I’m a big fan of starting the morning off right, but for most people that’s easier said than done. My “perfect morning” doesn’t happen most days, but I try to remind myself that it doesn’t always have to be “perfect” in order to be “right”. Some days I have the time and energy to do yoga first thing, some days I’m happy just to savor a quiet moment of peace with my to-go coffee while I begin the day’s errands, and other days I spend 15 minutes arranging strawberries on a yogurt bowl. My type-A, symmetry-loving self derives a twisted joy from lining up all of the fruit just right…but I digress.
Regardless of how you like to start your day, I think it’s important to do something, no matter how small, that is just for you. Doing something positive for yourself first thing in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day and puts you in a productive frame of mind.
Most days, I’m a two (okay fine THREE) cup of coffee and done kind of person. Recently, however, I have been making a concerted effort to actually eat breakfast AND make it a healthy breakfast at that.
Enter the yogurt bowl! You’ve probably heard of the ever-istagrammed açaí bowls or smoothie bowls, but sometimes, before that second (OKAY THIRD) cup of coffee has a chance to take effect, I just want as few dishes to wash as possible. I assemble my yogurt masterpiece directly in the bowl, eliminating the need to take out my blender. I also pre-wash and cut my fruit when I buy it as a special treat for my un-caffeinated self.
I start with 1 – 1½ cups of Greek yogurt. I use Stonyfield Organic Greek Vanilla Bean 0% fat yogurt, but you can use whatever yogurt you prefer. I then top with ¼ cup of granola, 5-6 cut strawberries, 1 banana, 1 kiwi, 1 tbsp of pomegranate seeds, and 1 tbsp of raw honey. I’ve also used chia seeds, unsweetened coconut flakes, and local bee pollen as toppings.
All in all, this takes less than five minutes (assuming you don’t care to play Picasso by arranging your strawberries in concentric circles) and provides a colorful, healthy start to your day. It may not be as “in” as açaí, but it’s still oh so #instagramabowl (without the pronunciation pressure)!
I hope you enjoy! For another #instagramabowl moment, check out my vegetarian quinoa bowl with garlic yogurt dressing!
- 1 - 1 1/2 cups low-fat Greek yogurt
- 5 - 6 strawberries sliced
- 1 kiwi sliced
- 1 banana sliced
- 1/4 cup granola
- 1 tbsp pomegranate
- 1 tbsp raw honey
Begin by placing the yogurt in your bowl as a base
Top with fruit
Optional additional toppings include unsweetened coconut flakes, chia seeds, and local bee pollen