Why & How To Have Yogurt For Lunch

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As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches — and we want to see yours, too.

Today: So, you're eating yogurt for breakfast? Great. You should be eating it for lunch, too.

Breakfast for dinner gets all the attention — the two meals are far enough from each other to feel distinct, so their exchange feels novel. But, who’s to say that you can’t eat yogurt for lunch?

If you can find a good, full-fat, no-sugar-added yogurt — something that’s more labneh and less sugar-at-the-bottom — you have a solid base for your next lunch. I recently had some savory yogurt on hand, plus toasted oats and nuts and a bit of compote, and at the last minute I grabbed a bottle of fruity, fancy olive oil from my cabinet. I waved it over my bowl, added a sprinkle of flaky salt, and then realized that I could call this lunch.

I have now tried it with roasted vegetables (carrots! beets!) and fresh fruit alike, and even if you go the sweet route, you’ll still feel like you’re eating lunch and not just a variation on Cheerios.

Yogurt for lunch: Would you or wouldn't you? Tell us in the comments!


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