As we enter a new year, with new resolutions to make changes, yogurt bowls are super popular. However, we’ve switched it up by creating a savory yogurt bowl, filled with quinoa, shredded chicken, and fresh veggies. Get the recipe down below, as well as my health resolutions for this year. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Earthbound Farms, Evian, and Dannon. The opinions and text are all mines.

As we enter a new year, with new resolutions to make changes, yogurt bowls are super popular. However, we've switched it up by creating a savory yogurt bowl, filled with quinoa, shredded chicken, and fresh veggies. Get the recipe on the blog, as well as my health resolutions for this year. 

Savory Yogurt Bowl with Quinoa + Shredded Chicken {+My Health Resolutions}

At the start of the new year, everyone seems gung-ho about changing their diets, hitting the gym, and making resolutions they know they won’t keep. Committing a healthier way of life is a lifestyle change. You can’t expect great results if you don’t make significant changes. I know this because I’ve made those same failed commitments over and over again. However, the past few years I have slowly made changes to my lifestyle. Instead of eating a ton of junk food (I’m not giving up chocolate, so there), I decided to limit HOW much I could eat versus just eating all the things. With heart health issues, cancer, high blood pressure and high cholesterol running through my family tree, I know how important it is to take care of my body. 

 I have low-iron, so eating iron enriched foods is important to me. It’s also essential for me to eat a lot of superfoods that are good for my heart. My mom, her mom, and her aunts all died from heart disease. And since it is hereditary, with higher stakes in African-Americans and women, it’s imperative for me to take care of my heart and my overall health. 

Making Resolutions and sticking to them

I don’t like making big resolutions because I don’t tend to keep them. However, there are a few health resolutions I am making this year. #ResolutionReady 

  • Drink MORE water. I do not drink enough water, and this is a priority on my to-do list. 
  • Exercise. This will come in the form of walking our adorable labradoodle once per day, plus go to the gym 2-3 times per week. 
  • Continue to work on changing what I eat, how often, portion control, and how I think about food. 
  • I will also commit to taking supplements to help with my iron level and overall health. 
  • I also plan to practice more self-care in the form of monthly massages, naps, and time to meditate. 

How to make a savory Yogurt Bowl

One of the biggest things I have done to change my lifestyle is what I eat. Today I am sharing a recipe my husband and I both enjoy. It’s a savory yogurt bowl; different from the traditional yogurt bowls, but still chalk-full of important nutrients and tasty ingredients. 

 

How to make a Savory Yogurt Bowl with Quinoa + Shredded Chicken

How to make a Savory Yogurt Bowl with Quinoa + Shredded Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1.14 pounds chicken breast, skinless and boneless
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon ground curry
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly cracked black peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken, vegetable stock or water

How to make a Savory Yogurt Bowl with Quinoa + Shredded Chicken

Toppings:

  • radishes, thinly sliced
  • orange and red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • Brussel sprouts sautéed with sliced baby carrots and chopped garlic
  • Wheatgrass
  • Pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • Sesame soy sauce

How to make a Savory Yogurt Bowl with Quinoa + Shredded Chicken

Directions:

  1. Add the chicken breast to the Instant Pot and add the extra virgin olive oil, seasonings, and diced onions. Use a large wooden spoon to stir the chicken and ingredients together to evenly coat the chicken breasts. 
  2. Select the Sauté option and brown the chicken breasts on both sides for three minutes per side.
  3. After browning the chicken place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock it. Switch the venting nozzle to the closed position.
  4. Select the Meat option and adjust the time to 20-minutes.
  5. After the timer sounds vent the steam release nozzle, remove the lid and transfer the chicken breasts to a bowl. Use two forks to shred the chicken.
  6. Spoon a cup of red quinoa into a bowl, add additional toppings around the edges of the bowl. Finish with a dollop of Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt. Scatter pumpkin and sunflower seeds on top.
  7. Serve.

How to make a Savory Yogurt Bowl with Quinoa + Shredded Chicken

 

One thing I like about a yogurt bowl is everything is in a single dish and it all looks so incredibly yummy! Plus, using fresh ingredients, Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt, and True Goodness Chicken creates a healthy and balanced meal I can eat for healthy lunch, snack or dinner. One of the main issues I use to have about food is the thought that I had to use a lot of sugar, seasonings, and other ingredients that were not good for me just to make eating edible. Honestly, a few years ago I would not have eaten a yogurt bowl, but I had to change the way I thought about food and my relationship with it, to understand that it didn’t take all of those unnecessary ingredients to enjoy a nutritious and balanced meal. My goal is to now use as many FRESH ingredients as possible when it comes to what I eat and what my family eats and enjoys. 

Shopping at Meijer- Getting Fit for the New Year

I was able to find everything I needed at my local Meijer. I’m in there a few times per week, picking up lunch items, snacks, and food items we need for the week. You can get more great recipe ideas, and resolutions for your health and wellness by visiting their website (which also includes some mPerk digital coupon offers!)

Shopping at Meijer- Getting Fit for the New Year

I also picked up some of Dannon’s Oikos Protein Blended Greek Yogurt. I love the small portions, great for an in-between snack, and those cocoa clusters and chocolate? YES!  (see, I can still have a little chocolate)! 

Dannon Oikos Greek Yogur

I like Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt because it has less lactose, offers an excellent source of calcium and protein, and the milk is pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria. Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt is an excellent source of protein, with 11 to 15 grams of protein per 5.3 oz. Serving (Oikos yogurt has 3 grams of saturated fat per 5.3 oz. serving). 

The most significant tip that helps me stick to the goals I’ve made is changing my lifestyle. In order to make changes that last, I add to change the way I thought about food, physical exercise, and my overall health. I even had to re-educate my palette, which was a big deal for me! 

Exercising in Winter

I am not a fan of working out, but having an active puppy gets me out of the house and out on the trail. 

When you think about making resolutions for the new year, think about where you see yourself in a few years. Do you still want to be on the same yo-yo diet? Do you still want to feel the same way? If your answer is no, seriously think about what changes you can make in your lifestyle to ensure your health plan is number one and the changes you make are effective as well as long-term. 

And while you’re at it, grab the recipe and try our Savory Yogurt Bowl with Quinoa + Shredded Chicken

Never underestimate the power of YOU! How will you become a healthier you this year? Drop me a line below and let me know! 

Savory Yogurt Bowl with Quinoa + Shredded Chicken {+My Health Resolutions}
 
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 1.14 pounds chicken breast, skinless and boneless
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon ground curry
  • ½ tablespoon freshly cracked black peppercorns
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup red quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken, vegetable stock or water
  • Toppings:
  • radishes, thinly sliced
  • orange and red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • Brussel sprouts sautéed with sliced baby carrots and chopped garlic
  • Wheatgrass
  • Pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • Sesame soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Add the chicken breast to the Instant Pot and add the extra virgin olive oil, seasonings, and diced onions. Use a large wooden spoon to stir the chicken and ingredients together to evenly coat the chicken breasts.
  2. Select the Sauté option and brown the chicken breasts on both sides for three minutes per side.
  3. After browning the chicken place the lid on the Instant Pot and lock it. Switch the venting nozzle to the closed position.
  4. Select the Meat option and adjust the time to 20-minutes.
  5. After the timer sounds vent the steam release nozzle, remove the lid and transfer the chicken breasts to a bowl. Use two forks to shred the chicken.
  6. Spoon a cup of red quinoa into a bowl, add additional toppings around the edges of the bowl. Finish with a dollop of Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt. Scatter pumpkin and sunflower seeds on top.
  7. Serve.