Bananas. The riper the better. I love overripe bananas in place of sugar in things like yogurt and smoothies. Frozen peaches are also great, which is surprising since I don't usually like them. I add quick oats for extra fiber and cinnamon for flavor. YUMMY!
If the fresh or frozen fruit is a little disappointing in flavor or texture, try cooking it. That intensifies the flavor and makes it taste sweeter. It's also a good way to salvage fruit that is a little too ripe or has gotten bruised. I had some peaches that were just disgusting-- for some reason they turned brown inside, though they weren't overripe, and the texture was mealy. It was extremely disappointing because the nearest grocery store with a choice of fresh fruits is a 250-mile round trip from where I live-- I can't just toss them and go buy some more tomorrow. So I sliced them up and cooked them with lemon juice, ginger, a cinnamon stick, and some honey. And it's yummy! I've used it as yogurt flavoring and on oatmeal, and I'll probably make some crepes to fill with the rest. Still sad that I didn't get delicious fresh peaches, but at least it wasn't a waste.
Diced cucumber and black pepper in plain Greek yogurt.
If I'm making the east Indian dish raita, I toast 1T each black mustard and cumin seeds in a skillet until the mustard seeds start to pop, then crush those a bit with the side of a knife, and mix into the yogurt with diced cucumber, black pepper and a pinch of salt. That's probably not the proper recipe, but it's how I was taught!
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I buy regular raspberry-flavored yogurt...not "light" & not "greek"...just plain ole yogurt. :)
I tend to get the Chobani cups with the fruit already in it because I can throw that in my lunchbox for my mid-morning snack at work without a lot of fuss. But I keep a jar of cinnamon at my desk and add a 1/4-teaspoon of that to it, too. Tasty, helps stabilize my blood sugar, and good for my cholesterol as well.
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I add 2 tbsp of mini chocolate chips, almonds, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries to organic vanilla fat free yogurt. It comes premixed in the bulk section of my local grocery store.
To each his own with artificial sweetners but, in looking for ways to get my kids to eat "better for you" foods (son's picky), I read somewhere about putting low cal drink mixes like Crystal Lite in plain yogurt. I makes it look like Trix yogurt...endless colors and flavors. Makes great toddler finger paint too!!!
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I mix in a 1/2 Tbsp. of raw hemp seeds and some orange or lime zest.
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I mix a cup of plain non-fat yogurt with 1 or 2 tblsp of agave syrup & a couple tblsp of flax seeds. When I'm ready to eat it, I stir in 1/2 cup of granola.. I've started halving this, because it's over 300 calories when it's all mixed together. But when I'm eating this as a snack during the day at the office, I find I make better choices about dinner.
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Shredded cucumber that you have squeezed the water out of, garlic and lemon juice. It's great by itself almost as a salad, or you can use it to dip veggies, or smear on a pita or crackers.
I like to toss in a few dark chocolate mini chips,and 1 tbs of uncooked oatmeal.
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I'm going to agree with everyone else--diced fresh fruit! Either right on top, mixed in, or thrown in the blender. It makes me a lot more excited to eat yogurt and also helps me get my fruit servings in that I wouldn't otherwise get.
Use it in the blender with frozen mango and a little orange juice. Or blend it with peanut butter, banana, and a spoonful of hot cocoa powder.
I also enjoy it topped with granola and a little maple syrup. Or mixed with unsweetened applesauce.
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Watermelon is my new favorite Also, try eating brocolli and carrots with the plain yogurt, it's not sweet, but since you're eating vegetables, it's actually very refreshing, besides eating them plain!
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I am also a big fan of the cocoa powder with real maple syrup. You really don't need much syrup to make it yummy.
As a matter of fact, cocoa powder mixed into maple syrup makes a wonderful chocolate sauce for anything (used in moderation, of course). Of course it is simple sugar just like table sugar, but it mixes so nicely and has a rich taste, so you need less.
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You mentioned flax, but one trick I use to 'liven' up my granola is wheat germ. Adds a bit of crunch to the yogurt - no matter what other flavor I'm having.
PS: And there were some serious flavor combinations in these answers! yumm!
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Wow! So many great ideas! Thank you all so much, I'm going to be trying these all over the next few weeks!
Apples! Especially this time of year when they are fresh off the tree. Something sweet like Gala if you like sweet, something tart like a Mac or a granny smith if you like tart. Add a few raisins for contrasting texture and flavour.
Peaches are nice but soft - I like them if I am adding them *with* something like apple - then you get peach taste but a better texture.
I will put almost anything in yogurt, and it's almost always delicious. Pomegranate seeds... mango... pear... apple... apricot... blueberry... pitted cherries... canned or fresh pineapple (canned crushed pineapple + crunchy apples is good). I have also stewed rhubarb and added that (usually along with diced apple or strawberry, but also just on its own with some granola to top).
What a great topic. Some fabulous ideas here. Can you have essences? I put a little coconut or raspberry essence in my yog sometimes, along with a dash of sweetener. How about rhubarb stewed wth orange juice and vanilla essence, so pretty.
I get either Cascadian Farms or my local store brand (Dillons/Kroger) organic variety. I prefer fresh mango and agree that frozen isn't nearly as good as fresh. Frankly I think you could just go with the pineapple and coconut and leave out the mango and it would be very tasty!
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Apples and cinnamon Peanut butter/other nut butter and bananas, apples or grapes. Unsweetened cocoa powder and natural sweetener (mashed banana, unsweetened applesauce, honey, maple syrup, etc.) Peppermint extract and natural sweetener = peppermint, add cocoa powder = chocolate peppermint Ricotta cheese, cocoa powder and natural sweetener = cheesecake Lime, coconut flakes and natural sweetener = key lime Lemon, coconut flakes and natural sweetener = lemon merriange Pumpkin puree, peanut butter and spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves or pumpkin pie spice)
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 9/6/2013 (12:14)
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I like to use all natural clover honey, a little mashed banana, and then top it off with a little crushed fat free cinnamon graham cracker for some crunch on top.
My current favourite is a Tbsp of natural cocoa powder and a tsp of maple sugar. I also like using applesauce (either alone or with cocoa), various nut butters (either alone or with cocoa), or apple butter. Another favourite is some pureed pumpkin along with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spices.
I use a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or cardamom (depending on what mood I'm in that day).
I also like a bit of crunchy texture, so add slivered almonds, or dark chocolate chips, or steel-cut oats (all of which add a bit of their own flavour to the mix).
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Mango and pineapple! That sounds perfect! I completely blanked on the tropicals! I could add a little coconut milk and pineapple, and do a pina colada flavor!
Is there a brand of frozen mango that tastes anywhere near as good as fresh? I LOVE fresh mango, but have never been impressed with the frozen the few times I tried it.
Fresh or frozen mango, fresh or frozen pineapple, fresh or frozen sweet cherries, raw coconut, maybe some chopped up pecans or walnuts for an added crunch, and try using a bit of REAL maple syrup for your sweetener.
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For quite a while, I ate plain yogurt mixed with chia seeds and frozen berries. LOVED this! Sadly, I discovered that berries were the cause of my chronic headaches, and since eliminating them, I feel 100% better.
Sadly, this leaves me a bit stumped what to do with my yogurt. I've tried adding grape jelly, but while delicious, this is too much sugar, and is making me crave sweets terribly. I tried peaches, but they are messy to cut up, and frequently disappointing in flavor. I suppose I could eat it with just the chia seeds, bu that seems kind of...bland. The fruit and yogurt was always my treat at lunch, and it helped me get through some not so delicious days.
Any ideas what else I can add to perk this up? I can't have artificial sweeteners, or any type of berry. Thanks!
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