I love yogurt! If you've seen my WIAW posts or Instagram stories, you know that I've enjoyed it multiple occasions - with berries and hemp seeds for breakfast, with a Perfect Bar for dinner, or with walnuts and honey for a sweet after-dinner dessert.
Yogurt fits into a healthy diet for so many reasons - it's a great source of calcium and vitamin D for healthy bones, delivers probiotics to help support a healthy gut and promote immune health, and -- when strained -- it delivers an ample source of protein. Accompanied by berries and nuts, plain yogurt makes a fantastic meal or snack. Plain yogurt can be added to smoothies and soups, or used as a substitute for butter and sour cream. And, when people have difficulty chewing, its smooth texture makes it a healthy addition to a soft-foods diet.
However, for reasons like milk allergies or dairy avoidance, not all people can enjoy or want to have yogurt.
So, instead of yogurt, here are four options that are equally tasty and uniquely nutritious to deliver the silky smooth texture and delicious flavor you want.
1) Make Chia Seed Pudding
It's simple, it's smooth and it's super nutritious. To make, simply stir together 2 Tablespoons of whole chia seeds with 1/2 cup of almond milk and let sit in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or overnight. When chia seeds swell and the texture resembles pudding, add in your favorite flavor-options. I like fresh raspberries, cacao nibs and shredded coconut in mine!
2) Try this Brassica Coffee Chocolate Avocado Mousse
What could be better than coffee AND chocolate? Well, as far as taste is concerned, I believe not much! ;) Coffee and cacao are combined in this recipe from @thegreenfisch for Brassica Coffee Chocolate Avocado Mousse so that you get the taste you crave plus some of the health benefits of broccoli - without the broccoli taste. You'll get fiber and healthy fats from your avocado plus magnesium from the cacao, too! Talk about a total taste AND health win!
3) Make Whipped Coconut Cream
For a yogurt replacement over or under berries, make whipped coconut cream. Place a can of full-fat coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight. Once chilled, scoop out the thick coconut cream (leave the watery part in the can and drink or use it in a smoothie) and whip for 3-5 minutes at high-speed in your mixer until peaks form. You can add in a little sugar or vanilla for extra flavor, or just leave it out. Check out this recipe for inspiration!
4) Pick Plant-Based Yogurts For Probiotics
Sans dairy, plant-based yogurts like Forager's Cashewgurt and Kite Hill's Almond Milk Yogurts deliver a creamy texture and pack a powerful probiotic punch! Of course, this option is going to be more similar in taste, texture and nutrition than others on the list, so if you really want the real deal, this will be your closest alternative.
Which one of these ideas sounds most delicious to you? Let me know what you think sounds best in the comments below!