6 toppings to upgrade your yoghurt

Photography by Mitch Mandel

Made by straining away liquid, Greek yoghurt contains two to three times as much protein as traditional types, plus it's full of gut-friendly probiotics that can help you fight off infection. Get your fill by piling these flavour-packed toppings on 170g plain Greek yoghurt.

1/ Black forest

The antioxidants from dark chocolate and cherries in this dish may help lessen oxidative damage caused by high-intensity exercise.

Stir in: 30g melted dark chocolate and top with pitted cherries and a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut flakes.

2/ Curry mango

This combo provides cholesterol-lowering monounsaturated fat. Cashews contain muscle-boosting magnesium.

Stir in: 1½  tsp curry powder and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Top with a handful of diced mango, a quarter of an avocado, chopped cashews and lime zest.

3/ Roast grape

Roasting boosts grapes’ sweetness. Research shows almonds can improve muscular endurance.

Stir in: 1 tsp honey. Top with 75g roasted grapes, 2 tbsp chopped almonds and 1 tsp chopped rosemary.

4/ Balsamic berry

Balsamic glaze adds sweetness without too much sugar. The vitamin C in strawberries may improve performance.

Stir in: 2 tsp each balsamic glaze and honey, plus a sprinkle of lemon zest and cinnamon. Top with sliced strawberries, pistachios and basil.

5/ Lemony beet

Beetroot is a source of nitrates, which improve exercise endurance. Walnuts provide omega-3 fats.

Stir in: 75g diced cooked beetroot, 2 tsp chopped dill, a sprinkle of lemon zest and a pinch of salt. Top with chopped walnuts.

6/ Java fig

Cacao nibs, the centre of the cocoa bean, are packed with crunch, cocoa flavour and disease-fighting antioxidants.

Stir in: 50g coffee-fig purée (soak 50g dried figs in 60ml black coffee for two hours; add ½ tsp orange zest and ¼ tsp vanilla extract; blend). Sprinkle with cacao nibs.