Lemon Blueberry Protein Yogurt Bowl

by | Mar 29, 2024

This Lemon Blueberry Protein Yogurt Bowl is not only delicious but also loaded with nutrients to support your health. It’s perfect for anyone looking for a quick, nourishing snack or a light breakfast with 20+ grams of protein. The combo of tangy lemon + sweet graham crackers gives it a cheesecake-like taste. Plus, you get to personalize it by mixing in any protein powder of your choice.

Lemon blueberry yogurt bowl with gold spoon

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Why you’ll love it

Every spoonful is a joy with this bowl. Here’s why you’ll find yourself making it over and over again:

  • Quick and easy: With a total prep time of just 5 minutes, it’s perfect for busy professionals.
  • Protein-packed: Greek yogurt and vanilla protein powder give this recipe it’s impressive protein content of 15 grams protein.
  • Fresh and flavorful: You may think lemon sounds weird in yogurt, but its fresh taste is perfect for springtime and beyond.
  • Versatile: Customize it with a sprinkle of lemon zest or adjust  the toppings to suit your taste. Feel free to add nuts, seeds, or granola for added texture and flavor.
Close up of protein yogurt

Is this protein yogurt bowl healthy?

This protein-packed bowl is a powerhouse of nutrients:

  • Greek yogurt is rich in protein, supporting muscle repair and growth. It’s also a rich source of probiotics, which are key to a healthy gut.
  • Vanilla protein powder not only adds a protein boost but also makes this bowl an excellent post-workout snack.
  • Lemons are high in vitamin C and antioxidants, supporting our immune health and skin health.
  • Blueberries are known for their antioxidant properties, which can protect your body from inflammation and oxidative stress.
  • Hemp hearts add a dose of healthy fats, fiber, and additional protein, making them a heart-healthy addition.
Ingredients for Lemon Blueberry Protein Yogurt Bowl

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Greek yogurt: This is the base of your bowl. Go for vanilla for a sweet touch or plain for no added sugar.
  • Vanilla protein powder: Boosts the protein content and adds a hint of vanilla flavor.
  • Lemon juice: Adds a refreshing zest and a burst of vitamin C.
  • Blueberries: These little berries bring antioxidants and a natural sweetness.
  • Graham cracker squares: Provide a delightful crunch and texture to the bowl.
  • Hemp hearts: A superfood topping that enriches your bowl with omega-3 and protein.
  • Honey: Drizzle this atop for a touch of natural sweetness. Perfect for balancing the tartness of the lemon.
  • Optional lemon zest: For an extra lemony zing, don’t hesitate to add some zest into your bowl.
Lemon Blueberry Protein Yogurt Bowl with fresh blueberries and crunchy graham topping and honey

How to make it

  1. Combine the base: In your favorite bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt, vanilla protein powder, and lemon juice until you achieve a smooth consistency.
  2. Add the toppings: Generously top it with blueberries, crushed graham crackers, hemp hearts, and a drizzle of honey. If you’re feeling adventurous, sprinkle that optional lemon zest on top.
  3. Enjoy: Dive in immediately to enjoy this bowl at its freshest and most flavorful.

Which graham crackers should I buy?

When it comes to graham crackers, there’s actually many options to choose from nowadays. As a dietitian, here’s a few I enjoy:

  • Must Love Cookies: I had the chance to try these at Expo West and meet the founders. I love how they have zero added sugar – it’s naturally sweetened from dates.
  • Partake Gluten-Free Grahams: If you have a gluten allergy or intolerance, these crackers may be a good option for you. They are delish and sometimes I even prefer them over regular grahams.
  • Simple Mills Sweet Thins: These are “squares” but you can still crush them up over your yogurt and they’re delish! These are also gluten-free and grain-free

Recipe tips and tricks

  • Serving Tips: Pair this bowl with a cup of green tea or protein coffee for a refreshing breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.
  • Troubleshooting Tips: If your bowl is too thick, a splash of almond milk can lighten it up. Too thin? Add more Greek yogurt to reach your desired consistency. Also, try using Seedless Lemons so you don’t get any pesky seeds when juicing them.
  • Scaling Tips: You can easily double or triple the recipe for meal prep. Just keep the toppings separate until you’re ready to enjoy so they don’t get soggy.
Seedless Lemons next to yogurt

Customize it your way

Like all of my other recipes, this Protein Lemon Yogurt Bowl is completely customizable. You get to choose which protein powder you want to use. 

  • Vanilla protein powder of your choice: Choose one that fits your dietary preference. There are many options such as whey, pea, soy, rice, hemp, egg white, and more. You’ll use about 1/2 scoop here which measures out to ~7 grams total.

Protein yogurt bowl topping ideas

You could also add different toppings to this bowl. Here’s some ideas:

  • Feel free to swap blueberries for another berry of your choice like raspberries, strawberries, or blackberries.
  • Try using a different type of crunchy topping like granola or chopped nuts if you’re not a fan of graham crackers.
  • For a vegan version, opt for plant-based yogurt and protein powder. You can also swap the honey for maple syrup or agave.
  • Don’t have hemp hearts? Try adding a spoonful of chia seeds or flaxseeds instead for those healthy fats. 

Can I make it ahead of time?

Absolutely! Prepare the yogurt mixture in advance and store it in the fridge. Add the graham crackers just before serving to maintain their texture.

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Protein Lemon Yogurt Bowl 12

Protein Lemon Yogurt Bowl

Mackenzie Burgess, RDN
This Lemon Blueberry Protein Yogurt Bowl tastes like cheesecake and is perfect for a light breakfast. Customize with your favorite protein powder.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 yogurt bowl
Calories 230 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Heaping 1/2 cup (or a 5.3 ounce cup) vanilla or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon (~1/2 scoop) vanilla protein powder of your choice (whey, pea, soy, rice, hemp, egg white, etc.)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (about 1 tablespoon of lemon juice)
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 2 graham cracker squares, crushed into small pieces (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon hemp hearts
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest, optional

Instructions
 

  • Stir together the yogurt, protein powder, and lemon juice in a bowl until smooth.
  • Top it with blueberries, graham crackers, hemp hearts, a drizzle of honey, and optional lemon zest.

Notes

Blueberry Note: Feel free to swap blueberries for another berry of your choice such as raspberries, strawberries, or blackberries.
Graham Cracker Note: When it comes to buying graham crackers, here’s a few I enjoy:
 
Nutrition Note: This is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. Nutrition may vary depending on ingredients used. This calculation is for whey protein powder. For more nutrition information, seek a professional registered dietitian’s advice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowlCalories: 230kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 22gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0.5gSodium: 150mgPotassium: 370mgFiber: 2gSugar: 17gCalcium: 145mgIron: 1mg
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