The Delectable Yogurt Bowl Your Kids Will Crave!

by Gregory
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Yogurt bowls are an ideal conduit to bring optimal yet tasty nutrition.  If done properly they bring the ideal ratio of macronutrients (fats, carbohydrates, and proteins) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and enzymes).  Yogurt bowls pack a savory satiating punch to any morning.

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Here at Naturopathic Earth, we offer the ideal yogurt bowl.

Greek Yogurt

Opt for full-fat or 2% Greek yogurt that is rBST-free.  Choose unflavored since it will minimize the sugar total and there is no need for it since you will add your own subtle sweetness to the yogurt bowl.  The Greek yogurt will bring much-needed probiotic bacteria to the diet.  Several studies show that a diet high in fermented foods helps with digestive health, weight loss, depression, et al.

Nut Butter

Whip in some almond or cashew butter to bring in the great nut flavor and make it even more satiating.  The nut butter will bring a nice dollop of “good” fat and protein.  If you use peanut butter make sure it is not “partially hydrogenated” oil since that is a hidden transfat.

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Fruits

Berries are the preferred choice given their low-sugar, high registry in the ORAC (anti-oxidant) scale. Chop or puree them up to color the yogurt to see the smiles on your kids widen.  Add unripened bananas to add resistant-starch prebiotics and any other fruit your kid desires.

Acai or goji berry bowls are currently prominent in the zeitgeist.  These superfruits are great, but are pricey.  Their most inexpensive form is in the frozen fruit aisle or powders.  If their price is too prohibitive stick to the regular berries.

Granola

Granola brings the crunchiness quality so necessary in a great yogurt bowl.

Coconut Flakes

Flakes bring a nice feathery texture to the bowl.  Plus coconut is loaded with the beneficial unsaturated fats and dietary fiber.  It is the fruit du jour used for myriad  of purposes.

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are the most nutrient-dense of all the seeds.  Even better they don’t have an inherent taste to them so they are well-camouflaged into sundaes, eggs, salads, or whatever your kid desires.  They are laden with fiber and the good unsaturated fats.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkins seeds are arguably the healthiest, most nutrient-dense “large” seeds on the market.  One cup of them has 12 grams of fat, 12 grams of fiber, and 12 grams of protein.  Anecdotally, their green color brings a nice shade to the visual palate and their texture, along with the granola, brings a nice crunchiness.

As with other food recipes, no ideal one exists.  It is largely up to your preferences.  A great bowl is one where the kids crave to eat it, is satiating, and full of nutrients to fuel their growth.  If need be, mix in cereal, chocolate chips, jams, or honey.  The overall nutritional value of the key ingredients of the bowl will supersede the aforementioned.

Bon appetite!

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A. Gregory Luna, double-certified Health Consultant

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A. Gregory Luna April 12, 2017 - 12:13 PM

I totally recommend using full-fat greek. Trader Joe’s is the only place I can think of off the top of my head that sells it. Yogurt bowls, like Acai bowls, are so versatile.

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