With supermarket shelves being increasingly packed with over-processed corn, sugar, saturated and trans fats, and unnatural preservatives, controlling what goes into our bodies is more difficult than ever.
Even with labels that claim foods to be “low fat,” “low calorie,” and “all-natural,” it’s difficult to distinguish truly healthy foods from the rest. In fact, many of these labels are a good indication of bad foods.
Over time, I’ve learned how to make my own replacements for my favourite foods without sacrificing flavour. Recently, homemade yogurt has been a delicious, and easy substitute to the sugar-packed, watery crap they call yogurt here. As I’ve demolished multiple batches of it the last few weeks, I’ve had a chance to try some delicious additions to the simple recipe.
Vanilla Maple Cinnamon
This was the first variation I tried, and perhaps my favourite. The best part: it’s so simple and quick!
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- pinch salt
- Mix all ingredients together and enjoy topped with fresh fruit and granola.
Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Swirl
Sweet tooth craving? Skip the junk and try this healthier combination instead!
- 1 cup yogurt
- 1 tbsp dark chocolate, chopped
- 1-2 tsp maple syrup
- pinch of sea salt
- Mix syrup and salt into yogurt.
- Melt chocolate in microwave for about 20 seconds. Let cool and swirl into yogurt. The chocolate will clump once it mixes with the cold yogurt, but keep stirring and you will achieve a delicious flaky texture. Alternatively, you can just chop the chocolate and add it in for a chunky texture.
Don’t have time to make your morning coffee before work? Save time by eating breakfast and getting your daily dose fo caffeine at once! This is the only flavour you’ll have to plan ahead with as you must flavour the milk before making the yogurt. The proportions are also a lot bigger for this reason, but it can easily be cut in half or modified to your needs.
- 1 litre milk
- 1/2 – 1 cup coarsely ground coffee (adjust amount to your preference)
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
- Sweetener to taste (optional)
- Make cold brew coffee: mix milk, coffee, and cinnamon in a jar and leave in the fridge for 8-12 hours.
- Strain milk first through a cheesecloth or coffee filter. You may have to repeat this step.
- Make yogurt – directions here.
- Add sweetener to taste.
- Have fun trying different coffee flavours!
This yogurt should be eaten within a few days of making it as it will grow bitter over time.
Fresh Summer Dip
This savoury yogurt dip is the perfect addition to chopped veggies, crackers, pitas, or even topping salads or fish. The herbs can be any combination that you have available.
- 1 cup yogurt
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh herbs (such as basil or dill), finely chopped
- 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- pinch of salt & pepper
- Mix all ingredients together and serve with your favourite dippable goodies, or on top of grilled fish or salad.
What’s your favourite way to eat yogurt?