When you hear frozen yogurt, you might instantaneously think of a health-promoting dessert that could replace ice cream or other junky sweets. However, don’t give in to the hype. At times I have clients confess that going to a frozen yogurt shop became a trip multiple times a week, as soon as the sweet tooth monster hit. They’ve been having it comfortably as it is perceived as healthy, merely because it was labeled with fruit flavors, or even worse, “sugar-free.”. It’s vital that you educate yourself about common issues with the majority of frozen yogurt chains, and why they may not be benefiting your health after all. Many of these yogurts are made with a pasteurized fruit concentrate, loaded with refined sugar, and may even contain artificial food dyes as well as natural or artificial flavorings. Various preservatives and additives, many of which are quite detrimental to your wellbeing, are added to preserve the color and taste from altering, and ensuring it is appealing to the eye at the supermarket. So, instead of consuming pure vitamins and minerals from fruit, you may also be intaking artificial sweeteners, chemicals, additives, and a whole lot of junk that is doing your body more damage than good down the road. For that reason, it’s highly recommended that you read your labels meticulously; if the frozen yogurt is sugar-free, it’s best to skip that option. While you may be able to find a high-quality ingredient frozen yogurt at many health food stores or even a local supermarket, nothing compares to making it at home. Making your desserts at home ensures you know the quality of your ingredients, and allows you to comprehend how wonderful of a treat you can make without the need for preservatives and harmful chemicals. This frozen yogurt is loaded with dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, anti-inflammatory benefits, heart health benefits, cognitive health benefits, and much more. Add in a scoop or two of certified organic protein powder to make it a satisfying and fulfilling meal replacement. You can top it with a sprinkle of organic flaxseeds to provide you with an incredible boost of omega-3 fatty acids, and a bit of a nutty flavor too. Making the homemade yogurt with water or orange juice ensures it’s free of dairy, naturally. It contains no added sugar nor artificial sweeteners.
Try this extremely delicious and creamy mango frozen yogurt recipe, and you’ll recognize a difference in your energy levels afterward. Unquestionably, preparing food or drinks at home will be healthier than fast-food, or purchasing prepared meals from a supermarket. Again, you may come across great options at some stores, but they may not be easily accessible, leaving you to reach for an unhealthy option instead. Try this recipe, and find more in my book, SUNNAH SUPERFOODS, available on Amazon. Enjoy this frozen yogurt for dessert or a snack. You can add frozen strawberries or other fruit for different flavors. Enjoy!
2 cups frozen mango
1 medium orange, peeled
1/3 cup cold water
1 teaspoon turmeric, ground
½ teaspoon ginger, ground
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
¼ cup organic blueberries, fresh
Place the orange, water, turmeric, and ginger in a high-speed blender. Pulse until smooth.
Add the mangos. Pulse until you get a thick and creamy texture.
Pour into serving glass cups. Top with fresh blueberries and walnuts. Enjoy as a replacement for your favorite frozen treat.
Noor H. Salem is an author, speaker, and Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, from Michigan. Noor works with clients in better understanding their bodies and healing with natural foods through her wellness practice, Holistic Noortrition. She presents various workshops, school lectures, group coaching classes, and community lectures on the topic of holistic health. Noor recently published her book, SUNNAH SUPERFOODS, a culmination of life-changing recipes and remedies, with a foreword by Dr. Waleed Basyouni. Her book consists of prophetic hadith, modern research, and delicious recipes, and is in the process of being translated into other language.