Quick Protein for Morning Breakfast

In the advent of intermittent fasting and the temptations of sleeping in late, many Americans skip breakfast in lieu of larger lunch meals. If you’re like us, we don’t have the healthiest breakfast regimen. Sometimes we grab a quick bite to eat just so we can have an extra 30 minutes of sleep in the morning. We can’t begin to explain how important eating a nutritious breakfast is. Ideally, you’d want something lower calorie and full of protein to get you through the day. One thing that’s always been a staple in our refrigerator for quick breakfast is greek yogurt. It’s no surprise greek yogurt is healthy, with tons of protein and relatively low calorie count. However, amongst the greek yogurt options there are some that are healthier, and tastier, than the others.

Here is how some of our favorite yogurt companies stacked up against each other:

  • Chobani 0% Greek Yogurt 3.5/5

Chobani, in our mind, popularized greek yogurt and made itself a staple in most yogurt aisles. Chobani 0% Greek Yogurt is a great option for a low calorie and high protein quick breakfast option. While it does provide you with the protein you need for a productive day, the sugar content of the flavored varieties tends to be on the higher side. Sometimes we get a layer of water on the top of the yogurt which makes the yogurt lose some of its thick consistency. Additionally, sometimes the sugary fruit syrup is overly-sweetened which leaves a strange aftertaste on your mouth.

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  • Chobani Flip Variety 4.0/5

We love Chobani Flip yogurts because yogurt becomes so repetitive, unexciting and unimaginative after eating it several days in a row. Chobani Flips comes in a wide variety where you’ll never get bored of what you’re eating. Unlike most greek yogurts that offers a side addition of fruit syrup or honey to toss in, Chobani Flips offers many toppings ranging from dark chocolate to mint to pie crust. The only issue is that some offerings have a higher calorie count, sugar, and fat than others. For example, the more indulgent Flip varieties, such as James’ favorite Almond Coco Loco, are higher in calorie content and uses low-fat Greek yogurt instead of fat-free. Eating the Almond Coco Loco in the morning will give you ~25% of your saturated fat intake for the day, so be careful with these varieties. Go for the non-fat options such as the Chobani Flip Blueberry B-Fast and Mixed Berry Morning, perfect for those on the run.

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  • Siggi’s Vanilla 0% Icelandic Skyr Non-Fat Yogurt 4.9/5

Although not actually greek yogurt, this deserves to be on the list. One of the things many people don’t realize when choosing their yogurt is that you should always look at the protein to sugar ratio. If the amount of protein is less than the amount of sugar you’re consuming, which is the case for most Chobani varieties, then it’s not the healthiest choice. Siggi’s does a great job of making sure that most, if not all, flavors have an abundant amount of protein and only a moderate amount of sugar without losing flavor. The vanilla flavor tastes almost like melted vanilla ice cream and it’s definitely one of our favorites. Novice greek yogurt eaters beware – skyr yogurt is considerably thicker in consistency than greek yogurt so those trying to make the switch from Yoplait low-fat yogurt to skyr may have a harder time doing so.

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  • Fage Total 0% Milkfat Greek Yogurt 4.8/5

Fage is arguably better than your standard Chobani yogurt and one of the reasons is the fact that the added fruit syrup is partitioned in a separate area away from the yogurt. This means you can add as much flavor as you want without worrying that your greek yogurt will have a liquid consistency. One of the reasons why we couldn’t give this 5/5 is due to the fact that the flavors come with a sugary syrup instead fresher toppings or additives. Nonetheless, for only 100 calories and a similar protein to sugar ratio as the Siggi’s brand yogurt, Fage is a great choice.

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The winner of this Greek Yogurt taste test: Siggi’s Vanilla 0% Milkfat Skyr, with Fage Total 0% Milkfat Greek Yogurt as a close second place.

Just some general tips when selecting yogurt: look for yogurts that say non-fat on them since you would be reducing a substantial amount of fat with very little change in taste and consistency of whichever yogurt you choose. Also, try to avoid yogurts that say “Fruit on the Bottom” as many of these will have added sugar and calories that can be avoided by adding your own fresh fruits to non-fat plain yogurt.

 

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