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Probiotic coconut yoghurt

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In the era of questionable quality of dairy, coconut yoghurt comes to the rescue. Making your own is easy, cheaper than shop-bought and much better quality. This yoghurt is very special. Apart from gut healing properties, it may aid appetite suppression and stubborn weight loss. More information below the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 400ml of coconut cream; alternatively use the same amount of coconut milk and 100g of creamed coconut

  • 2 capsules of quality multi-strain probiotic or a double serving of probiotic powder or 2 BioGaia Gastrus tablets

Method:

  1. Pour the cream or milk into a saucepan and heat up until it’s slightly warm

  2. If you’re using coconut milk instead of cream, stir in creamed coconut

  3. Add the probiotic (crush Gastrus tablets first)

  4. Transfer into a jar, close the lid and keep in room temperature for 3 days - do not refrigerate during this time

  5. Transfer to the fridge and enjoy

About the yoghurt:

Coconuts are rich in fibre which acts as a PREbiotic. What it means is that the fibre feeds the PRObiotic organisms, making them multiply. In other words, making yoghurt using a probiotic makes more probiotic. It may also colonise the digestive tract better than just probiotics.

There are various brands of coconut yoghurt on the market but the quality isn’t always good. They may be free of common allergens but the unnecessary additives and synthetic vitamins make it counterproductive, in my view.

This is one example:

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Other brands make yoghurt WITH coconut but the main ingredient is soy or rice. Alpro is one such brand - I do not recommend soy that has not been prepared in a traditional way.

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This one is good but expensive:

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Tapioca and pectin also act as prebiotics - these are not additives. I tried various starches in my recipe but I didn’t like the powdery texture I ended up with.

Why Gastrus from BioGaia

According to cardiologist and author dr William Davis, the two probiotic strains used in the product (Lactobacillus reuteri ATCC PTA 6475 and Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938) have been well researched in terms of:

  • suppressing appetite and supporting weight loss

  • increasing collagen, skin thickness and accelerating skin healing

  • improving hormonal balance in both males and females which has a multitude of benefits

The full article and dr Davis’ his recipe can be found here.



Pink smoothie

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Ingredients:

  • Handful of fresh or frozen raspberries

  • 1/2 mango or a handful of frozen mango pieces

  • 1/4 fresh beetroot

  • Splash of full fat coconut milk

  • Small piece of fresh turmeric or 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

My favourite additions which are optional but make the smoothie a lot more filling and nutritious, especially if the smoothie is going to be your breakfast:

  • 1 tea spoon of MCT oil

  • 2 table spoons of collagen powder

  • 1 scoop of quality whey protein, if you can tolerate it

  • 1 egg yolk

Method:

Blend all ingredients and enjoy!

A source of fat and pepper aid the function of turmeric so don’t skip them.