Last year one of my new year’s resolution was to cook more home-cook meals and I gotta say I kept my resolution well into the new year. I cooked just about every week, twice a week and have come to enjoy it. But this year I decided to challenge myself in an area I have never challenged myself in. As a lacto -pescatarian, I rely heavily on dairy for a good portion of my protein. So I decided for this year’s resolution I will go non-dairy at least three times a week minimum.
So to get a jump start on things, I’ve been looking into different alternative milk products to see which one is the best fit for me. My mid-morning snack at work usually consists of yogurt and nuts and depending on the brand I can easily get about 13 grams of protein, so I wanted to keep whatever I choose in that ballpark. Finding a high protein alternative was no small feat, but I found one that not only is it high in protein but also free of soy ( my personal preference).
Kite Hill has Greek yogurt that consists of 10 grams of protein and a European- style yogurt that consist of 5 grams of protein. The yogurts are made with artisan almond milk and also contains probiotic live culture like your standard dairy yogurt. I’m not going to lie and sit here and say that you can’t tell the difference between Kite Hill yogurt and regular yogurt. But with the right toppings and mix-ins, you can make a tasty snack or breakfast that can come close to the original and you won’t be hungry in an hour due to the lack of protein. I recently came up with a combo that is pretty awesome, if I must say so myself and it has truly made day two of no dairy a walk in the park for me.
Check out the recipe below:
Blueberry Coconut Almond Yogurt Parfait
- 1 cup of Kite Hill Vanilla flavored European- style yogurt or Kite Hill Plain Unsweetened Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 cup of fresh Blueberries
- 1/4 cup of Coconut Almond Granola
- Coconut Palm Sugar or sweetener of your choice (optional)
- Splash of Vanilla Extract (optional)
- Layer the ingredients starting with the yogurt, blueberries than granola. Repeat till the glass is filled.
Note: For the Greek yogurt version, stir in the coconut sugar and vanilla extract until sweetened to your liking then build the parfait.
Happy New Year and Happy Eating!