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Greek Yogurt Bowl: A Protein-Packed Way to Start Your Day

A bowl of strawberry Greek yogurt topped with blueberries, chia seeds, and granola.

Craving a breakfast that's as nourishing as it is delightful? You’ll love these Greek yogurt bowls, where creamy meets fruit with just the right amount of sweetness. It's a protein-packed way to start your day, and there’s even a vegan option!

The information provided on this site is based on my personal experience living with alpha-gal syndrome. I consistently cite and link to expert sources, but nothing published on this site should be perceived as medical advice.

Alpha-gal sensitivities vary by person. You should understand your dietary restrictions, making any adjustments needed, and directing any questions to your physician.

Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day, and I couldn’t agree more. I love breakfast foods so much that I would happily eat them for every meal of the day! Whether you’re an early riser or someone who hits the snooze button one too many times (that would be me), this recipe is designed to fit seamlessly into your morning routine.

A bowl of yogurt with blueberries, chia seeds, and granola.
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Why I Love This Protein-Packed Healthy Yogurt Bowl Recipe

Let me tell you why I am head over heels for this protein-packed Greek yogurt bowl. Not only is it ridiculously easy to prepare, but it also packs a powerful punch of protein that keeps me fueled and energized throughout the day. And by mixing and matching flavor combinations to my heart’s content, it can easily be customized based on what I’m craving that morning. Talk about a win-win way to start the day!

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A bowl of Greek yogurt with kiwi, strawberries and bananas.
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Are Greek Yogurt Bowls Healthy?

Greek yogurt bowls are not only delicious but also packed with a plethora of health benefits. First, there’s protein. Whether you choose a traditional Greek yogurt or my favorite dairy-free variety, the plain yogurt adds about 15 grams of protein to your diet. Add plant-based protein powder, marine collagen, and toppings like a sprinkle of chia seeds or a handful of chopped nuts to boost the protein count even  further. And when you start your day with adequate protein, it helps you feel fuller for longer, supports muscle growth and repair, and can even aid in weight management. 

But the benefits don’t stop there. Greek yogurt also contains active yogurt cultures that support a healthy digestive system and promote gut health, as well as vitamins and minerals, including calcium, iron, and potassium. Just be sure to read the ingredient label of your chosen Greek yogurt for the specifics.

Here’s an important tip: Choose the plain, unsweetened variety when crafting Greek yogurt bowls. This gives you complete control over the sweetness, and you can avoid the added sugars often found in flavored yogurts. 

A white bowl of Greek yogurt with a spoon in it.
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What Type of Yogurt is Best for This Recipe?

If you are an alpha gal who tolerates dairy, plain Greek yogurt is where it’s at. You can choose from full-fat, 2%, or 0% fat varieties, depending on what your taste buds crave and your dietary needs. 

There are also Greek yogurt options for my fellow alpha gals who follow a dairy-free diet. My favorite plant-based ingredient is Kite Hill plain unsweetened Greek yogurt. Made from almond milk, this non-dairy yogurt has a creamy texture and provides that same tanginess you used to love in traditional Greek yogurt before hecking alpha-gal syndrome.

If you can’t find vegan Greek yogurt in a grocery store near you, another dairy-free yogurt option is So Delicious unsweetened coconut yogurt. However, while it is low in sugar and high in calcium, it contains less than one gram of protein. Also, when you use regular yogurt of any kind – traditional dairy or vegan – your yogurt breakfast bowl base won’t be as thick and creamy as when you use a Greek-style yogurt.

Regardless of whether you choose regular or plant-based Greek yogurt, just select a plain, unsweetened variety to keep your Greek yogurt bowl as healthy and nutritious as possible.

A bowl of yogurt with blueberries, granola, and chia seeds.
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How to Make a Greek Yogurt Bowl

Starting your day with a Greek yogurt bowl is fast and easy. Just follow these steps:

  1. Blend your chosen fresh berries or frozen fruit with plain, unsweetened yogurt, the sweetener of your choice, and any protein boosters, like protein powder or marine collagen.
  2. Once your ingredients are happily blended into the yogurt, spread the enhanced yogurt mixture into a bowl and add your favorite toppings. Delicious choices include fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, or whatever tickles your taste buds.

Greek Yogurt Bowl Variations

Greek yogurt bowls are super versatile, making it simple for you to mix and match the fruit and sweetener you blend into the yogurt base. Here are a few scrumptious suggestions you can easily customize to create your dreamy bowl of deliciousness.

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Fresh or Frozen Fruit

While the recipe below calls for frozen strawberries, you can easily substitute other fresh berries or frozen fruit based on what’s in season or is taking up space in your freezer. Greek yogurt bowls are just as delicious with fresh blueberries, acai puree, chunks of pineapple, or banana slices. 

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Sweetener

Agave syrup tends to be my go-to sweetener for Greek yogurt, but you can easily substitute honey, maple syrup, powdered sugar, stevia, or another option you prefer.

Toppings for Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowls

Once you’ve blended the perfect base for your Greek yogurt breakfast bowl, it’s time to top it off before diving in. And when it comes to personalizing your bowl, the options are aplenty!

Here are some tasty toppings to consider as you add the finishing touches to your healthy breakfast bowl:

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Fresh Fruit

Adding a little fresh or dried fruit to your yogurt bowl helps you eat the rainbow and round out the nutrients in your morning. Consider adding bite-sized bits of:

  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Banana
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Peaches
  • Oranges
  • Cherries
  • Dried cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Dates
  • Pumpkin puree
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Nuts and Seeds

Go a little nutty and add a little crunch by sprinkling your favorite nuts or seeds over your yogurt bowl. You might enjoy:

You might also want to add a drizzle of nut butter. This topping adds another layer of deliciousness to your bowl, whether it’s almond butter, cashew butter, or good old peanut butter.

Cinnamon powder and cinnamon sticks on a wooden table.
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Other Toppings

But the list doesn’t end with fresh fruit and nuts. You can also top your bowl with:

Just be sure that the toppings you choose work for your alpha-gal sensitivities and dietary restrictions.

A bowl of strawberry Greek yogurt topped with blueberries, chia seeds, and granola.

Protein-Packed Strawberry Greek Yogurt Bowl

Start your day with a creamy Greek yogurt bowl that’s packed with protein and just the right amount of strawberry sweetness.
5 from 91 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 1
Calories 305 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Place strawberries in a blender and puree until smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend until combined, scraping down sides as needed.
  • Pour into a bowl and add your favorite toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 305kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 33gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 177mgPotassium: 111mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 140IUVitamin C: 46mgCalcium: 280mgIron: 2mg
Keyword agave, Greek yogurt, marine collagen, protein powder, strawberries
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29 thoughts on “Greek Yogurt Bowl: A Protein-Packed Way to Start Your Day”

  1. 5 stars
    I never would have thought to supercharge some yogurt with collagen and protein. Great idea! Loved the strawberry flavor too.

    1. This is the kind of creative thing you come up with when a tick has taken a big bite out of the foods you can eat and you struggle to get enough protein every day. LOL!

  2. 5 stars
    I love simple healthy breakfast recipes like this. It keeps me satisfied and helps me power through my mornings. Yum.

  3. 5 stars
    I’m always looking for ways to get more protein into my day, especially breakfast for after a workout. Never thought to use marine based collagen! Thanks for all the great ideas!

        1. Hi Linda! Yes, after two years of no dairy, I’ve been able to successfully re-introduce all dairy with the exception of anything with whey, whey powder, etc. or cheeses with animal rennet. And, yes, I’m happier than if I’d won the Powerball! For Greek style vegan yogurt, I recommend Kite Hill. One serving contains 17 g of protein!

  4. 5 stars
    This is so simple and delicious. I could not get collagen powder so I left it out. This bowl was nice and filling.

  5. 5 stars
    After trying this yogurt bowl I felt so healthy. I think the fact that all the ingredients are health-conscious items automatically makes me think so. And it was delicious too. I’m so glad I tried it.

  6. 5 stars
    My girlfriend was saying how she adds collagen powder to her breakfast oats and I was so intrigued, but I don’t eat oats. Then I saw your recipe on pinterest and thought it must be a sign to try collagen in something else.
    I tried it yesterday morning and it was really good!I added strawberries and blueberries and a little sprinkle of sunflower seeds. I couldn’t believe how full I still felt at lunchtime!

  7. 5 stars
    The yogurt base made this bowl so thick and creamy. I’ve been looking for recipes to use my collagen powder and this was perfect.

    1. Hi Grace! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the collagen-infused yogurt base. Keep enjoying those thick and creamy bowls, and be sure to experiment with different fruits and toppings.

  8. 5 stars
    This was such a great breakfast, I loved how I was able to add more protein into the mix and the crunch of the granola I added was delicious with the strawberry yogurt combo.

  9. 5 stars
    I made this recipe, but instead of using honey as the sweetener (which is what I’m quite used to), I tried Agave syrup as per your tip just to try a different kind of flavor. I’m amazed as it turned out great! thanks for the tip and the recipe. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hey Belle! I’m so excited you took the plunge and tried it with agave syrup. It’s always fun to shake things up a bit, isn’t it? Thrilled to hear it turned out great for you. Keep experimenting and keep enjoying! ๐Ÿฏ

    1. Bronwyn, you’ve got a keen palate! Frozen fruit does add that extra zing, doesn’t it? It’s like a mini tropical vacation in a bowl to kickstart your day. Cheers to tasty mornings! ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ

  10. 5 stars
    I love yogurt bowls for breakfast! The toppings are endless and when balanced appropriately like this one, they keep me full for hours easily!

    1. Hi Ruth! You’re spot on about the endless possibilities with yogurt bowl toppings. It’s like a blank canvas waiting for your culinary creativity! And yes, a well-balanced bowl can really keep you fueled.

  11. 5 stars
    This was such a delicious and filling breakfast! I am going to make it again this week and even make a bowl for each of my kids. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hey June! I’m thrilled to hear you and your kiddos enjoyed the Greek Yogurt Bowl. It’s always a win when you can find a breakfast that the whole family loves, right? Can’t wait to hear how the next round turns out! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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