Yogurt’s good-for-you status rivals that of superfood heavyweights like blueberries, salmon, and walnuts—and for good reason. It’s an excellent source of bone-strengthening calcium as well as minerals like magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium. It’s an inexpensive source of protein, which helps keep stabilize blood sugar and keep you fuller for longer. And it’s positively loaded with probiotics, those friendly bacteria that improve our digestive health, boost our immunity, and may even prevent and treat skin conditions like eczema.
I happily eat a bowl of the plain stuff almost every morning (coincidentally, with blueberries and walnuts. If I live to be 100, this will probably be why!). And on the rare occasions (usually, travel) when I miss my yogurt fix, I find other breakfast foods don’t satisfy me in quite the same way and my stomach sometimes feels a little off. It could be my imagination, of course, but I prefer to think that yogurt is just really, really good for me.
If your family is lactose-sensitive or –intolerant, though, you probably aren’t eating a lot of yogurt—or maybe none at all. Of course, there are dairy-free varieties that contain the same beneficial probiotics and are fortified with calcium, but to me, they just don’t cut it. Yogurts made from soymilk can have a sort of funny taste and texture, and too often contain a fair amount of added sugar. Coconut milk yogurt’s another option, but again, the texture is way off. And since it hardly has any protein, it isn’t filling the way dairy yogurts are.
So given my enthusiasm for dairy yogurt and the fact that I think everyone should be eating more of it, you’d think I would be thrilled to receive samples of Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Yogurt—the seemingly perfect solution for families who have problems tolerating milk. The yogurt is made from organic dairy milk, but employs a special filtering technique that strains out most of the large lactose molecules. Afterwards, the enzyme lactase is added, which helps break down the remaining lactose, making it easy for sensitive tummies to digest. The process is entirely natural, but I just thought it was going to make the yogurt taste funny.
Fortunately, I was wrong. I tried a carton of plain Green Valley Organics Lactose Free Yogurt for breakfast recently, and am happy to report that it tastes just like any other natural yogurt. And the texture might even be better: slightly thicker than the usual local brand I buy (which happens to be full fat, but GVO is low fat!), with a consistency closer to Greek yogurt than most standard varieties. I loved it, and despite the fact that my body has no problem digesting lactose, I’d buy it again—and recommend it to you!
Just as good, Green Valley Organics also makes lactose free kefir (a thinner, drinkable version of yogurt) and sour cream (I tried both and loved them, too!). If your family is looking for an easier-to-digest line of dairy products that’s nutritious and delicious, I’d say you’ve met your match.
Learn more at greenvalleylactosefree.com.
Reprinted from KIWI Magazine