They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While breakfast food is my favorite "kind" of food, breakfast is sometimes the hardest meal for me to eat. I never want to eat when I first wake up. My body seems to need a few hours to wake up and get ready for the day. I do much better drinking a cup of coffee followed by some lemon water to awake my digestion system, and stick to more of a "brunch" than "breakfast" meal. Many days my breakfast and lunch are lumped together, and due to my love of breakfast foods, what I eat is more reminiscent of that "most important meal".
I have been on a yogurt kick lately. The morning is also the time I'm most slow and lazy. I just struggle getting my feet to move, getting motivated, and getting stuff done. Yogurt bowls have become a great source of inspiration for me in the morning, as they are simple and assembly-only, yet have seemingly infinite possibilities! It gives this foodie a reason to use all those obscure food powders and toppings in jars that have been collected over time. If some of you love yogurt bowls like I do, I created a yogurt bowl for every day of the week. The yogurt used for each bowl is plain Greek yogurt. It gives me a plain canvas to sweeten and flavor however I want. These bowls are meant to be adjusted, recreated, and most of all inspiring. So if you don't have a topping that I included for one bowl, use what you have in your own kitchen and experiment!
Day 1 ~ Stone Fruit and Seeds
This bowl was topped with one of the last precious summer plums I had in my home, followed by slivered almonds, flax seeds, chia seeds, agave nectar, and a hint of bee pollen. The taste was sweet and light.
Day 2 ~ Chocolate Almond
Yogurt was mixed with agave and cacao powder (cocoa powder can be a substitute), then topped with flax seeds, cacao nibs, and bee pollen. Taste had depth and richness from the dark chocolate.
Day 3 ~ Fruit Fondue
WHAT UP, YA'LL. This bowl was my favorite! It tasted like I was eating dessert. This bowl was yogurt mixed with agave and cacao powder, then topped with fresh berries, cacao nibs, and bee pollen. Fruit and chocolate is ALWAYS a good idea.
Day 4 ~ Matcha Moringa Madness
This was the most unique bowl of the week. This won second place in my house after fruit fondue. I love the green tea notes!! The perfect mix of sweet and earthy. I love unique dimension to a bowl. Yogurt was lightly sweetened with agave, mixed with matcha and moringa powders, and topped with lots of extras: diced green apples, chopped pistachios, flax seeds, and chia.
Day 5 ~ The Bee's Knees
This bowl was an ode to my love for all things bees. Sweetened with honey, the yogurt was then topped with flax seeds, bee pollen, and lavender. If you have never tried bee pollen, it is one of my favorite toppings of all time. I put it on as much foods as I can. It is extremely complex tasting. Sweet hits your tongue first, then a hint of earthiness, followed by tang and a bit of bitterness as an aftertaste. So much in little tiny specks! The pollen differentiates in color according to what flower the bee pollinated at that time.
Day 6 ~ Peanut Butter Cup
This was the richest of the bowls, and felt like a hefty breakfast that satiated me for hours. Yogurt was mixed with peanut butter and agave, then topped with chopped peanuts, cacao nibs, and pepitas (pumpkin seeds).
Day 7 ~ Naked Apple Streusel
The credit for this idea goes to one of my besties, Natalie DeLaPorte. I was telling her about my yogurt project and that I wanted to incorporate apples into a bowl somehow, and she said to do an apple streusel inspired concoction! Yogurt was slightly sweetened with cinnamon applesauce, then topped with stewed chopped apples and cinnamon. That's it. I didn't want to weigh the bowl down with anything extra or crunchy. It needed nothing more, as this bowl was sublime with just a few ingredients.
There you have it! My yogurt obsession is still going strong. Breakfast is still my favorite, even though I still don't usually eat until 11:30 in the morning. And I've decided that plain yogurt is one of the most versatile foods on the planet. It can go a hundred different ways, like chicken breasts or a tilapia filet. A blank canvas ready for you to create it into whatever you want it to be. So have fun with it, try something new, or create something tried and true. What are your favorite ways to use yogurt? Xoxo!