Add a sweetener like maple syrup.
Maple syrup takes less than a minute to mix into your yogurt and instantly adds some sweet flavor.
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 more tasty and less healthy by adding sweeteners (like honey), fats (like butter or oil), and/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 this yogurt has too much sugar or not enough taste. Adding the sweetener yourself puts you in control.
A few other ways to make yogurt taste sweeter include agave, honey, splenda, stevia, and sugar.
Mix in some peanuts, cashews, almonds, or pumpkin seeds.
Nuts and seeds not only improve flavor but they also make greek yogurt a more complete meal. Peanuts and peanut butter are a frequently used combination 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 is important because while both foods contain a variety of nutrients, some people are allergic to peanuts and/or tree nuts. The only limit is your creativity. Here's a few different options:
Nut butters also make plain yogurt taste better. Here's a few more ideas:
What is a complete meal?
A complete meal generally consists of a mix of carbohydrates, fat, and protein. The optimal ratio is a matter of debate and may vary on a case to case basis. In regards to greek yogurt, adding carbohydrate-heavy food (like fruit) or healthy fat-heavy food (like nuts or seeds) makes the yogurt more complete. [Learn More]
Make your own homemade, honey yogurt.
Most grocery stores have honey-flavored yogurt. However, refrigerated honey usually doesn't taste as good as fresh honey. In addition, by adding your own honey, you can control the exact amount of sugar in the yogurt.
Furthermore, the honey added to pre-mixed, grocery store yogurt might be less nutritious than honey you purchase yourself. Nature Nate's Honey is raw, unfiltered, and pure. It also tastes great.
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 when he launched his TB12 Nutrition Manual.
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.
Add some 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? Goji berries are a yogurt/fruit combination you won't see at most grocery stores.
Health Benefits of Goji Berries
Goji berries have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. They're low in calories, fat-free, a good source of fiber, and are high in antioxidants and nutrients. [Learn More]
Or you can always go with classic yogurt and fruit flavors. Here's 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
Make yogurt even healthier with some granola or cereal grains.
5 Reasons to Try KIND Healthy Grains Clusters
- Eating whole grains usually requires 30-60 minutes of cooking and cleanup. KIND Grains are ready instantly.
- Regular granola is just oats. KIND Grains is made up of a mix of oats, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, and quinoa.
- They come in a variety of delicious flavors including Peanut Butter, Oats & Honey, Maple Quinoa, and Cinnamon Oat with Flax.
- They're gluten-free, low in sodium, and adhere to KIND's philosophy of making food with "ingredients you can see and pronounce".
- They're extremely versatile. They work as a quick snack, an add-on to foods like yogurt, or the base for a complete meal.
Like mentioned earlier, adding nuts or seeds is a great way to make greek yogurt a more complete meal. Adding granola is another way to do so. However, rather than just adding granola, which is made from oats, we recommend KIND Healthy Grains Clusters, which contains a diversified mix of oats, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, and quinoa. They also improve the taste of yogurt with flavors like Oats & Honey, Maple Quinoa, and Cinnamon Oat with Flax.
Another interesting product is Nature's Path Qi'a Chia, Buckwheat, and Hemp Cereal. It contains buckwheat groats, chia seeds, and hemp seeds, which gives it a diverse mix of carbohydrates and healthy fats. 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. It also adds a nice crunch to yogurt.
You could also try popular breakfast staples like Froot Loops or Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Since many breakfast cereals contain wheat flour and sugar, they're probably not as healthy as actual whole grains, but they'll definitely make plain greek yogurt taste better. 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. In addition, the process of creating flour often strips out many of the nutrients found in whole grains. Wheat flour also cause you to absorb more calories, which slowly makes you gain weight. A case could also be made that you should avoid wheat completely.
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 a variety of other foods.
Make your yogurt tastier, crunchier, and energizing with some cacao nibs.
Cacao nibs are better for you than dark chocolate as 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 works great in yogurt, too.
Try something even more different by mixing yogurt and salsa.
We haven't tried this for ourselves yet but salsa and yogurt seems to be a surprisingly popular combination. Salsa and yogurt is frequently used as a different kind of dip but it could also serve as a quick snack.