Yogurt frustrates me to no end. The grocery store stocks TONS of it, yet there are only a few that actually meet my criteria as a “healthy” snack. I’m looking for at least 14 grams of protein, minimal sugar (no sugar is preferable), and no additives (starches). These criteria leave me reading labels for at least ten minutes or picking up the same old stuff when I’m in a hurry. If I have time, I seek out new brands and get my hopes up high that when I read the nutrition label, I’ll see tons of protein and no added sugar. Tough bill to fill.
My frustration continues after I eat a yogurt and I’m STILL hungry!
On so many levels yogurt is simply unsatisfying…until now.
Big brands and more notably local producers are making an effort to create well-rounded and satisfying yogurt cups for those of us on the go.
Chobani was the first one I spotted. The divided dish has slightly sweetened yogurt in one side and all of my favorite additions in the other: chia seeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts. From a nutrition standpoint, I have to compromise the 13 grams of protein and added sugar for the energy it delivers before a workout. After eating it with half a bottle of water, I feel full and not weighed down when I have to move. And it’s SOOO convenient to just flip one side over and mix…while I’m driving. (It’s true!)
The Epic Seed is local and meets all of my standards for protein and carbs. It’s lacking in fat (which is necessary to feel full) so I’ll eat a few almonds along with it.
The most “filling” feature of these cups are the chia seeds, which I’ve discussed before. There are several brands making them now, you just have to pay attention to the protein and sugar source.
When I can, I make the mixture at home. No measuring, I just throw what I want into the bowl. Usually, to a small cup of flavored yogurt, I’ll add a couple spoonfuls of plain non-fat to bring up the protein.