Soy Life yoghurt is a hit! (Dairy Free Day One)
June 7, 2010 § Leave a comment
I woke up this morning with a rumbling belly from not having midnight cereal. I think that’s a good sign!
Instead of coffee, 6am Monday is green tea. Post spin class I had a bowl of my porridge made with extra water…I was too afraid to use more rice milk incase it rendered breakfast inedible…but am happy to discover that milk isn’t really necessary to make my porridge delicious, I added a tablespoon of acai powder and mixed it with a little extra water and it was great!
Usual snack things – carrot with hummus, green beans, a hard-boiled egg, apple.
(Tip: if you’re trying to break out of an afternoon dairy fix addiction – whether that be coffee, flavoured milk, chocolate etc – try filling up on protein at lunch and satisfy your sweet cravings with fruit and nuts in the afternoon. A teaspoon of peanut butter is also hugely satisfying!)
After teaching 2 evening Pilates classes I came home ravenous for a big, hearty bowl of chicken soup, with brown rice for some extra texture.
I won’t lie, I did throw out the rice milk, I just can’t drink it! But I bought Vanilla Vita Soy and I tell you what, using that in a cup of cocoa is INCREDIBLE! SO GOOD (no, it’s not So Good it’s Vita Soy!)!! Actually, the cold milk is so delicious on its own that I had to physically remove myself from the kitchen, it tastes like custard! I’m so happy!
Vanilla Vita Soy is 98.5% fat free, made from non-GM whole soy beans and has 300mg of calcium per 250ml serve. It has 15.5g of sugar per serve, so obviously not as healthy as regular lite soy, but skim milk has about 13g anyway.
I also bought Soy Life Yoghurt (blueberry flavoured), and it’s another hit! It’s lactose, gluten and cholesterol free, it’s purple in colour and doesn’t taste particularly sweet, which I like (although it still does have 11.3g of sugar/100g). The texture is runny and I couldn’t help but bind it with a spoonful of All Bran and a few hazelnuts. This is a great substitute and has the healthy live cultures of regular yoghurt!
Day one = dessert success!
Porridge (Serves 1)
½ cup traditional rolled oats (not instant)
½ cup water
¼ cup milk (soy/rice/almond optional, or more water)
Tablespoon pepita seeds
1/3 cup frozen berries
½ large banana
dried cranberries/goji berries/ sultanas optional
honey to drizzle, cinnamon and brown sugar to sprinkle
Place oats, water and milk in a large bowl. Microwave on high for 1 min 30 secs, watching to make sure it doesn’t overflow. Add the remaining ingredients, extra milk if needed, and microwave another 50 seconds. Serve with a drizzling of honey, a sprinkling of brown sugar and a dusting of cinnamon.
Chicken Soup (Serves 4)
2 tbs olive oil
1 brown onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 cm length ginger, peeled and finely sliced,
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 large parsnip, diced
1 fennel bulb, sliced
1 small sweet potato, diced
1 corn, kernels off cob
Double handful green string beans, halved
10 chicken legs, skin on
1 bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 bunch dill, chopped
Brown chicken legs in a large, deep saucepan. Remove meat and drain any leftover fat. Heat oil and sauté onion, when softening add garlic and ginger. Add carrot, celery, parsnip and fennel. Return meat to pan, add 2 litres chicken or vegetable stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer for 20 mins. Add sweet potato, corn, beans and half the herbs. Cook, simmering, for a further 20 mins. Stir in remaining herbs and freshly ground pepper to serve.