I am almost as much of a devotee of my morning yogurt as I am of my morning cup a joe. I have always been a fan of yogurt, but it is Greek yogurt that has won my heart. Greek yogurts, such as Fage, Krinos, and Dana, have been strained of excess water leaving them luxuriously thick and creamy. They are so rich that they taste more like a sinful dessert than a healthy breakfast or snack. I like mine with my freshly made muesli, a mixture of rolled oats, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.
Besides being wickedly tasty, this morning mixture is also insanely good for your health. The live cultures in yogurt help kill bacteria in the stomach and also help strengthen the immune system. The oats help lower bad cholesterol and are high in fiber, and nuts such as walnuts and flax seeds are high in omega 3 fatty acids, essential acids that also help reduce bad cholesterol. I know, I am starting to sound dangerously close to a health fanatic, but its not true! Lets us remember that accompanying my healthy morning concoction is two cups of strong coffee with sugar and half and half. The health benefits of yogurt and muesli are simply the added bonus of my delightful breakfast ritual.