There was a guy called “El tío Johnny” (uncle Johnny) who had a TV show back home when I was a little girl. Towards the end of every episode he drank a tall glass of milk bottoms-up. I always loved milk so it’s not like I needed the encouragement but I’m sure he helped lots of parents to get their children to drink milk.
Fast forward a couple of decades, when gastritis came to my life. Dairy became an issue but I didn’t want to quit, so I started using lactose-free dairy products, as suggested by one of the multiple doctors I saw. I learned how most people stop producing lactase, the enzyme that deals with lactose, as they grow up, and I heard all sorts of arguments supporting milk consumption (it’s the most nutritious food, helps lose fat) and against it (we’re not supposed to drink the stuff because we’re not calves). It was all very confusing to say the least and I wasn’t ready to stop consuming it.
Over time I’ve found that my body can tolerate better goat’s milk products (particularly the yummy stuff sold at the Eveleigh Markets), followed by organic cow’s milk products. But tolerate is not good enough, is it? I had my dark period of drinking soy milk (the processed stuff full of nasty ingredients and the homemade from ground beans), oat milk, rice milk, quinoa milk, you name it. The best non-dairy substitute for me was homemade almond milk, but it meant more work than just opening a tetrapak.
I’ve been experimenting a bit with coconut milk, I’ve had it with coffee and Paleo granola, we’ve used it with berries to make ice cream at home, and all has been good, but somehow I didn’t think about yoghurt until I saw CO YO at Dr Earth.
CO YO Coconut Milk Yoghurt is dairy free, sugar-free, gluten-free, lactose free and soy free. It comes in mango, mixed berry (blueberry & blackberry), passionfruit and natural flavours. It’s made from organic coconut milk, starch (tapioca and pectin 440), Xylitol (sweetener) and a bunch of cultures. Not ideal but not that bad, much better than regular “candy” yoghurt.
Alvaro and I tried the natural flavour, first on its own and then with Paleo People granola. It was awesome both ways. Great taste, great consistency, heavenly creaminess. It was very satiating too.
I don’t eat yoghurt regularly anymore but I’ll definitely buy it again whenever I find myself craving a creamy treat.
Here’s the nutritional information for the natural yoghurt (comes in 250g and 400g tubes):
There’s also CO YO ice cream, which comes in natural and chocolate flavours. Unfortunately it’s not a very healthy choice because it contains milk protein, dextrose monohydrate and sucrose. Here’s the nutritional information for the natural ice cream:
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