Yogurt, folks, is a great addition to any diet. As noted by Heathline, this wonder-in-a-cup is full of important nutrients like calcium, high in protein, can boost digestive health and may even help immune health and protect you from osteoporosis (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-benefits-of-yogurt#TOC_TITLE_HDR_5). But let’s face it: it can be a little boring at times, especially if you eat it regularly. While there are a lot of varieties out there, many of them have a lot of added sugars, which is often a no-no if you’re watching your diet.
The good news is that you can add some fun dressings to your yogurt to gain more nutritional benefits without adding a candy bar’s worth of sugar at the same time.
Dark chocolate and raspberries
A classic combination, both dark chocolate and raspberries add flavor and benefits to your yogurt without turning it into a complete sugar bomb. As noted by the Harvard School of Public Health, eating dark chocolate may protect your heart and help keep your blood pressure lower thanks to its high cocoa content (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/food-features/dark-chocolate/). Raspberries are rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, according to Medical News Today (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283018).
Just a small amount of berries and some dark chocolate shavings are all you need to liven up your yogurt. It also makes for a decent sweet treat with far less guilt!
Toasted nuts with maple syrup
Nuts are a solid source of fiber and vitamins. To give your breakfast yogurt some pizazz, simply chop up some of your preferred nuts and toast them in a pan on your stove over medium-low heat for about five minutes, which is enough boost the flavor while keeping the nuts crisp. Sprinkle these over your yogurt and then drizzle just a bit of maple syrup on top to help prevent a dry-tasting crunch experience.
Fresh mint with watermelon
Watermelon, like some other melons, is full of vitamins C and A and other beneficial plant nutrients, according to Healthline (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/watermelon-health-benefits). It is, unfortunately, also full of sugar, which leaves it off of many people’s preferred fruit lists when it comes to eating better. You can, however, add some watermelon flavor to your yogurt without a ton of sugar by simply putting a ball of watermelon on top. Add on some chopped fresh mint to get a flavor combo that’s really out of this world without being overly sweet.