Fortunately Turtle Mountain heard my desperate plea on Twitter, and directed me to their So Delicious dairy-free products. In their generosity, they also sent me coupons to purchase some free products! Thank you!
I finally found the Coconut Milk Yogurt at Whole Foods. These dairy-free, soy-free yogurts were quite expensive. A glance at the ingredients list shows that they are fortified with calcium, B12, and some fiber. Though available in 9 flavors (pina colada!), I was feeling like a purist and chose Plain. I was surprised by the initial sweetness, but reassured with the sour aftertaste. The mouthfeel was nearly the same as regular yogurt, and overall the taste was good. I added sliced banana and unsweetened coconut flakes to the yogurt.
The Coconut and The Cow
- Saturated Fat. For those trying to limit their saturated fat and lower LDL cholesterol (the Lousy cholesterol), coconut milk's 6 grams in 6 ounces might not be the best choice. I chose to compare So Delicious with a whole milk yogurt so that the saturated fat content would be comparable (a plain 6 oz skim milk yogurt contains less than 1g of saturated fat).
- Protein. I confess that I was a little disappointed with the 1 gram of protein. Yogurt is often touted as a low-fat, high-protein food that can serve as a satisfying snack or meal component. Perhaps adding a handful of crushed nuts to the coconut milk yogurt can boost the protein for a filling snack!
- Dairy-free. Soy-free. Coconut milk yogurt is a great option for those who cannot tolerate lactose and may not like the taste or texture of soymilk yogurt.
- My opinion. Coconut milk yogurt may not provide the best nutritional quality for a limited budget. However this was a great splurge, and I love trying new products! I hope you will take the time to try this too.