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7 Ways to Enjoy Greek Yogurt for Lunch

7 Ways to Enjoy Greek Yogurt for Lunch

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When you think of yogurt, you typically think of something sweet you scarf down for breakfast. But savory blends are turning the morning staple into an all-day meal. "At our Chobani cafe in New York City, the busiest time of day is lunch," says Tim Reardon, an executive chef at Chobani. So put down the granola! We found some unexpected toppings to jazz up the dairy delight. Also good news: nixing the fruity artificial flavors for wholesome, natural picks means less sugar, so the creamy treat is even better (and tastier) for you. Enjoy! (Need more inspiration? Check out 10 Savory Greek Yogurt Recipes.)

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Shredded Veggies

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Pass on the too-sugary sprinkles. The makers of Blue Hill Yogurt, known for their garden-based flavors—like sweet potato and parsnip—recommend sprinkling shredded vegetables, like beets or carrots, on top of your cup. To up the taste factor: Add a few of your favorite nuts in as well. Delicious and filling.

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Hummus

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Yep, that's right—hummus. Reardon recommends pairing a dollop of the Mediterranean dip along with cucumber, chickpeas, za'atar, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, lemon zest, and black pepper. You can even serve Greek yogurt with pita chips to turn it into the perfect afternoon snack. (If you love the dip, you have to try these 13 Different Ways to Make Hummus.)

Avocado

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A few slices of the buttery green garnish on top of plain yogurt is another of Reardon's favorite unique yogurt combinations. But he doesn't stop there. Alongside the avocado, he recommends throwing on mango, jalapenos, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, fresh cilantro, and lime juice. Eat it up with blue-corn tortilla chips next time you're having a snack attack.

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Tomato

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Roasted cherry tomatoes are also a winner on top of yogurt, Reardon says. You can easily morph this snack into a lunch or dinner side dish by pairing the veggie with zucchini pesto, pine nuts, balsamic reduction, and Parmesan crumbles. (Find out the Surprising Things You Don't Know About Greek Yogurt.)

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Cucumber

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Don't underestimate a few slices of cucumber and sprigs of fresh mint for a cool and refreshing snack, Reardon says. Splash on a bit of extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper to up the flavor factor.

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Harissa

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Talk a walk on the spicy side. Husband and wife duo, Angela and John Fout, co-founders of Sohha Savory Yogurt, say that when you're hankering to add a bit of heat to your yogurt regimen, go for hot harissa sauce, cilantro, tomatoes, scallions, and your favorite nut. (See more Sweet and Salty Snacks Under 200 Calories.)

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Herbs

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Instead of reaching for a processed topping or your typical bag of granola, get creative with different herb mixtures. Think: basil, mint, or even rosemary.

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