Being vegan is awesome. Giving up your favorite foods is not. What is life with out foodie bliss? One of the things my mom said was the hardest for her to give when transitioning to a plant based eating regimen was Greek yogurt. She claimed that it kept her satiated and she liked that it made her tummy feel good (thanks to the probiotics). There is a lot of misinformation out there that yogurt is a diet food and a health food, I strongly disagree with this notion. Strictly from a health stand point I firmly believe that dairy should be avoided at all costs. Many people talk about lactose intolerance, and the inability to break down the milk sugars because of a lack of the proper enzymes. But dairy also contains a dangerous protein called casein, which has been found to promote many diseases. As a reference for this check out The China Study, which is the longest running study in medical history. It is also interesting to note that in countries where little dairy is consumed there is also virtually no osteoporosis. Dairy is extremely acid-forming and leaches alkaline minerals like calcium out of our bodies. We can get calcium from many plant sources. In general, dairy is very hard for us to break down and it creates mucus in the body, and we don’t want that! I am a huge proponent of probiotics, but the healthy bacteria found in yogurt can also be found in other natural sources, like cultured foods.
But people love their yogurt, and so does my mom. So I knew I had to find a solution that wouldn’t have her pining away for those bygone days of dairy consumption. I admit I love my yogurt too, I just don’t love the health implications that come with it. I’ve experimented with some pre-packaged brands of non-dairy yogurt but haven’t been blown away with the stats on any of them. Sure soy yogurt tastes great and has protein, but I don’t love consuming tons of soy. And so delicious coconut milk yogurt is awesome, except it doesn’t have any of the protein soy or regular yogurt contains, making it a nutritionally empty choice. And all of the commercial brands I have bought contain a shit ton of sugar. Evaporated cane juice I’m looking at you. So I decided to play with my own version, that would ideally have the probiotics to make my stomach happy, the protein to keep me full, and no sugar whatsoever. Of course it would need to taste awesome too. You may say I’m a dreamer…. but dreams come true.
PROTEIN PACKED YOGURT (soy free!)
- 1/4 cup So Delicious Cultured Coconut Milk
- Scant scoop of Sun Warrior Protein Powder (I used chocolate but vanilla works too)
- Sea Salt to taste
- Stevia to taste
- 1/4 – 1/2 Vanilla Extract
Mix all the ingredients together until it’s the consistency of yogurt… and that’s pretty much it! I add a little more “milk” cause I like my yogurt runny, but adjust to the consistency you like. It’s a lax recipe, play with the proportions. The cultured coconut milk gives you that tart taste we all associate with greek yogurt plus the super friendly bacteria to help build your digestive strength. The protein powder thickens up the consistency and gives you all the protein you need (16 grams!). And of course I put salt and stevia on everything so naturally they go in this recipe. And yes I admit this is not so much a recipe as it is some ingredients mixed together but hey, you all know how I love simplicity.
I eat my yogurt with a big bowl of oatmeal before runs, or enjoy it as a mid day snack between meals. You can eat it whenever you like considering it’s sugar free and super low calorie, but fear not, totally delicious.
Do you have any foods you are struggling giving up on a plant-based diet? Any you miss? I promise there is always an equally delicious vegan solution I’d love to show you. Hey, that’s what your vegan girlfriend is here for.
Your Vegan Girlfriend