Green Tea Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Cups

Green Tea Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Cups | Food & Nutrition | Stone Soup
Photo: Ginger Hultin, MS, RD, CSO

What are you eating for breakfast these days? Same old thing? I make time for breakfast every single day of the year even if I’m running out the door. But breakfast is an easy meal to get into a rut, creating the same thing over and over. That’s where green tea frozen yogurt breakfast cups come in! A frozen on-the-go treat, it’s not a muffin, it’s not a smoothie, it’s not a cup of yogurt but it does travel well. High in protein, low in sugar, packed with antioxidants and a little punch of caffeine, these little breakfast cups are perfect before a morning workout or on your commute. They also make a great snack later in the day because they’re sweetened naturally (with banana) so no danger of a sugar crash.

I’ll be honest, I liked the green tea frozen yogurt breakfast cups more than my husband did. He said that they taste like a frozen ice pop… which they do. I thought they were great but if something this chilly sounds strange to you as a breakfast meal, tuck this recipe away until summertime when a cool breakfast will be perfect.

Tips for Making Breakfast a Priority in the Morning

  • Don’t eat so late at night! Your body needs to break the fast so if you have only been without food for 4 to 5 hours, then of course you won’t be hungry early in the day. A lot of folks I talk to eat dinner later than they want or they snack late into the night so no wonder they don’t feel hungry when they get up a few hours later. Let your body do its thing and take a break from eating at night so you’re hungry in the morning.
  • Eat non-breakfast food. A common complaint is that my clients don’t like traditional breakfast foods. If you prefer savory food, feel free to heat up leftovers for breakfast, make some soup or eat a sandwich instead. Who says you have to stick to eggs and pancakes?
  • Be active in the morning. It’s hard… so hard when the weather is cold and dark but once you get into the habit of going to the gym or even taking a walk in the morning, you may find yourself becoming deeply committed. Fueling before morning workouts is key or I’m dragging so I have extra motivation to eat something light like green tea frozen yogurt breakfast cups so I can lift weights better.
  • Eat something…even a little something. Breakfast is a habit that you can form even if you aren’t naturally inclined to eat when you get up. Start with a bite or two of something that you enjoy and work up from there. The very act of eating gets digestive processes going so regularly preparing your body to expect food in the morning is important. It might take a few days or weeks but you’ll get there.

Green Tea Frozen Yogurt Breakfast Cups

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces Greek yogurt (I like vanilla best; aim for a low-sugar variety)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond or soy milk
  • ⅛ cup shredded unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. In a food processor or blender, pulse all ingredients yogurt, banana, matcha and milk until completely smooth.
  2. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper cups and spray with cooking spray.
  3. Pour yogurt mixture into muffin tin, distributing equally among all 12 cups.
  4. Sprinkle with coconut flakes and freeze 2 hours or more until completely set.
  5. To remove them, use a butter knife to gently slide down into the tin and pop them out.
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Ginger Hultin, MS, RD, CSO, is a Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a Seattle-based health writer specializing in integrative health and nutrigenomics. Read Ginger’s blog, Champagne Nutrition, and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.


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