If you've ever eaten a peanut butter-topped hamburger, squeezed hot sauce on pasta or dipped fries into a milkshake, you're probably aware that some unlikely food combos can make for magic. Savory yogurt topped with roasted vegetables, legumes or whole grains is no exception.
While sweet yogurt parfaits are typically the go-to, you can shake up your usual yogurt bowl with some savory touches. But if you're a little hesitant to DIY, try one of these five nutrient-loaded savory yogurt recipes for a sophisticated take on the creamy snack that's bound to satisfy.
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1. Roasted Carrot Yogurt Bowl With Spring Vegetables
Let's be real, we all like to share a photo-friendly breakfast on social media, and this breakfast is as photogenic as it gets. Loaded with spring vegetables, this low-calorie savory yogurt bowl totals only 285 calories with 26 grams of protein, 35 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fat.
The standard yogurt parfait is usually pretty low in belly-filling fiber, which isn't the best way to start your morning. But, the roasted veggies in this bowl ramp up the fiber total to 7 grams, which is a good chunk of your 25-gram daily requirement, per the FDA. Fiber is great for your metabolism and will also help you feel satisfied until lunchtime.
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2. Quinoa and Chia Almond Yogurt
If you're not a fan of an elaborate dish for breakfast but want to get a nutritious meal in, this quinoa-and-chia almond yogurt is a must-try. As the name reveals, the recipe only calls for three ingredients (almond yogurt, chia seeds and cooked quinoa) and takes just five minutes to prepare.
This recipe is high in healthy, unsaturated fat with about 20 grams total. Unlike trans fats (which can raise cholesterol levels), unsaturated fats are excellent for heart health, according to Harvard Health Publishing. Unsaturated fats can also help raise HDL (healthy) cholesterol levels and may even help reduce blood pressure.
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3. Middle Eastern Savory Yogurt Jar
This savory yogurt recipe can add some Middle Eastern flavor to your breakfast, lunch or dinner — after all, there's no rule that reserves yogurt for breakfast. This recipe takes only five minutes to prep and packs 27 grams of protein.
One of the primary ingredients in this recipe, chickpeas can help promote overall gut health. These legumes are high in a specific fiber called raffinose. As your gut bacteria ferment this fiber, it helps reduce inflammation in the intestines and promotes digestive regularity, according to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Get the Middle Eastern Savory Yogurt Jar recipe and nutrition info here.
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4. Herbed Avocado Shake
This savory Greek yogurt shake is excellent if you want to take a break from sweet smoothies. Drink this shake right after blending or pop it in the fridge and serve it as a chilled soup. This green sip serves up 231 calories per cup with 19 grams of protein, 12 grams of carbs and 12 grams of fat.
Sprinkle in a tablespoon of nutrient-dense hemp seeds, which are high in magnesium, providing almost 50 percent of your daily recommended value per one ounce, according to the USDA. Magnesium is crucial for a number of systems in your body: It helps process protein, promotes healthy muscle and nerve function and helps move calcium across the body, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
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5. Grilled Vegetable Greek Yogurt
This simple recipe tops a cup of low-fat Greek yogurt with a variety of grilled veggies, some seasoning and a squeeze of lemon. At only 315 calories, 25 grams of protein, 20 grams of carbs and 15 grams of fat, this recipe makes a satiating breakfast — or lunch or dinner.
Grilled squash is a great way to get in some vitamin C. The veggie provides a little more than 20 percent of your daily recommended value per cup, according to the USDA. Vitamin C is crucial for boosting immunity but also helps your body store protein and helps fight free radical damage from toxins in the environment, according to the NIH.
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