Healthy Low Sugar Yogurt Bowl Recipe
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If you’ve been watching my Instagram stories lately, you know I’ve been loving a good yogurt bowl. It’s funny—yogurt is something I rarely ate pre-pregnancy, but it’s a food I’ve been craving constantly the last few months.
I’ve always had mixed thoughts about dairy, even though I’m someone who digests it well. I truly believe our bodies tell us what foods we should enjoy on their own, without our need to make the decision mentally—i.e. you may decide to go vegan one day even though your body thrives on animal-based foods. This was a journey I went through myself, and my health suffered because of it!
I always look for the best grass-fed, whole milk yogurt. When I can get it from my local farmer (where I order my meats), I do, but if that’s not available, my favorite brand is Maple Hill Creamery. If I can’t get to Whole Foods to buy this brand, my second favorite options are Traders Point Creamery or Stonyfield Organics.
Always look for whole milk, full-fat yogurt! The fat is necessary for you to be able to absorb all of the wonderful vitamins yogurt has to offer, such as Vitamins A and D.
I don’t add any sweetener to my yogurt and I never buy flavored options. I see people buying these cashew and almond milk yogurts, some plain, and some with sweeteners, and I’m like…what?!
Ladies, trying to avoid dairy by buying sugary nut-based yogurts isn’t doing you any favors.
Most of them aren’t organic either, except for a few brands. My vote?
Go for the real thing. if you can tolerate dairy, and sweeten it up with fruits and perhaps some raw honey or raw maple syrup if you require. It’s so much better for you, and chances are your sugar cravings will decrease if you let up on the sweet stuff as you mix up your yummy yogurt bowl!
If you can’t tolerate cows milk, my second suggestion would be to try goat’s milk yogurt. They sell it in most health food stores. It’s pretty tangy, but still delicious! Side note: for mamas who want to transition their little ones to milk, goats milk is the closest to breast milk by composition. I would try that ahead of cows milk if you can find it.
Otherwise, Forager Project is a great brand for nut-based yogurts, as long as you go with the plain version. I love Coconut Cult for coconut yogurt, but be careful with the quantity you eat. Coconut is full of healthy fats, but a cup of coconut yogurt contains around 50 grams of fat (mostly saturated) per serving. This is evidence-based, as there are six grams of fat per two tablespoons of Coconut Cult yogurt.
I’m all about healthy fats and saturated fats from sources like coconut and eggs, but that’s a lot of fat for your body to take in within one sitting. I’ve done it a few times on accident, and felt awful afterward (especially during pregnancy when digestion really slows down!). Just something to be mindful of, my dear!
No matter what yogurt you choose, you’ll love this recipe! Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Healthy Yogurt Bowl Recipe
- ½-1 cup grass-fed plain yogurt or yogurt of your choice
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
- 1 tablespoon protein powder (here’s what I use for this recipe)
- 1 tablespoon cocoa nibs
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- Blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, or fruit of choice
- 1 tablespoon organic nut butter
- ¼ cup granola of choice (my favorites are Healing Home Foods, Purely Elizabeth, One Degree cereals that I mix with the granolas, and my own low-sugar granola recipe!)
Mix all base ingredients together. Add toppings of choice and enjoy!