butter
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4. Eat like Tom Brady and add some avocados to your yogurt.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is known for having an eccentric but effective diet. His diet is one of the reasons he still delivers peak performance at an age where most NFL players have already retired. Tom revealed his favorite recipe before launching his book, The TB12 Method.
The answer? Avocado ice cream. Avocados go great with a variety of foods including yogurt. And seeing that most people consider greek yogurt to be healthier than ice cream, you'd be eating healthier than Tom Brady.
5. Try something different with sweet and spicy yogurt.
You don't usually see many types of spicy yogurt at the grocery store. Spicy yogurt is definitely more unconventional than maple syrup, honey, nuts, or seeds. But if you want to try something different, add some spice. Some of our favorite pairings include honey/vanilla and apple/cinnamon, but any of these spices will improve the taste of your yogurt and countless other foods.
6. Add some goji berries or other kinds of fruit.
Yogurt with fruit is a common staple at most grocery stores. You'll typically find everything from Valencia orange to blueberry to pineapple. Want to try something different? Yogurt with raw, organic goji berries is a yogurt and fruit combination you won't see at most grocery stores.
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Or you can always go with classic yogurt and fruit flavors. Here are a few of the most popular fruits to add to yogurt:
- Berries: Blackberries, Blueberries, Pomegranates, Raspberries, Strawberries
- Citrus: Lemons, Limes, Oranges
- Tropical: Bananas, Mangoes, Passion Fruits, Pineapples
- More: Cherries, Peaches, Watermelons
7. Make yogurt even healthier with some granola or cereal grains.
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KIND Healthy Grains are a tasty, diverse mix of whole grains that works great as a snack or as an add-in for yogurt or other types of food.
Like mentioned earlier, adding nuts or seeds makes yogurt a more complete meal by adding healthy fat content. In the past, eating foods with a large percentage of fat was frowned upon. The debate has changed recently. It's now believed that many high-fat foods are good for you. In particular, certain foods like olive oil, avocados, and walnuts are considered to be healthy fats. Granola and cereal grains completes the meal with quality, slow-acting carbohydrates.
One of our personal favorites is KIND Healthy Grains Clusters. It tastes good and is much more nutritionally diverse than granola, which is mostly oat-based. KIND's mix contains oats, brown rice, millet and pseudo-grains like buckwheat, millet, amaranth, and quinoa.
You could also try popular breakfast staples like Froot Loops, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, or any grocery-store cereal. However, since many breakfast cereals contain wheat flour and added sugar, they're probably not as healthy as actual whole grains. A whole grain is simply a grain like rice in its original intact form versus eating a processed derivative like rice flour. Eating whole grains instead of refined grains has a variety of benefits including more nutrients, more fiber, and better satiety.
Why should I probably avoid wheat flour?
It's generally suggested to replace refined wheat flour with whole grains for a variety of reasons. First, thanks to their high glycemic index, most flours actually make you more hungry. Also, the process of creating flour often strips out many of the nutrients found in whole grains. Wheat flour also causes you to absorb more calories, which slowly makes you gain weight. A case could even be made that you should avoid wheat completely.
8. Try something even more different by mixing yogurt and salsa.
We haven't tried this yet, but a mix of salsa and yogurt seems to be a surprisingly popular combination as either a dip or a snack.
9. Or go with a less-healthy option in moderation.