Updated: Jul 7, 2020
Yogurt is one of my favorite ways to start the morning. Actually, I really love yogurt at any time of the day! Specifically, coconut or cashew milk yogurt. A creamy, probiotic rich, dairy alternative that's good and good for you, without the inflammatory properties that traditional cow diary invokes on some bodies.
Everyone loves a good parfait! There are so many delicious ways to enjoy yogurt, but we must be careful that we aren't deceived by the "healthy" granola and things of that nature that are on the market. Many "healthy", certified gluten free, vegan, and organic packaged items can be packed with inflammatory sugars, fillers, grains, and preservatives. We must be vigilant in our label reading! My philosophy is...
If you can't pronounce it, you probably shouldn't be eating it!
So what are some healthy toppings to start your day off with?
Here are some of my personal favorites:
Hemp hearts are rich in omega 3s and full of protein. The omegas found in hemp hearts are especially beneficial for balancing women's hormones and stabilizing blood sugar.
Walnuts, pecans, and almonds are a few of my favorite natural ways to add a bit of a crunch to my yogurt bowl! They're high in *healthy* fats, and give your breakfast a bit of extra texture and earthiness in flavor.
Berries are low in carbohydrates and lower in sugar than some other fruits, making them an optimal choice for sustaining your energy and making the most out of your fat-packed breakfast. Additionally, richly colored berries provide a great source of antioxidants to help boost your immune system, and are simply delicious!
Chia seeds, similarly to hemp hearts, are an incredible source of omega 3s. They contain some protein, and plenty of soluble fiber to help keep things moving healthily in the digestive system. My favorite part about chia seeds is their ability to really satiate you, when sprinkled on top of any dish! This is because as chia seeds are digested, they soften and expand, filling your stomach, and helping to keep you full for hours!
And last, but CERTAINLY not least, my personal favorite, nut butter! I'm in love with creamy cashew butters, almond butters, and the like. Be mindful about choosing your nut butters, based on your individual needs. Some nut butters are higher in lectins and molds. This is what makes peanut butter a common inflammatory food for many individuals. Lectins and molds are high in this legume. Naturally, almonds are a moldy nut, due to their growing conditions. If you have a sensitivity, you may want to opt for a pecan butter, or even try a seed butter, such as sun butter! Whatever butter you choose, make sure to drizzle a heaping spoonful, and enjoy the creamy, sustaining, delicious fats!
Do you have any personal favorites for yogurt toppings? I'd love to hear about them!