A SLIGHTLY SWEET & PERFECTLY BALANCED YOGURT BOWL

Dairy has always been a hot topic, hasn’t it. We’re constantly wondering:  is it actually healthy? How much is too much? Am I lactose-intolerant? Full-fat or skim? Is it really the best source of calcium?

I’m not here to bombard you with my opinion on dairy but… (of course there’s a but) if you were to ask, I’d tell you it differs for each individual; many experience a sensitivity or allergic reaction to it which is why, when making healthy dietary changes, it’s often one of the first foods to be eliminated. It isn’t often I consume dairy, for a few personal reasons, even though it isn’t an intolerance of mine nor do I experience any adverse reactions when I consume small amounts of high quality product. Because of this, I eat yogurt on occasion. And I looove it.

Yogurt, unlike milk, has enhanced digestibility because it has been “pre-digested” by the good fermentation bacteria – aka probiotics – rendering its nutrients more bioavailable to the body. Its naturally occurring good bacteria as well as versatility make it one of my favourite foods. It’s a vehicle for just about anything you want to throw its way; sweet or savoury, different flavours and textures can be combined to create deliciously balanced meals.

You’ve got your fat (good kind) from yogurt, protein from assorted nuts and seeds, and carbohydrates from additions like fresh fruit. Ideally, carbohydrates will make up the majority of your calories followed by fat then protein. I’d consider this a balanced nutrient proportion. Bear in mind, this “ideal” proportion is a representation of the nutrients required each day, not each meal. For larger meals, food combining is super beneficial for digestion and assimilation of these nutrients.

Balance, whether in a meal or in life, won’t leave you feeling deprived but fill you up until perfectly satisfied.

The Ingredients (Yield: 2 servings Total Time: 5 minutes)

  • 2 cups full-fat non-homogenized yogurt
  • 1 tsp local honey (support our bees!)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • toppings: seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, chia), raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts), unsweetened dried fruit (dates, raisins, cranberries, açaí), cacao nibs, carob chips, seasonal fresh fruit & berries, anything goes!

The Directions

1. Pour 1 cup yogurt into a individual serving bowl

2. Place all toppings over yogurt, be as creative as you wish, stir, eat

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