Greek Yogurt Is Bobby Flay's Go-To Breakfast Staple

Greek yogurt — which differs from regular yogurt in its protein, fat, and carb content — works a multitude of wonders across breakfast recipes. It's this trademark versatility, as well as signature tanginess, that draws celebrity chef Bobby Flay to the creamy, flexible form of dairy. In fact, Flay told Bon Appetit that, whether it's the star of the dish or a staple ingredient, Greek yogurt does the job in the morning. "[Breakfast] usually consists of something like Greek yogurt with some fresh berries and honey or pomegranate molasses," he said.

Flay's preference toward Greek yogurt is no surprise; after all, Greek yogurt-based parfaits pack the protein. However, the yogurt works equally well across other breakfast staples. "I'll make a smoothie with Greek yogurt and blueberries," Flay added, pointing to fresh blueberries, Greek yogurt, and black currant juice as his holy trinity of smoothie-making. 

As for why, exactly, Flay gravitates toward this type of yogurt, the justification is in the texture — not to mention the taste.

Try Greek yogurt for a thick and tangy addition to breakfast

Greek yogurt is a blank canvas for all kinds of breakfast recipes, which may explain why Bobby Flay rarely tires of the staple morning ingredient. "I love the richness and the thickness of it, and the tanginess, and I still like that when I'm eating it I really feel healthy," Flay told Bon Appetit.

So, whether you swear by a sweet or a savory breakfast, Greek yogurt will, indeed, do the job. For an upgrade to classic oats, incorporate some in your oatmeal. The yogurt enhances the dish's creaminess and provides a richer and fuller texture than your standard water. Alternatively, if you'd rather something on the sweet side, add Greek yogurt to a standard French toast recipe. Yogurt makes for a nutritious — but still creamy — alternative to whipped cream. And, of course, you can never go wrong with a Greek yogurt breakfast bowl. Pair a scoop with your favorite toppings, whether peanut butter, fruit, or chopped nuts, and your breakfast practically makes itself.

With so many options on the docket, it's always a good idea to have whole-milk Greek yogurt on hand, no matter the brand. With a tub on deck — or, rather, in the fridge — you'll always be ready for breakfast.