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5 Healthy Additions to Your Morning Yogurt

Deciding on what yogurt to buy has become a very daunting task. With so many brands introducing so many flavor combinations, it can be very difficult to make healthy choices. Many people want the convenience and taste of a flavored variety, but it can sometimes turn into a dessert rather than a healthy breakfast or snack.

When purchasing, it is extremely important to look at the nutritional panel and be aware that not all yogurts are created equally. Sugar, carbohydrates and calorie content will decide whether you are making the best choice. It is always safe practice to stay with a few brands that you like and go for the plain yogurt. This way, you can be sure that there are no hidden calories or preservatives.

Plain, you say? What's the fun in that? The fun is being able to take a blank canvas and enhance it in a healthy and creative way. I am a firm believer that variety is the spice of life. Our palate needs different textures, tastes and color sensations in order for us to be completely satiated. The more color; the more vital and healthy our food becomes.

These are five ingredients that you can add to your yogurt to make it a more fulfilling and healthy experience:

~Walnuts - These incredible nuts are chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, heart-healthy fats and fiber.

~Pomegranate seeds - These little jewels are rich in vitamin C, potassium and fiber and have a high level of antioxidants.

~Kiwi Fruit - This fuzzy fruit packs a punch with potassium, vitamin E, magnesium and more vitamin C per ounce than most other fruits.

~Sunflower seeds - These delicious seeds are high in vitamin E, magnesium, copper and selenium.

~Oats - High in fiber and protein, oats can lower blood sugars and bad cholesterol levels.

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