From the food-centric holidays to the frigid weather, there’s no doubt eating a nutritious diet and staying active can fall by the wayside during the winter months. I have good news though: spring is less than a month away!! So if you’ve been struggling to get your healthy on lately, now is the perfect time to get back into the swing of things.
Aside from a few bouts of the cold, I’ve been pretty good about maintaining my workout schedule, thanks to my determination to overcome IT Band Syndrome. However, I still have a lot of room for improvement in the food department. Ever since I talked about counting macros a few weeks ago, I’ve been trying to track mine, which has made me realize I don’t consume nearly enough protein every day. To fix this, I’ve been upping the number of protein-packed snacks I have throughout the week. My favorite? Yogurt, hands down. It’s such an easy way to not only stave off hunger, but eat something I actually enjoy.
I usually keep a big tub of plain Greek yogurt in the fridge and spruce it up with add-ins like honey, chia seeds, coconut, almonds, fresh fruit, granola, and so on. But recently, I decided to branch out and picked up some flavorful masterpieces in the form of Yoplait® yogurts. It’s always such a treat when I have these because they have soooo many flavors (125, to be exact).
From Strawberry Cheesecake to Boston Cream Pie, there’s an option for every palate. While they’re delicious on their own, Yoplait® is encouraging people to “1-Up Your Cup” by taking your own personal spin on their variety of flavors. By adding simple ingredients to their already tasty yogurts, you can make a flavor all your own.
Yoplait® supplied me with free yogurt, which I picked up at Walmart this past weekend, and I’ve been using them to transform my snacks this past workweek. If you’re not a big yogurt person, or want new flavors to mix things up, I encourage you to 1-Up Your Cup, as well, by adding items like fresh fruit, graham cracker, peanut butter, shredded coconut, chocolate chunks, and so on. The possibilities are endless.
From snacks to desserts, here are a bunch of pseudo-recipes I’ve come up with to take your yogurt to the next level.
15 Simple Ways to Spruce Up Your Yogurt
- Peanut Butter Apple Dip: add a spoonful of peanut butter to French Vanilla yogurt
- Blueberry Cobbler: add a small handful of granola to Blueberry Patch yogurt
- Chocolate-Covered Strawberries: add chocolate chips to Strawberry yogurt
- Blueberry Lemon Crunch: add fresh blueberries and maple vanilla granola to Lemon Burst yogurt
- Banana Pudding: add banana slices and crumbled Nilla Wafers to French Vanilla or Banana Cream Pie yogurt
- Piña Colada: add coconut flakes to Pineapple Greek 100 yogurt
- Key Lime Pie: add graham cracker crumbles to Key Lime yogurt
- Almond Joy: add coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and sliced almonds to Coconut Greek 100 yogurt (or Vanilla yogurt for a milder coconut flavor)
- Chocolate-Dipped Oranges: add chocolate chips to Orange yogurt
- Dreamsicle: freeze Orange Creme Greek 100 yogurt for about 30 minutes
- Chocolate Raspberry Mousse: add chocolate chips to Raspberry Greek 100 yogurt
- French Toast: add 1/2 teaspoon of pure maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg to French Vanilla yogurt
- Chocolate Cherry S’mores: add mini marshmallows and graham cracker crumbles to Greek 100 Chocolate Cherry
- Strawberry Shortcake: add animal crackers and whipped cream to Strawberry yogurt
- Tiramisu: add a pinch of cocoa powder, a pinch of instant espresso, and 2 crumbled Nilla Wafers to Boston Cream Pie yogurt or Vanilla yogurt
Who said snacks had to be boring!? By incorporating simple add-ins to your yogurt, you can keep your taste buds guessing. I know for me, personally, this helps me stay on track with my food and fitness goals.
Do you usually enjoy yogurts straight up? Or add toppings?
What’s your favorite way to 1-Up Your Cup?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills. The opinions and text are all mine.